Sleeper Estate: 2000 Volvo V70R – $8,000
Wagons are an enthusiast favorite for offering a decent-handling alternative to the bloated SUV or CUV options that now flood dealer lots. Combine a wagon with a high-performance drivetrain and you have a car that will go down as a hero for gearheads everywhere. Volvo has long been a proponent of the wagon design, and became a permanent fixture in enthusiasts’ hearts when it created the V70R out of the new P80 platform. This modified example here on Craigslist in Grafton, Massachusetts features an interesting assortment of performance and cosmetic enhancements, some of which are easily reversible should the next owner want to maintain the sleeper appearance. The seller is asking $8,000, which skews a tad high according to the NADA Pricing Guide that pegs the R’s high retail at $6,800. If a high performance wagon is on your short list of cars to own someday, you can start the conversation with the seller by reaching out via email here.
Volvo knew a thing or two about building models that would immediately achieve cult status in its loyal customers’ minds, having built turbocharged wagons for years and effectively created the niche for high-performance long roofs. It’s an identity they embraced, with period advertising showing the iconic Turbo Wagon lined up against dominant sports cars like the Lamborghini Countach and Porsche 944. The later models like this one lost some of that rawness, as U.S.-spec examples weren’t offered with the manual transmission and came standard with all wheel drive. That said, Volvo was one of the few companies offering a high performance estate body when many other manufacturers were shifting their focus to go heavy on cross-over vehicles.
This V70R is a conundrum of sorts, as it has numerous modifications that clearly reflect the preferences of the current owner. That being said, they are all reversible, for the most part, but the asking price seems to reflect the “investment” made in things like a high-end stereo system, remote starter, and aftermarket gauges. There’s even an underglow kit, which is straight out of the Fast and the Furious movie franchise. But, some worthwhile upgrades have been made, too, including a custom downpipe, upgraded intercooler, and performance tune by a well-regarded Volvo performance shop, along with upgraded Porsche braking components and an IPD sway bar. The paint is said to be tired but the V70R is otherwise in good shape, with an interior that’s holding up well for having 135,000 miles. A mixed bag, for sure, but one that could be improved over a few weekends. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“My 2000 Volvo V70R up for sale. I bought the car last year and had Rolling Motors do a ton of work in 2019 to get the car functioning perfectly. Brand new custom downpipe hand made by Ben! I think I got one of the first ones. The AWD has been fixed! It’s got some Porsche Brembos and Peg wheels. IPD sway bar in the rear. SNABB intake. An upgraded intercooler. Boost gauge because racecar. All mods are brought together with a tune from the guys at Rolling Motors. Probably a bunch of other stuff I’m forgetting as well. Many odds and ends were done while the car was apart. Full documentation available. I’ve got a huge folder!
In addition to the engine upgrades and maintenance I have extensive audio upgrades professionally done to the wagon. there’s 2 12″ Hertz subs custom fit in the trunk run to an Android Audio headunit. There is no screws into the trunk! this is all pressure fit and can come right out with no damage to the car itself. There are also Hertz Milli speakers in the doors. I also had under glow installed because it’s awesome. And a remote starter installed because it’s just nice to have. This was all done by SoReal Sounds in Woburn, Ma. Interior has a nice wood steering wheel and all panels are really nice. Not much broken plastic at all like a lot of P80s!!! I will include the stock brake setup for all 4 corners along with the stock intake and steering wheel with air bag.
No rot or any real rust under the car. This is a great car! No lights on the dash. No CEL. NOTHING! The absolute worst part of the car is the 20 year old black paint. it could def use a respray, or just plastidip it something cool. Black paint, even new, is a nightmare! I’ve got a huge folder of maintenance records going back to the original owner as well. This car has been very well maintained and cared for. I love the car but I want to get into something else so I need to give this up. I’m aware the price is high, but there is a lot of work into this car and I feel like it’s worth it. Make me a serious offer. Worst I can say is no. Price is OBO. No trades..”
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