Mystery Car 102 is one of my favorite Swedish cars. Being that it’s a wagon makes it all the more desirable for someone with a family. And the fact that this family wagon has 300 hp, AWD, and a 6-speed manual transmission makes it even better! Mystery Car 102 is none other than a 2005 edition of the Volvo V70R — an awesome car by anyone’s standards.
This particular “R” has 145,000 miles but has been well maintained by the previous owner who claims he got 30+ mpg on highway trips. I believe it. Just driving it home one night convinced me that this was the ultimate sleeper. Under normal driving conditions, it feels like a sure-footed economy car but accelerates like a rocket when needed! Did I say that this was an awesome car yet?
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I looked over the service records and the folder is about 2 inches thick! Every maintenance was done faithfully. The timing belt was changed at 120k miles and the brakes were recently replaced. The only thing that hasn’t been changed yet is the clutch. One of our mechanics told me that it doesn’t need to be done for another 100-150k miles. In other words, this clutch could last until 250-300k miles. So, this is a car that you could safely buy without any qualms.