Monday, February 13, 2017

5.0 Project: 1985 Volvo 245 wagon

Poorly written Craiglist ads can be annoying, but sometimes offer up big buying opportunities.  Some sellers just don't know much about a car and despite near everyone having a smartphone with camera some do not post up any useful pictures.  The world is not made up of car enthusiasts or DT readers! V8 swapped Volvos usually command a healthy premium in the marketplace so it is very noteworthy to find one for sale under a grand in any condition.  Find this 1985 Volvo 245 V8 wagon for sale in Stafford Springs, CT for $800 via craigslist.

The details are a little thin on this car so this is a bit of a short take.  With only one picture in the ad, it doesn't make for a great DT subject except for the exceptionally cheap price on a potentially cool ride.

The fuel injected 5.0 engine has not run in a couple years and the seller speculates that it has either a fuel or ignition problem.  The car does not have a title and was last registered in state of CT.  If you live in CT, a title is not needed on a car this old.  Other states may have different rules so it may be more of a issue depending on where you live.  The car needs to be towed and the seller is open to offers.

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Cory is slowly working on his 1995 Mercedes C36 project and parting out a 1998 Mercedes C43.


  1. ~ Someone please steal this car! $800 is the bargain of the decade. I have $8000 in my 745!

  2. ~ Could this be a scam? The car is in Connecticut but the phone is in Carlsbad, California.

  3. Show up with five benjamins and a trailer, I would think you would be home free.

  4. This is how my recent CL scam on a travel van went- I emailed the seller asking for interior shots, they replied via the CL anonymizing email system that they needed an email account to send me pictures. This immediately set off my scam warning but I played along by creating a new email account. They emailed and said that we would do the deal through EBay's to take advantage of the buyer protection program (still no pictures). They said they'd set up a special auction and I would have to purchase the vehicle using the 'Buy it now' option and it would be mine. I replied that it sounded strange but I might go along. They send pictures and include a sob story about how the van was her deceased husband's. "She" also says the van is in Chicago, to which I asked why it was listed in the Philly CL and not the Chicago CL. No response to the question. I do a reverse image search on the van and find a Spanish language Ebay site with the exact same photos and text but it says the van is in Massachusetts.
    Long story short, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This deal doesn't seem real.


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