Used Car of the Day: 2007 Volvo V50 T5 AWD

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

used car of the day 2007 volvo v50 t5 awd

Want a car that's cheap, a bit of a project, and a stickshift? This 2007 Volvo V50 T5 with all-wheel drive will fit the bill.

The seller wants $2,500 as is or $9,500 if he/she fixes the "engine troubles." More specifically, the head gasket and valves and a "couple other things" started causing problems at 196,000 miles.

Apparently, outside of the engine, everything else is great -- the body is in good shape and the gearbox shifts well.

So click here if this is your cup of tea. If not, tomorrow's another day.

[Images: Seller]

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  • Kwik_Shift Kwik_Shift on Aug 04, 2023

    I'm sure parts in general are becoming scarce. A local garage has two older Volvo wagons sitting for at least 3 months now. Waiting for parts.

    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Aug 04, 2023

      Depends on the part and the model. What became the T5 was produced for a long time in turbo and N/A form (2.3, 2.4, 2.5) but some of the odd ball drivetrains are probably close to unobtanium.

  • Craiger Craiger on Aug 04, 2023

    I believe (not certain) that the V50 in 2007 was the same platform as the S60. A girlfriend at the time bought the S60. Miserable car. Huge turning circle. AWD clomped over bumps. Rode, handled, and stopped like crap. Slow. And it had some weird protuberance above the brake pedal that I would constantly catch my foot on. I told her to get a 3 Series, but she insisted that "Volvos are the safest cars!"

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    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Aug 07, 2023


      if its pretty new its SPA and not a P1 as shown above. Volvo implemented its Drive-E engine in mid to late MY16 SPA platform models in USDM, and it kind of sucked. I've read anecdotally by MY18 its "good" but if in the market I'd so serious research and carry an extended warranty. I also recently read a Volvo tech post which explained the earlier Drive-Es had its ECU mounted somewhere (without a heat shield) which cooks it and its $2,800 from Volvo to replace. Cannot use a junkyard ECU, I asked.

      The scuttlebutt I've heard is Volvo Cars fully completed its transformation into thinking I-am-Mercedes and they are not designed to be owned out of warranty after 2016ish (Zee Germans had this model since the late 90s, designed for two owners (leasee and CPO) and essentially recycled).

  • 28-Cars-Later So here's the headline between the lines, dealers are worried the Federal government isn't going to pay them in a reasonable timeframe (or perhaps not at all ?) and it will create cashflow problems. This is through the looking glass stuff.
  • SCE to AUX "scheme" appears 5 times in this story. We get it.I don't understand the concern. Many, many EV credits have passed to dealers/mfrs in the decade since since Cash For Clunkers, and did so for leased EVs. I've leased two EVs, and the Federal subsidy went straight to the mfr - not me. The dealer took that figure off the sale price.You'd think the dealers (especially Nissan) had never seen this before - how ridiculous.Tell you what, dealers - advise your mfrs you'd rather not take the risk, and see how that goes.
  • Crtfour It's long before the first recall?
  • Oberkanone You get a workout driving an Opel GT compared to driving experience of today. No power steering, manual transmission, and just getting into and out of the car requires extreme physical flexibility. I favor the Saab Sonett III over the Opel GT. If I'm buying a tiny two seat 1972 odd car I'm going all in.
  • Lou_BC Ford's on strike. Using photos of Fords is like crossing a picket line. ;)