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98 volvo v-70 timing belt & struts

I am looking for a volvo wagon. I had wanted a 240dl but having trouble finding a dark green one like i want. I have found a 98 v-70 for $3000 but they haven't replaced a timing belt since 50,000 miles and it also needs struts. Is this a bad deal? What should I expect to pay for these repairs in Raleigh NC?

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The V70 naturally aspirated engine in 1998 is an interference engine, which means if your timing belt breaks, you will bend every intake valve in the engine, necessitating a valve job at the very least; around $5K. As soon as you buy the car, spend the $500 to replace the belt, the idler pulleys, the adjustment pulley, and the water pump. Change your thermostat at the same time.

Look at the motor mounts, they are likely broken, check your constant-velocity joints for play (you'll feel a 'wobble' on acceleration through a turn), and you can get aftermarket delrin bushings for the struts, as long as they're not leaking. Have your mechanic inspect and replace the headlamp sockets (they get burnt and cause rapid failure of headlight bulbs). Whenever you do brakes have the mechanic clean, inspect, and electrically test the ABS wheel sensors.

Other than that, a nice solid car.

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