The first thing to check when buying a used Volvo is that the car has a full service history. Volvo’s need servicing just like any car and Volvo parts can be very expensive, so if the car hasn’t been serviced when it should have, you could be in for a big bill when you take it for one. Even if the car has been serviced regularly, check when the next one is due as Volvo servicing can be costly, if a service is imminent, this can be a good negotiating point. Also check the MOT document and makes sure that the MOT is valid and check that the address on the log book matches the address you are buying the car at.
Check the interior carefully, including all buttons and handles, especially in the rear, as Volvo are likely to have been used by families. Even minor problems like window handles can be expensive to rectify at a later date so it`s worth checking everything. If you find any problems, ask for money off the asking price. Check all seatbelts.
On the exterior, check that the paint is the same shade all over the car and that the gap between panels is consistent. Make sure that the doors and boot open smoothly. Check the tread depth is legal all over the tyre area. With convertibles, check that the roof opens smoothly and locks into place as it should. Also inspect the cloth for holes or discolouration.
Under the bonnet, check that the VIN matches the one in the log book. Make sure that the wear and tear on the steering wheel and seats seems consistent with the age of the car. Use the dipstick to check the oil level, the oil should be a golden colour and free from lumps. Look on the top of the engine and under the oil cap for a sticky white material, if you find some, this could indicate head gasket damage which would more than likely write the car off. See that the battery terminals are free of rust.
Volvo estate cars are likely to have been used for lugging heavy loads around so pay attention to the suspension during a test drive and check the rear load bay for signs of damage. Also check that the tyres are wearing evenly and look at the underside for scuffing or other damage, especially with four wheel drive models which may have been used for some light off roading. Also check the levels of coolant and brake fluid; you don`t want to buy a car that has been driven without its fluids at the correct level.
Check for known faults. These will vary depending on the model you are looking at. Many popular Volvo models such as the V70 and S40 have no recurring faults but other models do have known problems. Early 440/60s for example are known to be temperamental and have unreliable carburettors. To find the known faults for a particular car, ask an expert or consult an online motoring forum such as those found at torquecars.com.
The Volvo P1800 is a classic sports car which was first made available to buy in 1960. Volvo had long wanted to add a sports car to their range but their previous attempt, the P1900 had been a catastrophic failure, with only 68 units sold. The P1800 was to fare much better, the car was produced, at first, by Jensen Motors in West Bromwich, England.
The original engine supplied with the P1800 was known as the B18 which is derived from the Swedish word for petrol (Bensin) and its 1800cc capacity. It featured dual carburettors and generated 100 bhp. In 1963, production was moved to Sweden due to quality control problems at the Jensen plant. The car was now known as the 1800S, the S denoting its Swedish provenance. At the same time, an extra 8 bhp was added to the improved engine. In 1966, the engine was tweaked again and was now capable of 115 bhp with a top speed of 109 mph. In 1969, the B18 engine was replaced with the 2.0 litre B20B which pushed the power up to 118 bhp. Despite the new engine, the car was still known as the 1800S.
In 1970, however, it became known as the 1800E which was now fitted with the fuel injected B20E engine, generating 130 bhp with no loss of fuel economy. The top speed had now crept up to an impressive 120 mph and the 1800E would accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in around 9.5 seconds.
The last 1800 model to appear was the 1800ES, a coupp station wagon which came to market in 1972. Its engine was a slightly less powerful 125 bhp version of that found in its predecessor, but the 1800ES is generally considered to perform even better than the 1800E. As well as the standard four speed manual gear box with overdrive, the ES was also available with a three speed automatic transmission. The ES also had an all-glass tailgate, the first Volvo to do so and a feature that would be found on several later Volvo models. Although being available for two full years, only 8000 units were produced.
In 1974, the United States was to introduce stricter emissions and safety standards and Volvo decided not to invest the considerable funds needed to redesign the 1800ES given its small production volumes.
In the last year of production, 1973, only the 1800ES was produced. From 1961 to 1973, the 1800 line had seen more than 47000 units made. The marque probably would have performed much better had it not been released at the same time as the Jaguar E-Type. The P1800 was actually more expensive than an E-Type in the UK and only slightly less expensive in the US.
The P1800 appeared on TV as the car used by Simon Templar in the 1960s show, The Saint. Roger Moore, who played Templar, was so impressed by the car that he bought one for himself. When The Saint was revived in the 1970s, The Saint drove a Jaguar XJ-S.
Today, used P1800s can be picked up for as little as $10,000 and are considered a classic car, they are often available through online car listing sites such as Classic Cars.
Volvo Car Corporation will reveal the all-new Volvo V40 at a press conference at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show on March 6.
The all-new V40 is ready to overtake the competition in the Premium Hatchback class with sharpened features and characteristics from larger Volvos wrapped in a sleek, compact package.
Class-leading driving dynamics
The all-new V40 boasts class-leading driving dynamics thanks to focused attention to a number of vital areas. The chassis is designed to offer the agile, connected experience that creates true driving pleasure.
The engine range spans everything from Volvo Car Corporation’s first diesel with CO2 emissions of just 94 g/km to the turbocharged T5 petrol engine with 254 hp and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds. All engine versions feature start-stop and braking energy regeneration, no matter whether they are fitted with a manual or automatic gearbox.
“The all-new V40 wraps you in a super-comfortable cockpit with outstanding ergonomics and technology that make you feel informed, focused and relaxed. This driver-centric approach is what modern Volvos are all about,” says Stefan Jacoby.
Outstanding safety and support package
The all-new Volvo V40 features a class-leading safety and driver support package, including Volvo Car Corporation’s groundbreaking Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake and several other new features.
Among the new features are a world-first pedestrian airbag, Lane Keeping Aid with haptic auto steering, and an ingenious Park Assist Pilot that makes parallel parking easy.
The City Safety low-speed collision avoidance system has been further developed and it now operates at speeds up to 50 km/h.
Studio footage of the XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept. The film features a 360° exterior view as well as interior sequences. The Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid Concept is an electric car, a highly economical hybrid and a powerful high-performance car all rolled into one. The preferred driving mode is chosen via three buttons on the instrument panel: Pure, Hybrid or Power.
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The Volvo C70 convertible reappears in the sunlight in a new Inscription version with a number of unique and desirable features.
The Inscription blends distinctive exterior details such as the painted grille and black 18-inch wheels with exclusive interior features, including Sovereign Hide upholstery and a leather-covered dashboard.
Exclusive interior echoes the exterior
The interior also features a distinctive new look that echoes the unique exterior, including:
The Volvo C70 Inscription will be shown for the first time at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show that will start November 16th. Sales will also start November 2011.
The C70 Inscription is available worldwide with local adaptations. Production volume is limited to 2,000 units a year.
The Volvo S80 and V70 also come in refined special versions that are tailor made for buyers who want a car with that extra exclusive look and individual touch:
Volvo S80 Executive
Volvo S80 Executive features unique details and a very rich content that reinforce its position as Volvo Car Corporation’s top-of-the-line sedan.
The Volvo S80 is the most exclusive Volvo sedan model – and the Executive version features details that emphasize the sober Scandinavian design and the sophisticated comfort of the spacious sedan.
The Executive badge gives a discreet hint that this is an S80 beyond the norm. Inside, the upgraded S80 Executive is the first Volvo model with an instrument panel top in leather, available in espresso brown or off black. Among the interior details that give the S80 Executive a more exclusive character are ventilated soft leather seats with massage function, leather door panels, an integrated analogue clock on the instrument panel and the aluminium centre consol storage.
Specially designed, extra thick carpets reinforce the sober impression. The opportunity to install a fridge in the rear seat, combined with a set of Swedish crystal glasses, also contributes to the enhanced feeling of luxury and comfort.
Volvo V70 R-Design
The V70 R-Design comes with a number of specially developed exterior and interior design details.
The exterior has unique design details in the front, LED turning indicators integrated into door mirrors with silk metal covers and a unique, diamond cut 18-inch wheel called “Ixion”.
On the inside, there are leather upholstery trimmed in off black, leather around the gear selector, and black floor-mats with contrasting stitching.
V70 R-Design is available together with all drivelines, which also makes it possible to choose the 1.6-litre DRIVe diesel with CO2 emissions at 119g/km.
Volvo Sensus – ergonomic high-tech
Both the S80 Executive and the V70 R-Design feature the latest Volvo Sensus infotainment system. In Volvo Sensus, all information is presented on a five-inch or seven-inch colour screen in the upper part of the centre stack. The screen is positioned high up to make it easy for the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road.
Introducing the all-new S60 and V60 R-Design – designed with true sports-car feel and featuring a specially developed chassis to ensure that the driving experience matches the car’s appearance.
Volvo S60/V60 R-Design Launch.
Four-wheel drive and six-speed automatic
Heico Sportiv Body Kit, Suspension and Exclusive Design Elements
The exclusive interior details with the Heico Sportiv logo includes an aluminum shifter, an aluminum footrest, an aluminum pedal set and an aluminum “limited edition” plate with a particular production number.
The pronounced wedge shape and the slim coupe-like roof line of the new V60 are accompanied by the shoulder profile along the car’s sides, creating a gentle yet powerful double wave from the headlamps at the front to the tail lamps at the rear.
The sporty interior of the new V60 is also the most advanced high-tech environment ever available to a Volvo driver.
Groundbreaking technology such as the optional Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake takes Volvo’s safety dedication yet another step towards the vision of building cars that do not get involved in accidents.
In the field of comfort, there are features such as the optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which automatically maintains a set gap to the vehicle in front. What is new is that the Adaptive Cruise Control operates at speeds below 30 km/h, all the way down to standstill in a car with automatic transmission.
The new V60 can naturally be equipped with parking sensors front and rear and a Park Assist camera at the rear. A camera in the front grille with a 180° field of vision is a new Volvo feature that is available as an accessory.
The camera is a great asset when maneuvering in crossings with limited view or when driving out from a tight and narrow exit such as a parking garage. The image from the camera is displayed on the 7-inch screen in the center stack.
The only 40/20/40-split rear seat in the segment, an easy to load luggage compartment and two built-in child booster cushions – the new Volvo V60 is the perfect choice for buyers who want extra flexibility on top of sporty design and an exciting drive.