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Post by Citroenmad » 18 Sep 2011, 21:56

:o im shocked, that is one cool Volvo!

I like the 850 shape too, and the V70/S70 is a classy shape. Bargains, may need to get one at some point :lol:

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Post by Deanxm » 18 Sep 2011, 22:02

:lol:

The MK1 Focus RS was a bit of a dweeb by the mk2 standard tbh, im not saying its a bad car, the trouble is firstly that dispite being taught and feeling overall a good package the mk2 RS is a bit of a bloater.
After driving your 2k T5 you find yourself rather impressed, all the toys, performance AND space, oh so much space. Then you get in the Rs you have just paid 20k+ for and its a bit too big for throwing around on the small roads, there is no where near enough space in it and to be honest the RS had some build quality issues i dont expect to have in a 27 grand car with a stolen Volvo engine in it, Where is your £27k going??????

Like i say, its a nice package but i could have a much quicker and faster TVR AND and T5R for far less than half the price of a second hand RS............

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Post by XantiaMan » 18 Sep 2011, 22:03

Deanxm wrote:
XantiaMan wrote:
Deanxm wrote:There are a couple on at the moment with manual boxes, 240bhp.

That one your looking at is pretty good for the price atm

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Its just silly having that amount of power straight out the box!
Indeed, its an amazing package, in fact after driving the Focus and a T5 i must admit ford have ruined a good engine with a shockingly average car, for me it would be the T5 every time dispite the age difference.

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I've driven a number of Focus ST over the years I have to say its an excellent combination, very capable car, I still prefer the Mondeo to drive, the Focus is just a bit too small for me!

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Post by DickieG » 18 Sep 2011, 22:24

We had Volvo T5's at work a few years ago, they spent a lot of time off the road being repaired particularly with regard to their brakes needing to be replaced almost every week it seemed and once they got to 70k the plastic rattles drove me mad, I was glad to see the back of them. On the other hand a friend of mine is the Volvo Owners Club Chairman and IIRC his T5 has now done over 150k yet is mint due to him spending an absolute fortune on it.

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Post by Deanxm » 18 Sep 2011, 22:28

DickieG wrote:We had Volvo T5's at work a few years ago, they spent a lot of time off the road being repaired particularly with regard to their brakes needing to be replaced almost every week it seemed and once they got to 70k the plastic rattles drove me mad, I was glad to see the back of them. On the other hand a friend of mine is the Volvo Owners Club Chairman and IIRC his T5 has now done over 150k yet is mint due to him spending an absolute fortune on it.
Thats what being built by ford will do for you :lol:

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Post by DickieG » 18 Sep 2011, 22:44

Deanxm wrote:Thats what being built by ford will do for you :lol:
This was around 2000 so before Ford got involved, trust me Volvos weren't very nice way back when they all looked like bricks, sloppy suspension and breathless engines, I recall having a 760 for a couple of weeks whilst my 528i was being repaired after being rear ended by a lorry, it fell all over the place over poor surfaces with the live rear axle being very evident throughout, still there was always the plastic stitching on the dash and centre console to admire :roll:

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Post by Citroenmad » 18 Sep 2011, 22:56

DickieG wrote: ... still there was always the plastic stitching on the dash and centre console to admire :roll:
:lol: A nice quality image

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Post by Deanxm » 19 Sep 2011, 07:12

DickieG wrote:
Deanxm wrote:Thats what being built by ford will do for you :lol:
This was around 2000 so before Ford got involved, trust me Volvos weren't very nice way back when they all looked like bricks, sloppy suspension and breathless engines, I recall having a 760 for a couple of weeks whilst my 528i was being repaired after being rear ended by a lorry, it fell all over the place over poor surfaces with the live rear axle being very evident throughout, still there was always the plastic stitching on the dash and centre console to admire :roll:
Thats just you police drivers giving them a hard time :lol: apart from the creaking but then a body the shape of a coffin and size of a small skyscraper is going to have a bit of flex, it ads character, like creaky stairs in an old cottage :lol:

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Post by KP » 19 Sep 2011, 07:28

Back on topic anyhow, Gareth on the bay there is a very original looking mg maestro being broken if you want to salvage some rare bits before it gets cubed :-(

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Post by XantiaMan » 19 Sep 2011, 08:32

KP wrote:Back on topic anyhow, Gareth on the bay there is a very original looking mg maestro being broken if you want to salvage some rare bits before it gets cubed :-(
Do you have a link? I only know of one thats been on there a while, a blue one with red bits. Luckily I have a lot of spares from over the years so I'm ok for most bits.

I've seen a nice grey (like my old Activa) V70 T5 CD near Newmarket which I am going to call about later. Its a little bit over the top price wise but looks very straight, worth seeing and haggling over, after all, no-one wants a big, expensive to run and tax turbocharged estate car these days, its all about small, cheap to run, tax and fix cars like the Fiesta :)

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Post by Citroenmad » 19 Sep 2011, 20:18

I saw a very tidy C70 today, a classy looking car indeed. Did you say they can be picked up from £1000? Thats a real bargain if so, tempting.

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Post by Deanxm » 19 Sep 2011, 20:21

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1999-VOLVO-C7 ... 3a6a4bab2a

They can be had for that money alright, to be honest 1k will get you a very good car indeed and you wont have to look hard at all.

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Post by Citroenmad » 19 Sep 2011, 20:35

Deanxm wrote:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1999-VOLVO-C7 ... 3a6a4bab2a

They can be had for that money alright, to be honest 1k will get you a very good car indeed and you wont have to look hard at all.

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That is nice, for no money either 8-)

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Post by Deanxm » 19 Sep 2011, 20:47

Its funny actualy, in the citroen bubble we all moan Activa's arent worth a penny but when you start looking at other stuff they are holding their price fairly well compared to most other cars at the moment.
you cannot give an MX5 away right now and you can pick up a superb fsh 10 year old mondeo for £5 to £700.

Its a petrol heads dream out there at the moment 8-) (i dont mean the mondeo)

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Post by XantiaMan » 19 Sep 2011, 23:15