At $5,500, Could This 2005 Volvo V50 T5 AWD Be All The Swede You Need?

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Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe V50 Volvo is a car that you might not recall. To jog your memory: it sports a hairy turbo engine, six-speed stick and AWD. Could that combo, and its price, make it totally memorable?

Oh my god, people. Last Friday I offered up to you a $12,900 1980 Triumph TR8 and you know what? The vote ended up in a statistical tie. That’s right, as of bloody mary time on Sunday morning it was 49.86% Nice Price/50.14% Crack Pipe. It just doesn’t get much tighter than that and so, I’m going to call it a draw.


Speaking of drawing, that was part of how they used to off people in the good ol’ days. Those who were accused of high crimes like treason or dabbing would be tied up and dragged, or ‘drawn’ through the streets. That was probably the least of their worries as the next step in their drawn out demise could include quartering. That’s where their limbs were tied to horses and then the horses were given a good slap on the ass. Gruesome stuff to be sure.


We don’t deal with traitors or other scofflaws that way these days, more’s the pity. If we did, you probably would have to find another mode of drawing as who has a horse nowadays? If you needed to make haste with a load of any kind, this low mileage 2005 Volvo V50 T5 AWD might just be a car to consider.

The V50 is a kind of a forgotten Volvo. Conceived during the Ford era, the V50 and its sedan sister, S40 leveraged the corporate C1 platform that also shared underwear with the European Ford Focus and global Mazda 3. The V50 entered the market in replacement of the V40, which was similarly co-developed with Mitsubishi, and which is even more anonymous.


These were far more Volvo-esque than the 40s, featuring hatch-embracing tail lamps and readily identifiable Volvo style. The cars were built at Volvo’s factory in Ghent, Belgium, as well as in South Africa and Malaysia.


This one, in Passion Red over a charcoal interior is kitted with all the best bits. Those include the 2.5-litre 20V inline five, which, owing to its turbocharger, pumps out a good 217 horsepower and 240 lb ft of torque. That’s paired here with a six-speed M66 stick and power goes to all four wheels via a computer controlled Haldex system.

There’s only 98,000 miles on the clock and the seller says the timing belt has recently been replaced since, well, 98K. He also touts having performed a ‘major service,’ but doesn’t go into detail as to what that entailed. The title is clean and the car is claimed to run and drive great.


It looks to be in extremely nice shape too, save for the rear bumper which is marred by an annoying sticker. Leave those on long enough and you get the double whammy post removal of ghosting due to the glue and uneven fading of the paint. Just say no to pumper stickers, folks. I don’t really care if your kid is an honor student or what your political beliefs are.


Stepping inside reveals an interior that’s like the nicest Ikea display ever. The seats look comfy as hell, and tidy in their leather coats. Fun story—when I get all tuckered out walking around the big new-car shows I always make a beeline to the Volvo stand to rest in their car seats. They have the best butt huggers out there. Saab was once an additional port in the storm, but obviously not any more. Worst seats? Chrysler’s SRT cars.


The dash is ta clean design featuring Volvo’s unique floating panel center stack. The HVAC control has a funky pictogram person on it which makes controlling your climate both comforting and fun.

That vent-directing drawing may not look like you—I know it’s much slimmer than I am—but that doesn’t preclude this car’s consideration. Its price might, however.


The asking is $5,500, and should you be in the market for one of these you will likely note that they are scarcer than pullem dentes, and hence there’s little point of reference for those dollars. I still have confidence in your ability to determine this rare duck’s value.


What do you think, is this Volvo worth that $5,500 asking? It is pretty old after all. Or, does its kit make it worth that kind of cash?

You decide!


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Rob Emslie is a contributing writer for Jalopnik. He has too many cars, and not enough time to work on them all.