Used Car of the Day: 2007 Volvo V50 T5 AWD

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

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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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 Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. 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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  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X Kwik_Shift_Pro4X 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

      @Craiger

      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).


  • GregLocock Not interested at all. Apparently I've got Apple car play but I've never used it in 3 years. The built in nav is ok.
  • Corey Lewis Probably worth about what they're asking, given its condition. The color combo isn't a desirable one, they look sharper in non-beige shades. Like two-tone green, maroon, navy, or gray. The end of the time when MB built its cars properly. No shame in turning up in a clean W126, they'll always command respect.
  • Lou_BC Another way to look at this is the upgrading of hardware and software. ...............The average length of car ownership is 10 - 12 years ....................The average lifetime ownership of a cell phone is 2.5 years. ................................................................... My phone will remain up to date, my vehicle won't. Especially if you buy a new "end of run" model.
  • TheEndlessEnigma "...we could be seeing a foundational shift in how Americans and car buyers see Stellantis products." yeah, I view Stellantis products as being off the cross-shop list. Stellantis is doing an excellent job of killing the Chrysler and Dodge brands and turning Jeep into something it isn't.
  • 2manyvettes 495 hp in a base C8 is more than enough. 800+ hp in a ZR1 is not worth the extra $60k (plus dealer markups). Unless the buyer is going for bragging rights. I remember when the C7 Grand Sport came out, and a reviewer got his hands on one and put it on the track at Lime Rock. His conclusion? Save yourself $15k and skip the Z06 and get a Grand Sport.
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