Owing to its uncommon however fascinating specs, right this moment’s Nice Price or No Dice V50 is described by its vendor as that almost all magical of imaginary beasts: A unicorn. Let’s see if the asking worth on this cool wagon is simply as fantastical.
When it involves dimension, I feel that residence invasion hobbyist Goldilocks had the suitable thought that “just right” is… nicely, excellent. For a lot of you, yesterday’s 2001 Ford Excursion 7.3L Power Stroke didn’t match the standards set by the three bears’ yellow-tressed Uber Eats supply. Complaints within the feedback focused the Ford’s dimension and the associated fee to fill its likewise-large gasoline tanks. In the top, the Excursion’s $18,500 asking worth additionally took successful for being too massive, incomes the truck an awesome 84 p.c No Dice loss.
The 2005 Volvo V50 T5 AWD we’re right this moment could not have the inside house afforded by Wednesday’s Ford, nevertheless it greater than makes up for that with a much more wieldy general footprint, and it doesn’t skimp on packing that smaller house with plenty of cool specs.
The V50 is type of the black sheep of the Volvo line. Conceived through the Ford period, each it and its sedan sister the S50 leveraged the company C1 platform. That additionally supplied the underwear for the European Ford Focus and world Mazda 3. The V50 entered the market in substitute of the outgoing V40, which had been co-developed with Mitsubishi in a similar way to the Ford hookup.
These have been way more Volvo-esque than the V40s, that includes hatch-embracing rear lights and readily identifiable Volvo model. Over the course of its eight-year mannequin run, the vehicles have been constructed at Volvo’s Ghent, Belgium manufacturing facility, in addition to in South Africa and Malaysia.
This clean-title Barents Blue Metallic over charcoal version has just about all the most effective equipment an fanatic might need. That features a 217 horsepower 2.5 liter five-pot engine, a five-speed M56 handbook gearbox, and a Haldex-designed AWD system. That’s all wrapped up in a still-handsome wagon physique. According to the advert, the automotive’s authentic proprietor had ordered it spec’d in the best way they wished and that’s why it has all these great toys.
Now it’s on its second proprietor, and mixed, these two have pushed the V50 a complete of 183,733 miles over the course of its 17 years of existence. That age and people miles may be seen within the modest put on and tear the automotive displays. Issues famous within the advert embrace a large scrap/dent within the right-rear quarter panel, which the vendor attributes to a Door Dash supply; some squirrel injury to the insulation pad below the hood; a non-working CD changer (keep in mind these?); and a headliner that’s drooping within the again.
On the plus facet, there are pretty new struts and tires all the best way round, a rebuilt switch case for the AWD, and a changed A/C compressor to maintain the cabin cool. Those add as much as some critical change and therefore make for a pleasant bundle of upkeep containers checked.
Aesthetically, the automotive seems to be its age and is bothered with what the vendor deems to be “low levels of rust.” I feel that’s an announcement reflective of the automotive’s current residence of Maine the place most vehicles this age have oxidized to powder and photos.
According to the historical past supplied within the advert, this V50 spent most of its life in sunny and comparatively rust-free California the place it did freeway shuttling responsibility between the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. As a consequence, there doesn’t appear to be any street rot of notice, just a few floor powdering across the hatch opening and below the hood.
The inside appears to have held up fairly nicely, apart from the anticipated crazing within the leather-based upholstery and a few normal grime on the tactile surfaces. It’s nothing sudden nor unlivable.
The Craigslist advert put this V50 at a $6,000 asking worth. That looks as if so much for one thing with the mileage baggage this Volvo carries, however then it’s a Volvo, so possibly that doesn’t matter as a lot.
Is this V50 T5 right-priced at $6,000? Or, is that worth one spec that shouldn’t have its field checked?
Maine Craigslist, or go right here if the advert disappears.
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