1997 Volvo S70 SE 2.5 10v Auto LPG SOLD
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|I never thought the day would come where I sell this car however due to being made redundant during the pandemic and subsequently taking a job that pays half what I was on, I can’t afford to keep it. I bought this car 5 years ago from the estate of chap who had passed on. It had 36k miles on it and a history including every bulb and wiper blade ever bought. The history also includes the original hardback sales brochure and a copy of the options list with notes from the previous owner. It also had a full Volvo service history, so even on a year where he'd done less than 500 miles it still had a full Volvo service! Since then I have kept up the history folder, while servicing it myself by and large. All receipts are included for anything I have bought and any more major work that has been carried out by a garage. I also have a spreadsheet for every tank of fuel (including MPG!) and every part, however small, that can be passed on to the new owner too. Included in all of this is the LPG conversion and certificate. This is a professional conversion that is declared with DVLA. The car has been 100% reliable for me over the 90k miles I have driven it (85k on LPG) and has only ever had wear and tear items replaced, all of which can be verified on the spreadsheet! A few weeks before lockdown it had a major service, including coolant, brake and gearbox fluids renewed costing over £1000. I did this as I never predicted I would sell it but it is now certainly ready for another 100k miles with someone new! |
Spec wise it has everything that was available 23 years ago – electric windows x4, electric mirrors, drivers electric memory seat, passenger height and rake adjustable seat, electric sunroof, climate control, air-con and cruise control. I have added rear parking sensors, with a display showing distance which is visible in the rear view mirror.
Condition wise I would say it is good, bordering on very good for its age. I know every inch of this car, having clay barred, polished and waxed it more times than I care to remember. If you would like a full report, please contact me and I will be only too happy to go over everything in minute detail to save a wasted journey for you. It has blemishes all around, some more major than others. The chap who owned it before me lived on a very narrow drive (I picked it up from his house and saw it) and consequently caught both front bumper corners and the edges of the mirrors. The only proper dent (apart from ones that you have to look very obliquely at to see) is one on the front of the bonnet. As I was using the car as a daily, as an everyday useable classic, I never bothered tidying any of this up. The alloy wheels could do with being refurbished, as they have corrosion/bubbling but none have any major kerbing and again, as a daily from 5 paces back they look fine.
Mechanically the car runs perfectly. Again if you are serious please contact me and I will be happy to go through everything the car has had done in great detail. Most recently, shortly after the major fluid service, an ABS light popped up. I gave it to a garage to investigate who diagnosed the offside rear ABS sensor. They replaced both rear sensors however the light came back as the country went into lockdown. As the garage was closed I tried changing them again however that hasn’t solved it. This remains undiagnosed. Around the same time (I worked the first week of lockdown) I had two new tyres fitted and it was noted that the offside CV boot was split. So during lockdown I replaced the whole CV joint and boot, just in case any dirt had got in and compromised the joint. I also bought a new set of brake discs and pads for the front, to see if that had any bearing on the ABS (it didn’t!). The old ones still have life in them but the new set will come with the car, along with other new spares including lower wishbones and joints, track rod ends, bulbs, LPG filters, Haynes manual etc (the boot will be full of free goodies!). As I lost my job the car has done next to no miles for the last 3-4 months, so the tyres, CV etc are all brand new. The only other thing is since it has been sat it has developed a bit of a brake squeal (I think from a back brake). It’s not binding, they all spin freely by hand but I’m hoping by running it that will disappear.
It will come with a full tank of LPG. The tank is 120 litres (from memory) and takes nearly 100 litres from empty (depending on which pump you refill at). 100 litres is good for about 550 miles. The LPG filler is the European style and is hidden behind the fuel filler cap, along with the petrol cap. It comes with a couple of adaptors to refill using the UK version. It also has 3 gallons of petrol in it (I don’t keep that too full as it is only used for the first couple of miles when cold and didn’t want it getting stale).
Not included in the sale but available by separate negotiation is the Hi-Fi installation. This cost thousands new however I would be willing to let it go with the car for the right price, to save me a day uninstalling it! If it isn’t required, I have all of the original Volvo stereo, which will be refitted. The head unit is a double din Kenwood, with DAB, DVD, CD, Aux, Ipod, USB, Bluetooth (inc. hands free). The front speakers are Focal components, the rear doors are Genesis. The rear parcel shelf has two 8” Kicker subs (installed in the original Volvo sub locations). In the boot is a removable 12” Genesis sub (not shown in the photos). The amps (installed on the back of the rear seats) are a Genesis Profile 2 for the Kicker subs, a Genesis Sub Ultra for the 12” sub and a Genesis Profile 4 driving the door speakers. Power is through 0 gauge cable and controlled via a Mutant 5.0 Farad Cap. Have a Google of the amps if you aren’t familiar and it will fall into place (they are British hand built). Also have a look on eBay to see how much they go for. The quality of the whole system is sublime but I appreciate might not be required for a lot of people looking for a Volvo S70!
If you are interested please get in contact as I can give an awful lot more detail about the car, as well as detailed pictures of whatever you might want to take a closer look at. This is a genuine car and I would dearly love to see it go to a loving new home.
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