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New Driver looking for C30, anything to look out for?

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Old Oct 18th, 2020, 15:44   #1
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Smile New Driver looking for C30, anything to look out for?

This has probably been asked before, I did take a look but can't find any information.
I passed my driving two weeks ago & have decided to buy a Volvo 1.6 D R Design C30 facelift. When searching is there anything you suggest I keep an eye out for?
I just love the look of the car, especially the R design. I haven't seen any local to me, in fact I haven't even managed to see on in real life yet! lol
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Old Oct 19th, 2020, 08:26   #2
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Are you sure that you want a diesel?

Unless you are doing long journeys then a petrol is probably more suitable and more reliable.

My partner has a 1.6 petrol C30 R-Design and its a great first car.
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I mostly want the diesel, correct me if I'm wrong, because it as cheaper road tax + has better mpg?
I don't know why but I didn't even consider a petrol?
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Old Oct 19th, 2020, 19:47   #4
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I mostly want the diesel, correct me if I'm wrong, because it as cheaper road tax + has better mpg?
I don't know why but I didn't even consider a petrol?
Diesel is a more expensive fuel per litre and will more than likely cost you more on repairs during your ownership as modern diesels and short journeys don't get along.

If you drive under 12-15k miles per year I would not consider a diesel.
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Had a 1.6 petrol C30 in the family for 11yrs. A lovely little car, nicely finished,comfortable and reliable. On the down side, not particularly practical if you want to carry stuff. Underneath this car is mechanically a Ford Focus.
As far as I know the 1.6D has a 'wet' DPF i.e requires topped up with fluid every 37000miles (I think) and replacement at 76000 (Expensive!).
The deisel may give better MPG but will cost money in other ways. Petrol is better unless you intend to do a lot of motorway driving
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As above don't get a diesel if you do less than 15000 miles a year. That 1.6 PSA diesel doesn't have a great reputation either. Engines seem the weak point of the C30 really with underwhelming Ford petrol engines apart from the Volvo 5 cylinder T5. You could look for a 1.6 or 1.8 if it isn't too expensive to insure though. The C30 is a great looking car and a real shame Volvo didn't replace it.
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