A few weeks ago I joined the 21st century and bought this Volvo S60.
It's a 2.0 pez T S auto with 180bhp, and looks faster than it is. Although it has plenty enough go for me. The 5 cylinder engine also has a nice hum to it when either mooching or hoofing up a motorway slip road.
The beige interior sold it to me, even if it is leather.
I've always wanted to try one again after having a hire car back when they were current, and this one seems to have aged well. Quite literally a FSH, albeit the intervals seem a bit long, and four flippin' Michelin CrossClimates (which need swapping around as the fronts are 2mm down on the rears). The lad who owned it seemed quite particular about his cars, and had the tracking done every year on top of other jobs. I can see why as it does seem to follow the camber of the road, plus the steering wheel is slightly on the piss, so it might need doing again.. He said it was a lot worse on the previous Pirellis.
Being on 225/45s the ride is too twitchy for my liking, so given the choice I'd have something with an actual sidewall. But you can't be too choosy in sub-£500 land! It's a working vehicle which is the main thing.
Obviously it's got some issues, the main one being a noisy near side strut top. The noise is intermittent and not too hideous so I'm hoping it's early stages. I'm also wondering if the twitchy ride is partly down to knackered struts, but I can see a cheap car becoming expensive so I'm planning to do the strut top myself. Just wondering if it's ill-advised though considering I've got to use spring compressors...never used them before.
Despite possible strut top doom I took it to Norfolk last weekend, fully laden with four people plus luggage, and it was comfortable and returned 34mpg overall. After initial thoughts of 'meh it's a modern' I must admit it's growing on me.