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Mercedes R class will take an EURO sized pallet so enough space for a cart. different price categorie though but you can also sleep in it the evening before the race
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Now I'm considering something like this:

http://www.autoscout24.ch/it/automob...10&yearto=2006

Anyone knows whether it's really reliable or a money pit?
The boot is smaller than you would expect it to be - but I'm guessing that why you are tempted. I have twice set out to buy a V70R - and twice not bought one. First time I tried the automatic and it was horrid. The old Volvo geartronic box is dim witted and slow to shift and takes away the edge the car should have. A number of years later I looked at another - this time a manual - and all the things the car does well were still there - great brakes, adjustable dampers, cool dash - and it felt swift. And that was the problem - it never really felt bombastic - especially when I drove back to back with a manual 530XD touring. Sure the 530 has more torque but I had expected more urge from the Volvo's top end - but it wasn't there. On the twisties the Volvo remained nose led in its handling and you were never that far from understeer.

Saying all that - I'd still have one. I think they remain one of Volvo's prettiest cars - and the R just oozes controlled menace. I like both the blue metallic and "David Dickenson" orange leather choices - and would take them over beige.

In terms of costs - dampers and brakes are expensive to fix when they go wrong - but the rest of the car is not much more expensive than any other Volvo of that age. The cars are well built and the litany of 300k ones suggests big numbers are possible.
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The boot is smaller than you would expect it to be - but I'm guessing that why you are tempted. I have twice set out to buy a V70R - and twice not bought one. First time I tried the automatic and it was horrid. The old Volvo geartronic box is dim witted and slow to shift and takes away the edge the car should have. A number of years later I looked at another - this time a manual - and all the things the car does well were still there - great brakes, adjustable dampers, cool dash - and it felt swift. And that was the problem - it never really felt bombastic - especially when I drove back to back with a manual 530XD touring. Sure the 530 has more torque but I had expected more urge from the Volvo's top end - but it wasn't there. On the twisties the Volvo remained nose led in its handling and you were never that far from understeer.

Saying all that - I'd still have one. I think they remain one of Volvo's prettiest cars - and the R just oozes controlled menace. I like both the blue metallic and "David Dickenson" orange leather choices - and would take them over beige.

In terms of costs - dampers and brakes are expensive to fix when they go wrong - but the rest of the car is not much more expensive than any other Volvo of that age. The cars are well built and the litany of 300k ones suggests big numbers are possible.
I checked some tech info and the V70 is apparently the best one to fit the kart in since I won't need to remove the front wheels. The boot width at the narrowest point is 114cm against 111cm of the E-Class and 106cm of the A6 Avant. Height and length is not an issue for me. 5 series would be my first choice but it's even narrower.

Also I read that the 2004-2006 have a different 6-speed automatic gearbox that is a bit better than the 5-speed from the earlier models. Still, I would prefer a manual.

Looks like a downpipe, intake and chip would bring it to 350HP . Not bad.
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I need a wide wagon to transport my go-kart.
The Skoda SuperB Combi seems to have an enormous boot - but I don't know if it's as wide as the V70? http://www.autoscout24.ch/3993412
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I checked some tech info and the V70 is apparently the best one to fit the kart in since I won't need to remove the front wheels. The boot width at the narrowest point is 114cm against 111cm of the E-Class and 106cm of the A6 Avant. Height and length is not an issue for me. 5 series would be my first choice but it's even narrower.
Surely an old school 700/900 estate would be a good choice

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The Skoda SuperB Combi seems to have an enormous boot - but I don't know if it's as wide as the V70? http://www.autoscout24.ch/3993412
As far as I know SuperB, A6 or Passat share the same plataform.
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Surely an old school 700/900 estate would be a good choice

Yes, I also thought about the newer V90 but it's hard to find one with decent mileage and they are too dated for my taste.
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Old 19.05.2016, 08:48
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Yes, I also thought about the newer V90 but it's hard to find one with decent mileage and they are too dated for my taste.
Scary but good 700/900/V90 are now falling into the collectors market. IMHO they lack the appeal of the 200 (even if the rear door is about as bodged a solution as you can find - you'll now find a picture and realize what I mean!!) but they are the ultimate "I have priority" car - and this one looks very smart. If will have the B280F engine - which was nasty PRV V6 with a new Volvo head on it - removing the PRV nastiness and leaving you with a real wafting car. The engine note is worth the price tag alone. Fuel consumption is horrendous for the performance - the best I ever got was 11l/100km - and corners should be approached in a leisurely manner.

Old Merc estates are now really thin on the ground - but if you can find an old E280 or E320 they are worth bagging. The 300-4-matic should be approached with an extraordinarily long stick with poop on it.

I would have felt that a solid trailer would have been a better option for you anyway.
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E46 in knackered rear spring shocker!!! NOT!!
It is their weak point - along with rusting on the arches and sills. In general the 3-series suffers more than the 5 and 7-series BMWs when it comes to rust and suspension issues.

I still rate the E34 BMW 5 series as one of the last "great" properly engineered cars (along with the Merc W124)



A long way short of the Volvo P1800 then


Ha! Just seen this: no it wasn't a major shocker but was still a pain to have to deal with. I was more surprised when one of the springs on the family Tiguan rusted through at 140'000 kms - it looks to be a design failure and something to watch out for.
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Ha! Just seen this: no it wasn't a major shocker but was still a pain to have to deal with. I was more surprised when one of the springs on the family Tiguan rusted through at 140'000 kms - it looks to be a design failure and something to watch out for.
Tiguan I am surprised about.

Any SUV tends to consume suspension components as owners abuse them going over speed bumps too quickly and up and down kerbs. Corrosion is another matter though
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I checked some tech info and the V70 is apparently the best one to fit the kart in since I won't need to remove the front wheels. The boot width at the narrowest point is 114cm against 111cm of the E-Class and 106cm of the A6 Avant. Height and length is not an issue for me. 5 series would be my first choice but it's even narrower.
I have found more recent Volvo dimensions here
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For anyone on the look out for a new car - the run up to Christmas often means bargains are about.

AMAG has 0% leasing on cars in stock.
This Merc dealer has a low KM, 8mth old demonstrator for 51k (reduced from 87k new price)

Check out your local dealers for more winter offers.
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I like both the blue metallic and "David Dickenson" orange leather choices - and would take them over beige.
Sonic Blue and Atacama you mean?

Have one of those (sedan)
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Sonic Blue and Atacama you mean?

Have one of those (sedan)
I meant the blue metallic leather colour - but the Sonic blue with orange is a superbly R colour combination.

I saw a yellow T5R a few weeks ago - looking absolution fantastic.
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Ahh.. Nordkap (blue) and Atacama (orange).

2 of my neighbours have yellow T-5R estates - one is in a very rough state while the other one is in mint condition... I wish I could get my hands on one... since I have all the period goodies for it (Ohlins, ap racing brakes, engine carbon fiber cover...etc )
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Ahh.. Nordkap (blue) and Atacama (orange).

2 of my neighbours have yellow T-5R estates - one is in a very rough state while the other one is in mint condition... I wish I could get my hands on one... since I have all the period goodies for it (Ohlins, ap racing brakes, engine carbon fiber cover...etc )
I have a contact in Volvo circles over here - if you want me to put the word out for one.
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it all depends on the price I like gul yellow T-5R's but to a reasonable amount only. For spending way more than I should that's already the case with the 2007 S60R, manual, "Sonicama".
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it all depends on the price I like gul yellow T-5R's but to a reasonable amount only. For spending way more than I should that's already the case with the 2007 S60R, manual, "Sonicama".
There is one leggy T5R on Autoscout - for 10k

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- Automatic

A manual, yellow, estate is going to be 20k give or take (IMHO). That and a 16k RS2 are on my "regret I didn't buy" list
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that makes 2 of us :/

4 years ago I saw a gul yellow for roughly 10k with manual gearbox for sale... not anymore... then there is always the crazy color coded bumpers sedan for 20k on autoscout... but it's not the same
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that makes 2 of us :/

4 years ago I saw a gul yellow for roughly 10k with manual gearbox for sale... not anymore... then there is always the crazy color coded bumpers sedan for 20k on autoscout... but it's not the same
Doesn't feel "right" that one - I'm surprised the original wheels aren't on the car.

10 years ago I had original Pegasus's (bought for 250 the set) on a V70 T5
12 years ago I had 240GLT wheels on a 740
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