Used Car of the Day: 2013 Volvo C30 Polestar

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today's UCOTD is a speedy Swede with a stick.

Yes, that's right -- for $17K, you can get a stick-shift 2013 Volvo C30 Polestar with a six-speed manual.

The seller does say the car has a rebuilt title but he or she also says this C30 -- number 143 out of 250 -- is in excellent condition and has just 68,000 miles on the clock.

Factory equipment includes blind-spot monitoring, a moonroof, 17-inch Styx wheels, a black-and-tan interior, and an R-design body kit. Aftermarket equipment includes a KPAX racing exhaust, subwoofer, Thule roof rack, and tinted windows. The seller thinks the previous owner may have tuned it.

Within the past 2,000 miles, the seller has serviced the brakes, tires, timing belt, water pump, and, for some reason, the cylinder head.

Apparently, the car was purchased from an insurance auction and the right rear quarter panel has been repaired.

So there are some yellow flags here, but on the other hand, this is not an easy car to find. If this is your kind of thing, check it out here.

[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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  • Fred Fred on Feb 17, 2023

    I looked a plain C30 back in 2009, as other have mentioned it seemed like a nicer more expensive Focus. I got a used Audi A3 for less. When ever I saw one I was reminded that I made a better choice.

  • Peter Peter on Feb 23, 2023

    speaking as a Volvo technician it is not at all uncommon to see a P1 Volvo (C30,C70,V50, and S40) in need of head work. In their infinite wisdom Volvo designed the P1 chassis with a washer fluid level sensor, but no coolant level sensor. P1 chassis a cars also had two notable weak spots in the cooling system once they get older, a leaking reservoir and a lower radiator hose with several bonded connections that tended to leak. Combine all this together and cars run low on coolant very slowly and then one day as your stuck in traffic on the I-10 your car informs you that it’s overheated. Very rarely does the head need replaced usually a gasket replacement corrects things.

  • Ajla There's a melancholy to me about an EV with external speaker-generated "engine" noise and fake transmissions. It feels like an admission from the manufacturer that you're giving something up and they are trying to give back some facsimile of it. Like giving a cupcake scented candle to someone on a diet. If I was shopping for an EV I'd rather go to a company enthusiastic about it rather than apologetic.
  • EBFlex More proof of how much EVs suck. If you have to do this, that means you are trying to substitute what people want...and that's ICE.
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  • ChristianWimmer The interior might be well-made, but the design is just hideous in my opinion. It’s to busy and there’s no simplistic harmony visible in it. In fact I feel that the nicest Lexus interior ever could be found in the original LS400 - because it was rather minimalistic, had pleasing lines and didn’t try to hard. It looked just right. All Lexus interiors which came after it just had bizarre styling cues and “tried to hard” if you know what I mean.
  • THX1136 As a couple of folks have mentioned wasn't this an issue with the DeLorean? I seem to recall that it was claimed you could do a 'minor' buff of the surface and it would be good as new. Guess I don't see why it's a big deal if it can be so easily rectified. Won't be any different than getting out and waxing the car every so often - part of ownership, eh.