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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Volvo V50 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 5-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 168 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 Volvo V50

  • With its winning mix of Volvo safety and Scandinavian style, the V50 deserves to be on your list if you're in the market for a compact family wagon.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Legendary Volvo safety, IKEA-ready interior, crisp handling.

  • Cons

    Average performance from the non-turbo engine.

  • What's New for 2005

    The V50 is an all-new wagon from Volvo. It replaces the previous V40, and shares a platform with the recently redesigned Mazda 3.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 27
  • highway
Calculate Yearly Fuel Costs
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



133,000 and 6 years and

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Vehicle: 2005 Volvo V50 T5 AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)

I bought this car used via E bay from a private seller. It has had only three odd failures that were easily fixed. One rear hub sheared off three bolts and was replaced. Cause was never determined. Fuel pump module and oil trap failed and were replaced. Other service has been routine. It handles well, accelerates well and gets 25 to 28 mpg day in and day out. With snow tires used in the winter with four wheel drive and six speed manual trans it is an amazing winter car. I go places that the SUV crowd can't go because they use "all-season" tires which in fact are really "no-season" tires. Great car overall, fun stylish and versatile.




Loved this car, but it

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Vehicle: 2005 Volvo V50 2.4i Fwd 4dr Sport Wagon (2.4L 5cyl 5A)

got this car as a Certified Pre-Owned, so I had a bumper-to-bumper warranty, which I used extensively. First to go was the ignition, which went out again later. Next went the radio, which went out again later. Next went the entire electrical system....the entire electrical system!!!! Next was some strange issue with the lug-nuts???? Then the headliner detached from the roof. Then the right side door lock messed up and required a new locking mechanism. Then the alarm started to go off intermittently for no reason. Finally some sensors started to fail and I got rid of it. None of this cost anything to me, but I had to take it into the dealership over and over. Great car but poor quality.




Love car - hate repairs

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Vehicle: 2005 Volvo V50 2.4i Fwd 4dr Sport Wagon (2.4L 5cyl 5A)

Bought this car used, and love it, but the romance is wearing off given the number of problems I've had. Six weeks after my initial purchase I had to have the tailgate completely rebuilt to get to a bad part (not charged, thankfully). since then I've had some issues with the electrical in the radio and fan system. Now I've been told that there is a grease leak in the front axle boot. Worst problem so far? Had to have it towed to Volvo last week when I was stranded by the electrical steering wheel locking mechanism. That was a $700 repair!! At this point I'm seriously thinking of trying to sell it and lease something else.




Review

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Vehicle: 2005 Volvo V50 2.4i Fwd 4dr Sport Wagon (2.4L 5cyl 5A)

We had trouble with the car starting. It would say invalid key and left us stranded twice. They replaced to started and it was fixed under warranty. We also had trouble with fuses blowing and sometimes the windows not going up or down. They replaced the whole electrical system for us under warranty.




It has served me well.

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Vehicle: 2005 Volvo V50 T5 AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)

I have driven the car 58,000 miles now. Initially, I did have a cold start issue when new. But since that problem was fixed in the 1st year (software update), the car has worked perfectly for me. I own the turbo (T5 AWD) and it is a blast to drive. Handling is superb. Great acceleration and pick-up. I opted for the upgraded stereo which is truly spectacular - great crisp highs and deep lows. Edmunds also rated it very highly. Car/road/wind noise suppression is good. But higher end luxury cars will do better.



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Mine's fine!

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Vehicle: 2005 Volvo V50 T5 AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)

I've had my car for 60,000 miles now. It has had one or two minor things go wrong with it (needed new brakes and rotors under warranty), but the dealer has taken care of them. It is a _gas_ to drive- lots of power, responds well. It is just so much fun. The wagon lets me take my dogs, go to the hardware store, etc. If you want a car with lots of room, then get a bigger one.. but this is fine for me. I am still in love with this car-- by far the best I've ever owned.



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Full 2005 Volvo V50 Review

What's New for 2005

The V50 is an all-new wagon from Volvo. It replaces the previous V40, and shares a platform with the recently redesigned Mazda 3.

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Talk About The 2005 V50

2005 Volvo V50 Discussions See all Started By

john1234
john1234
12-28-2008
My wife likes the Nissan Murano Se, I like the volvo V50 2005....


volvomax
volvomax
10-29-2002
V50 will not be available till 2005....


v50mtl
v50mtl
08-24-2005
My 2005 V50 2.4i was recently back at Volvo to have the tint redone. I was given a loaner car, a nice S40 2.4i. The brakes on the S40 loaner were much firmer than my v50's - more responsive, had to pu...



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