Have a 2006 - 56 plate 2.5T S-Max. 40,000 miles when bought 2 years ago. Now on 70,000.
Great car. First thing done was convert it to LPG which cost £1,800 and we lost no boot space.
Now gets 27mpg around home (rural) and 32-34 on long trips (200+ motorway miles @ 65-70(ish))
With LPG being 64p/litre locally, double these to get the equivalent cost of Petrol (i.e. 54mpg and 64-68mpg)
280 miles = £30-£35
Aircon Failure. Split Hoses and recharge. c. £200.
Steering Rack Failure. Got very heavy intermittently. Sent rack for a refurb (c. £200)+p&p + removal / refitting + Fluids. - Kelley Bray Steering.
(Plus washed out the reservoir. All in c. £500. )
Oil Breather Failed. (Noise and air sucked in though dipstick / oil filler cap. Used "peg and sock until repaired"). Ordered Volvo replacement from USA ($200USD inc post - c. £130) Plus fitting and breather pipe (£20) Plus Labour (c. 3 hours @£55+VAT/h) = £370 or so all in.
Rear Brake and top strip bulbs failed. Simple fix. £5
Brake Handle trim and button popped off and spring ejected. Not fixed yet.
Changed transmission Fluid
Changed PAS and Coolant
Air filter is K&N panel (washable)
At 62k Changed Timing Belt (not a chain!).Plus water pump. Kit c. £110 + garage labour 2-3 hours. (c. £280 all in)
Always used 10w40 fully synth when cheap on HUKD.
Tyre use is OK. Always get camber / toe-in / tracking / alignment checked. especially if curb has been bumped.
Clutch smells a little sometimes on steep, slow hill starts.
Once had alarm going off. Not repeated.
May check boost solenoids.
Car is parked outside normally so expecting alarm module issue