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The one that got away
3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By john benediktson
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2005 Volvo V50 T5 Fwd 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)


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The T5 engines from Volvo provide amazing acceleration while getting excellent fuel economy; the Volvo commitment to safety continues to be unparalleled. Handling of the wagons is not quite as crisp as that of their sedans; but it is still very impressive. This car sold while I was still trying to decide which one to buy; my eventual decision was to buy it but somebody beat me too it; lucky them.


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Best companion for 12 and a half years!!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By kostasg
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2005 Volvo V50 2.4i Fwd 4dr Sport Wagon (2.4L 5cyl 5A)


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Mine is a 1.8lt, 125HP Momentum model, 12 and a half years old. It has already 253.100km. It is a seriously reliable car. Only few minor problems (mainly interior upholstery showing aging) not worth mentioning at all! Always enjoyable, comfortable, premium-feel, and safe ride, even at high speeds (160-180 km/h). I feel very lucky to own this car. Would definitely buy new Volvo, although, I quite like it's plain aesthetic compared to the newer models. I intend to keep it in the best possible condition for as many years as possible, cause I like it, honestly!! Also, all people that happen to ride in the car, always comment highly positively about its GOOD feel, from the first day till now. Honestly, ALL.


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Its good
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By dennisoco
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2005 Volvo V50 2.4i Fwd 4dr Sport Wagon (2.4L 5cyl 5A)


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I always read reviews befour I buy a vehicle except I bought this drove it for 9 years then read the reviews to see what people are complaining about.You will never get used to the complicated heating defroster buttons and lights and so forth,Should have kept it simple.But it is a realy good car.But to be real hnest the only real problem after 185 thousand K.M. is the or was the release for the open the tailgate,The repair only worked til warrenty ran out so I paid a mechanic to put in an actual hardwire with pushbutton to open the hatch.Cant trust the electronic key fob to open it and what good is a station wagan if the tailgate don't open.New axles are 700$ or 115$ shop around.cross border


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Handy as a stationwagen;very reliable;always good gas mileage never less than 35 MPG;thats converted from liyres to Imperial gallans.And if I actually did the speed limit and didn't drive crazy because I do drive it hard;(don't tell my wife)it will get over 40MPG;I think a lot of complaints are not justified like it is not as much room as a caddilac and a little tight.no kidding ,Its not a huge car that's because it is what it is.Dont be afraid to buy parts nacross the border if you live in Canada like I do.same parts same quality a small fraction of the price.I have never had an electrical problem nok on wood.If you want a good safe vehicle ignore most of the bad comments on this site,Its n


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Have a dammed way to open the tailgate like manually or something because its a real problem when it doesn't respond to signal from key fob.Replace timing belt at 185 thousand K.M.should be done at 170K K.M. but no sign of any wear at all.Got 3 speeding tickets with it.thats the fault of the car because you don't realy notice how fast you are going;kidding.Consider all the extra weight that went into the car in the form of crash cage and roll protection if you want protection for your kids and you it realy is worth it.Biggest problem though for 6 years was one of the headlights had a dark spot at night so you could not see complete road;lots of complaining finally fixed;actual warrenty


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133,000 and 6 years and running very well
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By jsrobinow
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2005 Volvo V50 T5 AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 6M)


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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.

Now at 179,000 and still ticking. Front struts, rear shocks and left CV shaft replaced as they merely wore out.
Interior headliner also replaced. No other significant problems.


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Loved this car, but it was a lemon
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By jtroop
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2005 Volvo V50 2.4i Fwd 4dr Sport Wagon (2.4L 5cyl 5A)


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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.


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Fun to drive, great styling!


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electrical issues!!!!!


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