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gonnabuildabuggy

Probably a better bet than an FFRR

Always liked the idea of one of these.

http://www.pistonheads.com/classi...sport---------------2007/1914245#
TreVoR

They are a rare beast. I have been looking at SUVs recently and I would seriously consider a more sensible D5 version.
gonnabuildabuggy

TreVoR wrote:
They are a rare beast. I have been looking at SUVs recently and I would seriously consider a more sensible D5 version.


A friend had a D5 and it was seriously underpowered (his was an auto) for the size of car, though you can chip them easily to closer to 200BHP.

When the kids leave home, we'll need a big car for occasional family use and carting parents about and something like that or a Disco would be ideal.
TreVoR

I like the Disco but they hold their value far too well!
gonnabuildabuggy

TreVoR wrote:
I like the Disco but they hold their value far too well!


My thoughts as well although Martin will probably have seen the one for sale outside my office a few months ago at a fairly bargains price.

That XC90 is a bit different with that engine, and probably a bit more car like to drive?

That XC90 is owned by David Yiu it turns out.
JohnC

A wealthy friend's wife ran one of those for about 3 or 4 years and they loved everything apart from the real world 12 - 15mpg with a best of 25mpg on a gentle run. They are keen sailors and towed a dinghy and trailer regularly up and down the motorways and 20mpg was about the norm for those journeys.

It was traded a couple of years ago for a new X5 diesel which gets about 10mpg more in most situations and isn't much, if any, slower. They miss a lot of the Volvo's toys though and the sound system in particular.
PhilD

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
TreVoR wrote:
I like the Disco but they hold their value far too well!


My thoughts as well although Martin will probably have seen the one for sale outside my office a few months ago at a fairly bargains price.

That XC90 is a bit different with that engine, and probably a bit more car like to drive?

That XC90 is owned by David Yiu it turns out.


David Yu?
PG

That is strangely appealing.

I agree that the standard D5 is underpowered. A friend had one a few years ago and the progress was leisurely.
Alf McQueef

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:

That XC90 is owned by David Yiu it turns out.


I was going to say that!

Can these be LPG converted? Even if not, then for someone on moderate mileages this would be a bargain, with potentially less maintenance and much nicer to drive than the typical ones.

I saw an ML63 AMG the other day and had a total pang of WANT! I must see what they fetch...
Frank Bullitt

PG wrote:
That is strangely appealing.

I agree that the standard D5 is underpowered. A friend had one a few years ago and the progress was leisurely.


+1 on both accounts - a neighbour has a D5 slusher and we live on the slightest of inclines but it always seems to be struggling to a degree which is impressive when you consider they have a speedboat that must be 2t that sometimes gets pulled by it!  

The V8 version always did feel like a naughty treat and as Alf says, for a low mileage driver would be quite appealing.

In fact...
Bob Sacamano

My brother has a D5 auto and it's been fine. He's had it about 5 years and it's been reliable and seems to progress rapidly enough when I travel in it.
PR

I seem to remember that criticism in early press reviews focused specifically on the slow step-off from a standing start, which meant you could mash your foot on the right pedal and not much would happen for a moment.
Martin

The ops director of a transport company I use has a D5 that looks exactly like that and I've ridden short distances in it.  The refinement is terrible and it really shows its age inside, with lots of poor quality (misaligned) trim.

However, with a smooth V8 and at that price rather than what they cost new, it does make a lot more sense.

Not a patch on a Discovery though in any way (even the 2.7d), which is why they're so much more expensive used.
Scouse

If you get stomach the low miles, then this is a bargain:

http://www.skyfleetcarleasing.co....paign=Volvos&utm_medium=email
TreVoR

PR wrote:
I seem to remember that criticism in early press reviews focused specifically on the slow step-off from a standing start, which meant you could mash your foot on the right pedal and not much would happen for a moment.


That must be a Volvo trait.  Both my V40 and my dad's S80 did this.
Alf McQueef

PR wrote:
I seem to remember that criticism in early press reviews focused specifically on the slow step-off from a standing start, which meant you could mash your foot on the right pedal and not much would happen for a moment.


That would be annoying. The step-off in mine is so brisk and consistent that I am much happier pulling out into small gaps in traffic with it than a manual box, where you may cock-up the getaway. The slipper almost acts like an LSD in helping traction.
Tim

Alf McQueef wrote:
PR wrote:
I seem to remember that criticism in early press reviews focused specifically on the slow step-off from a standing start, which meant you could mash your foot on the right pedal and not much would happen for a moment.


That would be annoying. The step-off in mine is so brisk and consistent that I am much happier pulling out into small gaps in traffic with it than a manual box, where you may cock-up the getaway. The slipper almost acts like an LSD in helping traction.


Isn't it just a trait of turbo diesel automatics?

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