Boostist, for you information, about the running costs of the C70 T5, here's my view.
Servicing - main dealer serviving is horrifying, expensive parts and extortionate labour rates. However, Volvo's are quite fussy on the use of some aftermarket parts so you have to either opt for Original parts or get highly repuatble and tried/tested aftermarket parts. Other than that, they have 5,000 mile service intervals and are generally acceptable on the pocket if you have a trusty independant specialist to look after you.
Fuel I have't got the MPG calculator on my car, but depsite having tested various Diesels and ran an Audi A4 2.5 TDi for a while in the fleet - its the BEST car I have ever had on fuel. Around town its amazing provided you just drive steady rather than being abrupt.
I got from Coventry > Heathrow > Coventry > Nottingham at 90mph with cruise control on for just over 3/4's of a tank! (Full tank is about 70 litres).
Reliability wise, its the most reliable car I have ever had. I have only had a couple of minor issues which were quickly and cheaply sorted out by my local Volvo specialist. (Ignition ring antenna, gearbox speed sensor and a control boost vale). The 70 model Volvo's tend ot have a few areas to look for. Firstly some models are affected by an ETM (electronic throttle module) fault, whereby replacement can cost around £250. Climate/Air Con control system can play up due to the vents being a bit dusty. They tend to be heavy on the suspension and front brakes as well as front suspension bushes, rods and links.
Negative points are a very poor turning circle, poor rear visibilty due to thick pillars make reverse parking tricky, front tyre shredding machine upon demad and a too much body roll (but it can be hustled or driven swiftly). Some T5's are neglected, poorly maintained and these are the examples that need to be avoided.
I'm 28 now, but when I was 26 I had to drive it as it belonged to my uncle and he was dunk. Within 1/2 a mile I was impressed, after 5 miles I had to have his T5 lol. They are much better than anyone would believe.