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How reliable is the Volvo V50 1.6D?


How reliable is the 2010 Volvo V50 1.6 diesel?


James Mullen

May 2013 Filed under: reliability

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Hi Jim,

Very reliable I hope, as I've just bought a 2006 version! It's essentially unchanged since then and before I bought I did a good deal of research. The most important thing to watch is the oil. It needs to be the correct grade and I'd recommend changing it more often than the manufacturer recommends. At the rear of the engine there's a small timing chain linking the camshafts and it is known to break. This is thought to be down to poor oil maintenance.

Other than that, it seems to be a robust choice.

Let me know how you get on.

Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Adviser

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