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2006 Volvo V70R Estate

Every now and then we like to throw a fast Swede into the mix. Case in point this Volvo V70R estate. We’re all fans of fast five doors here at GCFSB, and of those that have appeared in the last decade, this is one of my all time favorites. In recent years, Volvo has been able to kick a bit of its staid demeanor it has been known for over the years by introducing more aggressive styling and a bit of performance into the mix. Available also as a sedan, the V70R is powered by a 2.5 liter, turbocharged inline five cylinder engine. In stock form, this engine cranked out 296 horsepower driving all four wheels. With Brembo brakes and a multi mode suspension, this makes for one aggressive family hauler. This particular 6-speed manual V70R is for sale in New York and has a low 25,000 miles on the clock. In addition, performance modifications have this estate putting out 360 horsepower.

2006 Volvo V70R on AutoTrader

6 speed manual. This is a 2006 V70R awd turbocharged wagon. Go ahead and look here on autotrader or anywhere else and see if you’ll find a manual with only 25,000 miles on it. Car is in excellent condition and very well maintained. Pop up navigation screen, built in Bluetooth, rear back up sensors, moonroof, rear wing, navy blue leather make these combinations one of the rarest V70R in the United States. Dealer serviced with all paperwork, original window sticker, never been in a accident and Flawless paint on the car. Some wear on the drivers seat that’s it. Tires have about 90 percent tread on them. Mobile 1 synthetic oil used. ECU tune, downpipe, exhaust and ams filter blackout mesh grill and lowering springs installed at Mitchell Volvo motors in Connecticut where the car was purchased new. Performance mods where warrantied threw Mitchell Volvo as a participating evolve/elevate dealership. Puts the horsepower around 360 and torque 380. This car is one of a kind period. My price has very little room for negotiation. If your serious about the wagon please call the number. Emails will not be answered.

It’s true that this could be the lowest mileage V70R 6 speed manual estate on offer, but the price is a bit far reaching. The best V70R estate will probably bring somewhere between $17,000 to $22,000 on a good day. But, the seller’s tone seems to indicate he’s not going to move on price. Unless someone really has to have a V70R estate with a 6 speed manual, this car will probably stay on the market for a bit of time. Money no object, this is a car that is square in my radar and is one that I could conceivably use as the answer to the age old question: “if you could only choose one car to drive for the rest of your life, what would it be?”



  1. KevinR
    KevinR September 17, 2012

    I currently own 2 Volvos, an ’04 C70 and an ’02 V70 XC, so I do have interest in these cars. That being said, WOW! Where to start?

    First, learn how to spell. If you want me to take you seriously as a seller, you have to look the part.

    Second, refusing to accept emails these days is not smart. It’s a new world out there.

    Third, I’m going to have to see a dyno chart before I believe this sled is putting out 360-380hp with just the few modifications listed.

    What you have here is a heavily loaded, low mileage car. Those are pluses. The manual transmission, though admittedly rare, can be a negative in the used car market. Unfortunately, this seller’s attitude coupled with his ridiculous asking price make this car easy to ignore.

  2. Wes
    Wes September 17, 2012

    “My price has very little room for negotiation.”

    Translation: I’m upside down on this car.

  3. Jed
    Jed September 17, 2012

    This car has been for sale for quite some time. It’s unlikely to sell anytime soon with the seller’s attitude. Price isn’t totally out of line for a low mileage, later model 6 speed, but it’s still probably too high unless the seller is completely accommodating.

  4. Larry
    Larry September 17, 2012

    All good points, gentlemen. Seller has an attitude. Car is overpriced by a mile. Ad text is terrible. Photos don’t help illustrate the seller’s assertion about vehicle condition (nice building, but I’m not buying the building).

    As a committed wagon nut, I completely love this car. It’s fast, it’s AWD, and it’s bad-ass. The Volvo R shifter design has got to be award worthy. Too bad about the seller.

  5. Nate
    Nate September 17, 2012

    I’ve been looking for one these for quite some time. Until I realized what maintenance costs were. Replaceing a strut will cost you $400 for the part, then you have to take it to the Volvo dealer to calibrate it into the “4C” system which will cost another $200-300. The majority of repairs can be owner completed with a little knowledge and common sense. The part that will kill you is going to the dealer to have everything recalibrated….even down to the headlights. From the research I’ve done, I figure I’d probably spend an average of $1800 yearly to own one of these in the 70k mileage area. Not gonna happen for this guy. I stick with my A4 for another year, or find a BMWCCA with a well kept 540iT for sale.

  6. Larry
    Larry September 17, 2012

    @ Nate: Not often you hear someone compare BMW maintenance costs favorably to a Volvo.

  7. Dick Trickle
    Dick Trickle September 17, 2012

    Crack pipe!

  8. Miek
    Miek September 17, 2012

    front wheel drive high horsepower car, no thx

  9. Paul
    Paul September 18, 2012

    @Miek, this V70 happens to be all-wheel drive. None of the R versions from this generation were front-wheel drive.

  10. brian
    brian September 18, 2012

    Paul….you had me at hello <3 This is a great find, and likely the last of the great estate cars on this side of the pond.

  11. Paul
    Paul September 18, 2012

    I know someone that owns one of these. His only complaint is the ridiculously large turning radius. Other than that, he loves the car.

  12. Larry
    Larry September 18, 2012

    @ Paul: Any insight as to why the V70R has a ridiculously large turning radius? Is it larger than a regular V70 (or other comparable wagons)?

  13. Paul
    Paul September 18, 2012

    Larry, I believe it has to do with the transverse mounted engine. The axle becomes wide, the wheel wells are small and the big brembos don’t help either. I remember looking it up because I really like the look of the car and the turning radius was over 43′.

    URSDRIVER September 18, 2012

    Transverse mounted engine is a design flaw that goes beyond turning radius. I like everything about these except for the compromised layout. It’s a shame it’s not a real car with proper longitudinal drive-train.

  15. KevinR
    KevinR September 18, 2012

    The turning radius on my C70 and my V70 XC are both 39 feet. Plan accordingly…

  16. Larry
    Larry September 18, 2012

    For perspective, a basic 2012 Ford F-150 full-size pick-up truck has a 41.7 foot turning circle. Right in between the C70 (39 feet) and V70R (43 feet) mentioned above.

  17. Paul
    Paul September 18, 2012

    Even though it’s a smaller car, I miss my 2007 Mercedes C230 if only for it’s articulating steering and 17.7′ turning radius. In comparison, my 2006 MINI Cooper S has a turning circle of just 35′ feet.

  18. Paul
    Paul September 18, 2012

    Geez…a Mini Cooper is 35′ feet. That just seems crazy to me; in fact, I had to look-up the Countryman – 38′.

  19. KevinR
    KevinR September 19, 2012

    Paul, I used to own a 2004 MINI Cooper S and I was convinced you had to be wrong about the turning radius. But you’re not… I guess my memory is being kinder to the car than it was in reality.

  20. Paul
    Paul September 19, 2012

    It’s funny, Kevin. My father has a 2002 Cooper, and I never remember the turning circle being that large. But the first week I had the Cooper S, I did a U-turn coming out of a parallel parking spot on a friend’s block that I could easily do in one move with the Benz. Had to do a three point turn with the MINI. You would think such a small car wouldn’t have this problem, and 35′ seems an insanely huge number, but it’s amazingly the truth.

  21. […] The Volvo V70R is still for sale, but much to my disbelief, the price has been raised to $35,000. Something tells me the owner doesn’t want to sell this car anytime soon. I can’t blame him, as I’d want to hang onto this fast hauler as well.Online Listing | Our Post on this Car […]

  22. chris
    chris September 23, 2012

    First off the car is a blast! .. Once properly tuned .. put the kids in the back and blow the doors of some doorknobs porsche boxer with a trunk load of groceries. that being said it is an over steering machine, so hit the brake and shift some weight before you decide to turn. (sway bars and all) i love mine .. a keeper. The seller’s price is high and he sounds like a real treat to deal with .. but it is the sleeper of all sleepers. For some one who does not mind spending 8 k to much. Buy it .

  23. Larry
    Larry September 24, 2012

    So now the seller increased the price from silly to stupid. $35K?!? Clearly, he doesn’t want to sell it. Or he’s delusional.

  24. Richard Smith
    Richard Smith October 6, 2012

    Is this car still for sale?

  25. Paul
    Paul October 6, 2012

    Richard, the AutoTrader ad is still active, so one can assume it is still for sale (at $35,000). You would have to contact the seller directly from the ad, as we here at GCFSB feature vehicles available from third party sellers.

  26. Graeme
    Graeme October 16, 2012

    lots of horsepower and fwd means lots of torquesteer, which just kinda feels ‘wrong’!

  27. brian
    brian October 16, 2012

    it’s a good thing the V70Rs aren’t FWD…torquesteer kills.

  28. Ooklaaa
    Ooklaaa December 1, 2012

    I own the car.. Thanks for the article but I have no idea who gave you permission to do such a thing.. Thanks for all the comments.. As far as my attitude if you can find this car with the price you want why are your still looking then? O and for my spelling I’m not a correction officer, I break people legs for a living..

  29. Larry
    Larry December 1, 2012

    Thanks for chiming in, Ooklaaa. Always nice to hear from the owner or seller. Please note that when you put a listing on the internet (whether it’s on CL, Autotrader, or whatever), it’s available to everyone on the net. No permission is required.

    There are a number of enthusiast sites like GCFSB out there. Most commenters on these sites aren’t seeking to purchase one of the featured cars, but it does happen. So, while most of us aren’t “still looking,” we’re certainly knowledgeable enough to comment on the cars and the listings.

    Good luck on the sale. From what we can see of the car itself, it looks very nice.

  30. Paul
    Paul December 2, 2012

    Hi Ooklaa,

    Thanks for the reply. If you wish to have this post deleted, please let us know, as I’d be more than happy to oblige as the author of this post. We do appreciate all our commenters’ input, however, I try to moderate as little as possible, with exception of foul language or flamers, obviously. Thanks very much for reading.



  31. Wes
    Wes December 2, 2012

    You should just remove this jack leg’s comment for having an implied threat and leave the rest.

    “I break people legs for a living..” GTFO with that noise. Idiot.

  32. Malacka
    Malacka December 2, 2012

    It’s too bad that the owner is an neanderthal with his childish comments . He purchased the car for $10,000 less than asking price last April and it looks like he’ll be able to keep it forever.

  33. Larry
    Larry December 2, 2012

    Just my two cents, but…offering to remove the post is a nice gesture to the seller, but doesn’t seem fair to your GCFSB followers. This web page says, “GOT SOMETHING TO SAY? GO FOR IT!” It doesn’t say, “(UNLESS THE SELLER FINDS IT OBJECTIONABLE. IF SO, WE MIGHT TAKE IT DOWN)”

    Anything (whether it’s an advertisement or whatever) posted to a public site on the internet is potentially subject to comments from the public. That’s the inherent trade-off of widespread public exposure – the seller gets the benefit of reaching out to the maximum number of potential buyers, but they have to accept that some viewers will question elements of that listing. It’s an inherent balance that goes a long way toward keeping everybody reasonably honest.

    And yes, if I placed an ad to sell my car, and I decided to be a delusional prick about it, I would expect people to call me out. Fortunately, that wouldn’t happen. Because before I posted a patently obnoxious ad, I’d be sure to ask myself, “Does this make me sound like a delusional prick, and is that going to turn away potential buyers?”

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