Used Car of the Day: 2006 Volvo XC90

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Sometimes we share clean used cars that would make solid daily drivers. And sometimes we share something that needs work but could be had cheap.

Today's 2006 Volvo XC90 is the latter case.

Yes, I know XC90s aren't uncommon -- and usually, when I share something that needs a lot of work, it's a rarity. Still, this one could be had for just three grand.

Why? Well our seller says it drips oil. He or she also, somewhat confusingly, says the engine has low mileage but also needs a rebuild or repair. Adding to the confusion is that the vehicles' mileage is over 123K.

The rest of the package looks good, save for a replaced fender. No rust, working Bose audio, interior in good shape.

So, if you can sort through the confusion, and fix the engine IF it needs repair, you can perhaps snag a bargain.

Click here to see more about this Ohio-based rig.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on May 04, 2024

    I cannot remember what happens now, but there are whiteblocks in this period which develop a "tick" like sound which indicates they are toast (maybe head gasket?). Ten or so years ago I looked at an '03 or '04 S60 (I forget why) and I brought my Volvo indy along to tell me if it was worth my time - it ticked and that's when I learned this. This XC90 is probably worth about $300 as it sits, not kidding, and it will cost you conservatively $2500 for an engine swap (all the ones I see on have north of 130K miles starting at $1,100 and that's not including freight to a shop, shop labor, other internals to do such as timing belt while engine out etc).

  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb on May 06, 2024

    18 year old Euro with admitted "issues". RUN from this money pit. My experience with European cars is time is more of an enemy than Mileage. I'd rather a 5 year old BMW with 120k miles than a 15 year old one with 50k. Electronics, wiring, plastics, exterior trim etc. just crumble with time, particularly if the car has lived in a harsh climate outside. I have folders of receipts from BMW, VW and Audi shops if you'd like to see the evidence of my thesis.

    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on May 06, 2024

      This may have been true at one time, but now so much of the engine bay is plastic and subject to heat as well as age so you will still potentially run into issues at 5 years you used to only see in 15yo examples.

  • Ajla It's weird how surveys comes to conclusions like this when about 100% of the responses then mock the results.
  • Jkross22 It very much depends on the dealer. Just bought a replacement for the CX9. A local dealer gave a $500 discount on a CPO car while another one gave a few thousand dollar discount but was out of the area and we had to drive 5 hours to get. The local dealer still seems to think it's 2022 and cars appreciate when sitting on the lot. I wish them luck.
  • Ajla "and the $34K price doesn't seem too steep." Respectfully disagree. This would be okay at $29K. $34k clangs into way too much.
  • FreedMike i puUut pUniZhR sTikKr oNn mY KoMMpAs aNd nOW i hEeR Eegle SkReem. (And no one knows it's made in Mexico.)
  • SCE to AUX What a farce.Besides, "patriotism" has been redefined a hundred different ways in the last 20+ years. Disagree with one of them, and you're a traitor.And for starters, Jeep is a Stellantis brand with its HQ in the Netherlands. If this persistent myth about patriotism is ever cracked, the brand is doomed.