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Older V70 or newer Mondeo?

Volvo V70 vs. Ford Mondeo

23/01/2014 12:19 |  Comments: 
Which to choose, a V70 2.4 D5 made in 2002-2003 or a TDCi Mondeo from 2005-2006?

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 Dear Friendly Car Dealer,

In the past 15 years I’ve had Ford Mondeos mostly, which I liked a lot. I’m itching for a newer car again and have started looking around for a 2005 Mondeo, although the TDCi –typical problems scare me. My mechanic, however, is trying to talk me into buying an older Volvo V70 instead, which would only be about 2-3 years younger than our current car, but my wife buys none of that. Which do you think would be the better choice, a V70 2.4 D5 made in 2002-2003 or a TDCi Mondeo from 2005-2006? How big an issue is rust with Volvos of this age? What about the running cost?



Dear Lajos,

This sentence struck me: „…which would only be about 2-3 years yonger than our current car, but my wife buys none of that.” So what if the car is only 2-3 years younger? Is there a rule that one’s cars have to get younger and younger? Do you have to show off? Anyone who thinks their car will make them a better person is wrong. Anyone who thinks a newer car is less likely to break down is wrong, too. Please show your wife pictures of the cars our staff drive. None of us have a new car, not even a youngish one, yet we don’t break down all the time and we feel good about our cars.

Back to your question and the models you mentioned, the injection system of the TDCi Mondeo is indeed sensitive, albeit I know of a few people who experience no problems at all with theirs.  The engine of the Volvo V70 2.4 is very good, but you should inquire about how many times the given car has driven around the world. Rust isn’t really issue, but you should take a good look at the body. If it has a manual gearbox, it’s bound to need a dual mass flywheel replacement, if it’s automatic, a gearbox change sooner or later. The same goes for Mondeos. As for the running cost, the best thing you can do is check out the prices of the wear and tear parts in webshops to see whether they fit your budget. How about a Mondeo 1.8 petrol?


Friendly Car Dealer.

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