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Best AWD for the money

Trading cars and need one that is an AWD for the snow we get here in the mountains. Looking at an 07 Volvo S60 AWD and an 08 Subaru Forester. Both have around 45,000 miles. They're pretty similar in packages. Volvo is $10,000 and Forester is more like $17,000. Of COURSE the price matters tremendously, but all things considered generally, which of the two cars would be the better car all the way around? Any thoughts based on what you know of these two cars?

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  • busy girl Feb 02, 2010

    Any Volvo die hards out there?

  • busy girl Feb 03, 2010

    Just looking for other opinions on the matter so I know what's said in support of the Volvo. THAT way, I can have both sides of the coin and make an informed decision based on what "experts" who have both preferences have to say........"wasting my money" is not something you need to comment on or worry about! I'd like ALL opinions..........not just the first one I get!

  • busy girl Feb 03, 2010

    More opinions or info anyone can give me? I'd like to be an informed buyer.....nothing personal against anything anyone has to say...just want as much knowledge as I can get. Not looking for someone to "agree" with me.

  • busy girl Feb 03, 2010

    Thank you for your answer and attitude. I'm simply trying to get information on two cars I'm unfamiliar with. (I haven't had a Volvo before). I imagine Volvo's are more expensive to have worked on, sure. I'm not sure what sort of miles I can expect from their motors ultimately. I usually buy new cars. The one I have now is an 08 with 25,000 miles, so I'm going with a car with more miles which worries me. ........trying to cut a car payment down while getting a car that will get me around in the snow. I've always heard good things about Volvos, but I know that Subarus are good AWDs. I don't know if a S60 would go in the snow as well as a Forester or not. Not sure of what kind of MPG I could expect. AND I want something that will have some value left in it when I want another car......I'm surprised that the Volvo doesn't seem to have the value I would have expected it to have .....the Subaru is close to double the cost! Lots of things for me to consider.

  • busy girl Feb 03, 2010

    what do you think about the value? Do you think it's odd that the Volvo is only $9000? 3 yr old car, 45,000 miles? The Subaru seems "worth" a GOOD bit more at 17,000 with the same miles. Can't quite figure that one out. Is that a red flag?

  • busy girl Feb 03, 2010

    Appreciate your willingness to present all sides to me and your patience with my little bit of knowledge!

  • busy girl Feb 03, 2010

    Volvo - 2 owners (CEO's car and considered fleet vehicle til 38000 miles then the new owner til now), Private Sale, Loaded features



    Subaru - 1 owner, Dealership, Loaded features



    thanks for your continued help.

  • busy girl Feb 03, 2010

    Would it bother you that it has had 2 owners? The first was a company CEO, so it was listed as a fleet vehicle. The current owner got the car at 38,000 miles until present. This is also a private sale as opposed to a dealership.

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Volvo,is a premium leader in perfection,and very dependable.Although subaru is also,I have had some problems on here to solve ,very little with volvo,mostly older models,and minor things.Volvo has a good reputation ,on all aspects,and the subaru is pretty good also,but the money,well,to me,it is like steak,and hamburger ,or not that bad,maybe ground round,But this is a volvo ,for a lot less money,even a year older,you still ,I believe ,are better off .Volvo,is a better built car,just have it checked out ,and if it checks out fine,then I would go for the Volvo,You had one,and you will be more familiar with the product,and you would be getting into unfamiliar territory with the forester,so,there you have it.I hope I was helpful,somewhat,if so,please let us know,thank you.

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    Ronny Bennett Sr. Feb 03, 2010

    Of course,I under stand,seeing records for the two cars will help,and as for the miles,well,that is where the records will help,the money is something also,,and if it is the big payment ,the volvo might be the choice,the Volvo,was engineered in the right terain and the snow,so,that is something to consider,and the other one,subaru,is a bit higher,it will be a newer vehicle,but will it hold up as well,as far as taking the snow in the Volvo,I think it will be excellant.

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    Ronny Bennett Sr. Feb 03, 2010

    Fleet vehicles are most likely serviced very well,if the other owner was neglectful,it would most likely show up.

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From experience I will advice you go for 2007 Volvo S60 AWD.

I used the same car when I was in Sweden and it served me pretty well. Economical to maintain, easy to understand and works pretty good in harsh condition. You will have no regret if you buy.

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  • Titilayo Sodipe Feb 03, 2010

    For all I care, it is a good car and a great buy.

    It does not matter at all.

    Mine was great till I relocated.


  • Titilayo Sodipe Feb 04, 2010

    Okay.....

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Hi,
Based on money and mileage. I would definitely take the volvo. They are the safest cars on the road. There is a reason for this reputation. Volvo's have also long been known for reliability. Also with the price difference. you have about a 7 grand cushion. Subaru is good don't get me wrong. But based on all the factors you have given, I would definitely go with the volvo. If you have any other questions please let me know.
Thank you,
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    Lee A. Feb 03, 2010

    The way fixya's support system works really only one expert gets "credit" for his hard work in the end. If you would like I can assist you further in any and all technical information you would like. If you would like to let me know what is most important to you I can do that as well. I believe my original answer was more then complete. Are you just looking for a lot of people's if so you may be better served joining a free forum for this issue. Honestly based on everything you stated in your original post the volvo is the hands down winner. If you need any further assistance let me know and please reconsider and accept/rate my solution accordingly.
    Thank you,
    Lee


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    Lee A. Feb 03, 2010

    Sorry if there is some misunderstanding. I am just trying to inform you of how the system works and figuring out what your expectations are. They both get about the same gas mileage as well. Honestly to give you more detailed vs. comparison would need to know exact information specific models of both vehicles etc. They are both AWD so they will both be very comparable in snowy conditions. Depending on the model of the forester they both have 16" wheels so. both very comparable vehicles. It all depends on your situation economically, your wants and needs.
    Thanks again,
    Lee


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    Lee A. Feb 03, 2010

    Hi,
    Those questions would require more information to answer. Are these cars at a dealership? private sale? If so how many owners on each one of them? Also you have to look at the features of each one. If one is a base model with no features that could be one reason. The volvo according to kbb should be worth at least 15,000 in good condition. They are fairly comparable in price. If you find my information at anytime you can accept/rate my solution accordingly and we can still communicate beyond that point.
    Thanks,
    Lee


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    Lee A. Feb 03, 2010

    Hi,
    Well that is one reason for the price difference right there. Prices on a car at a dealership will always be much higher then private sale. No two owners doesn't matter to me. You would want to ask why the second owner is selling it after only owning it for 7k miles. As I've said Volvo still looks like the better buy. Please reconsider your rating and accept/rate my solution accordingly.
    Thank you,
    Lee


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I know absolutely for sure the Subaru is the VERY BEST AWD on the market, it is super reliable and has no serious reported problems of ANY kind, the Volvo has lots of reported issues, also the Volvo is much more expensive to repair than the Subaru.

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    yadayada Feb 02, 2010

    I am not a Subaru owner (or Volvo), I just know by repair experience which is the better car, have 45 years as a tech and don't speak without allot of back ground knowledge to back it up, if u just want someone to agree with u why waste your money here?? I give unbiased experience based opinions, personnely i don't buy anthiong but American, but that doesn't change the facts, if just makes me old fashioned and product bound.

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    yadayada Feb 03, 2010

    after reading all u wrote not really sure what u want here, have 45 years of automotive experience.

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