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I have owned a 1966 Volvo 960 saloon for 5 years and done 40,000 miles. Total mileage is now 88,000 with full Volvo service history. The car runs well, is well-equipped and comfortable to drive. Next year end, when the expected total mileage will be 100,000, I anticipate making a decision as to whether to keep it and probably spend several thousand pounds on replacing parts which are time or mileage due, plus bodywork to approaching new, but not showroom, condition, (the paintwork is dull due to many automatic car washes and usual minor chips and scratches). Also the alloys need professional refurbishment. My budget for a replacement would be up to £15,000 cash. I like and enjoy the Volvo but realise even after spending considerable money it will still be worth very little. This is not a problem for me as long as I can get say another 70k -100k miles out of it. I get about 28mpg and this is acceptable to me. What's your opinion please?

Asked on 21 March 2009 by

Answered by Honest John
If you spent £3k on a repaint and alloy refurb, then the cylinder head
cracked you'd have a car worth virtually nothing that you had just spent £3k on. I'd operate on the basis that cars are designed to last 7 years and any longer you get out of them is a bonus that could be curtailed at any time. So buy newer. By the end of the year you will be able to buy a very nice 12 – 18 month old S80 for £15,000.
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