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The Volvo CPO program offers a 5 year, unlimited mileage warranty which is great. The issue with getting a 2017 CPO Volvo, though, is that you might only get 1-2 years, max, out of that CPO warranty because the 5 year clock starts with the first in-service date. As such, it might be better to search for a 2018 or 2019 model instead to get a warranty good to 2023 or 2024, though they will be higher in price. Extra years on the CPO warranty can be had for about $1K per year.
I have a 2014 S60 that was bought CPO with 9K miles on it in January 2016. That CPO warranty was 100K miles over 4 years (I think) and was used for several items, the most expensive of which was a steering rack. It now has almost 168K on it and has been reliable overall. Is still in great shape and should easily see 200K. No weekly ‘commuting’ back and forth to Tucson from LA County (because I’m now WFH due to covid) has dramatically reduced the annual miles. Has the old 5-cylinder engine with front wheel drive. Very smooth.
I also have a 2016 S60 with front wheel drive and the 4-cylinder engine. The engine feels a bit coarser than the 5-cyl in the 2014. That 2016 S60 has about 67K miles on it and has been trouble free (knock on wood).
I know you live in snow country and feel the need for a cross-country version of the V60 but the added weight and complexity would concern me in the long run, especially once the CPO warranty expires. I think you’d be better served by getting a regular FWD V60 with a simpler drivetrain and using snow tires on it during the winter months. Works for your wife’s 9-3 SC, I assume. My S60s performed well in snow a year ago with two 6” snow storms here in the high desert even just with all-season tires.
One other option is to bag the wagon and SUV and go with a sedan. The S60s I have are great driving cars. I would prefer a V60 because I’ve always been a fan of sport wagons but the extra buy-in cost couldn’t be justified for what I do. And, FWIW, the S60 trunk has swallowed pretty much everything I’ve needed to carry. The S60 Inscription has an extra 4” of rear seat legroom. CPO S60s in California and AZ with low miles can be had for under $20K if you’re a careful buyer.
I suggest you search in the sunbelt for vehicles that never see snow or salt. Fly, buy, and drive home!
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