It's a 2007 V50. 2.4 liter normally aspirated engine. Front wheel drive. Automatic. I've given up on finding a manual. And having driven a manual V50 and a manual C30, I don't care much for the feel of the light clutch anyway.
This one has 64,000 miles. Low. And it's for sale by a private owner. Only about two private owner cars show up on Craigslist locally every month. And the price is great. Blue Book is $8,900. This one is listed for $7,800.
It started life as a European delivery car. Its first home was in Washington, DC. And there are plenty of scratches on the bumpers to prove that it had been parallel parked a lot. That's one concern, as I would want the plastic bumpers either repaired/repainted or replaced.
The first owners also failed to fix these two large-ish dents on the passenger side. The current owners, a nice couple in their 40s, who bought the car three years ago, never fixed them either. That's a bit odd, because the car is otherwise well taken care of and comes with full service records. Can these dents just be popped out?
The car is now used by the couple's nanny. They are replacing it with a new car.
I really like the barents blue exterior and the light interior. I don't know what the seating surface material is, but it's breathable and looks easy to clean. I also like the wooden center console (most V50s have a metal center console). The interior is in excellent shape. It is missing a little plastic piece that sits on the base of the rear driver's side door's lock tab.
Another slight concern is that the owners hesitated about letting me take the car to an independent shop for an inspection. They offered to let me look through the service records and encouraged me to call their mechanic, who just installed new brakes a month ago. The mechanic is very highly rated on Yelp.
So should I buy it? My wife likes the car and trusts the current owners. The Carfax report came back clean.