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Hello,

Looking into buying an MV6 at the moment, I'm trying not to be put off by tales of vast expense on these forums! I have a quick question, the MV6 i'm considering was owned by the police originally, is there any way at all you can obtain a service history for such a vehicle? Surely the police must keep a record of it? Otherwise I just have to cross my fingers and hope the important work has been done don't i?

Oh and this MV6 was a walnut trim, isn't that supposed to be carbon fibre? Can i buy aftermarket ones to replace it?

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If you know the originating Force, a polite call or letter to their workshop manager may produce any records you require. Some forces are computerised, others still use slates and chalk, so records may well have been dumped when car was disposed off.

Police spec MV6 is generally MV6 engine/running gear with a GLS trim but, if a late model, may well be a bitsa from the GM parts bin. May well have been a mix and match product when supplied!!
 

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I nearly bought about 10 ex-plod cars in the last few months as I looked for an 3.0/3.2 MV6 to replace my 2.5CD. If you want the service history it depends on the force that owned the car, some will never give out the information and others openly give it, using it to help the sale.

http://www.woma.co.uk/police.php

The best auction I found, see link above, was the West Oxford Car Auctions, they have an ex-plod auction every 2 weeks. And they list the cars for sale on there website 2 days before the sale, so you can decide if its worth the (150miles for me) drive to have a look. I saw 2 02 reg Omegas go for £1200, both were white with no stereo or ashtray and while mechanically seem mint, the body work was terrible, would have needed full spray. I looked at a number of cars and the one from Surrey Force often had the service printout in the window, the one I nearly got had 128,000 on the clock had both cats replace at 88k, a steering box at 101k, numerous sets of discs and pads and a big note saying CAM BELT DUE 160K, having had a major service 8K previous. On the same evening A Surrey V70 T5 on an 03 plate went for £3000. Kindly carrying a note “requires radiator and manifold” Could see rad dripping and hear manifold blowing (presumably cracked).


In the end I opted for a regular none plod MV6, mainly because I'm a mechanic that cant do body work so wanted a clean looking car that needs some mechanical work rather than the other way round. I love my one but I'm well annoyed it doesn’t have a limited slip diff like the plod ones do. But I have cruise, trip and sunroof.

Things to remenber. Plod MV6's

Good:Cool2:

Plod car is fast, weather they are tuned or not we could argue all day, buy they always feel a bit quicker than a normal one.

They are maintained well and if from Surrey, (other forces must do this also, but not all), have service history.

They have a limited slip diff, option that many people ignored on standard MV6's

Bad:down:

Seats are not normal sporty MV6 but nasty looking ones from GLS, they have winder rear windows and no cruise or trip computer.

They never have a stereo and often no front ashtray so there is a big gap in the dash, could be hard to find theses bits on eBay, and will cost load from dealer.

Body work is always dodgy, white ones often paint is ruined when they remove the stickers, and unmarked none white cars fetch bit more money.

regardless of what any advert says, they will be some sort or hole in the roof, some are just taped over, others have proper gromets fitted.
here's a typical example of what i mean, this is a T5 but its the same sort of thing on the Omegas,
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/2002-VOLVO-V70-T5-2-3-AUTO-ESTATE-EX-POLICE-CAR-WHITE_W0QQitemZ290021683691


If you dont fancy auctions try the links bellow.

http://www.expolicecarcentre.com/

http://www.xpcarsales.co.uk/

http://www.expolicecar.co.uk/default.asp
 

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Note on seats. I am fairly large and heavy ,15 stone,and the cloth seats in my Ex Bill Senny are ,for me,much more comfortable than the leather seats in other Sennys I have owned. Just a thought.Jerry
 

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really appreciate the help chaps, especially jagman for the comprehensive reply, I decided to go for it. I'm going to write a letter to mr nice policeman right now.

I'm dissapointed on the seats as some lovely leather or recaro ones would have been lush, rear electric windows is no major loss. Stereo is in but only a casette, bit of a trauma there but at least I can replace that easily (i hope!). Overall it seems to be in really good nick aesthetically, only one ex-aerial hole.

I've just posted in another thread anyway so I won't keep two on the go.


Cheers
Rs
 
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