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I am thinking of purchasing a used 2008 Volvo XC90 with 70K

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I am thinking of purchasing a used 2008 Volvo XC90 with 70K miles on it and the 3.2l engine. The price is right around $9K. I'm a "do-it-yourselfer" type and have maintained my cars for many years. I'm wondering if this is a car that would be a reliable car to purchase and I can do work myself on it. Does it have many quality problems that I'm going to run into?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Volvo
Expert:  Edward replied 10 months ago.

Hello and thanks for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will do all I can to help.

Expert:  Edward replied 10 months ago.

3.2 engine is pretty good engine, Do you know if it has had the all familiar cam bearings replaced yet however?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I don't know but I will ask. Is that a problem area? What are the issues that you've seen with this car? What should I be on the lookout for when I drive it? Will it make it to 150,000 miles without too much costs?
Expert:  Edward replied 10 months ago.

The problem was, there is an open area in the back of the cam bearing, where water can sit between the rear freeze plug and the block.

Expert:  Edward replied 10 months ago.

The water would collect between the freeze plug and the block, rust the freeze plug out, then rust the cam bearing out, then you get this engine knock.

Expert:  Edward replied 10 months ago.

WAIT never mind, I see it's a 3.2, not a v8. your good, disregard that . I'm sorry.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
OK, I will ask about that. Once they are replaced, is the issue fixed for good? I live in Colorado so freezing is a common event. Any other things I should check while test driving?
Expert:  Edward replied 10 months ago.

That vehicle is fairly solid, little lighter on the MPG than advertised. it's kind of a gas hog, suspension components, like sway bar links, and control arm bushings and ball joints tend to fail around that time. The engine is solid provided it has had the oil changes regularly. front brakes tend to last 30-40K. Rear brakes a little longer.

Expert:  Edward replied 10 months ago.

I see you have the 3.2 engine, the 4.4 v8 was the issue on that problem I first stated, if you have 3.2 engine, you don't have to worry about that problem with the rear freeze plug.

Expert:  Edward replied 10 months ago.

You have verifiable service records? They are solid cars, provided they have been maintained of course. How many miles are on it roughly?