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I am considering what to get for our daughter to drive. After our good experience with the S70 I would like to see what Volvo can offer for a "beginners" car. I don't know much about the older Volvos but it seems the 90-93 740's would be a good vehicle. My Wife likes the 240's but I think she just thinks the "tank" styling makes them safer. Anything I need to know about them. Any other suggestions? I am trying to stay on the south side of $5000. Thanks
 

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Any early '90s RWD, 4-cyl Volvo would be an excellent choice. The driveline of all three models (240, 740 and 940) is essentially the same, and it is as close to bulletproof as they come. The 240 is probably the absolute simplest design, but the last of these usually command a slightly higher price by those who really value the car. The 740 and its evolution, the 940 are an <B>excellent</B> value - I can't think of any car of any make you can buy for $5k that will give you as much room and convenience features and so little trouble. I bought a '93 940 (130K miles, non-turbo) for my wife almost three years ago. I paid $5K, and the car has required nothing but filter/fluid changes, tires and brake pads for the last 55K miles. It's no rocket (the Turbo models can help here), but it's not underpowered IMHO. It has leather, all the power toys, plus the added safety features of SIPS and a driver airbag. It's just a solid, dependable, comfortable car. If I had a kid that was ready to drive, a 940 would be my choice. Then when they move on to a new vehicle, I'd take it back! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>
 

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I think that the 940 would be a my choice also. It looks really good/modern and it should be very reliable as well. I am sure that you can find a really nice 940 for a reasonable price.<P>-Drew
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by InDy:<BR><B>I think that the 940 would be a my choice also. It looks really good/modern and it should be very reliable as well. I am sure that you can find a really nice 940 for a reasonable price.<P>-Drew</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>Is the 940 just an upgraded version of the 740? Are there any reasons to avoid the turbo or is it pretty reliable and troublefree?<P>Thanks!<BR>
 

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There shouldn't be a problem getting a turbo car as long as it was well maintained (i.e. all paperwork from repairs is available, etc). I think the reason they stayed away from one in the posts is because as a first car, you don't want to give too much power to the driver <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>Side note...if you're looking for a 960 instead of the 940, I am selling mine...<P>Good luck in your car search,<P>
 

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For all practical purposes, yes, a 940 is just an evolved 740. You get a more aerodynamic rear (in the sedans) with the added bonus of more trunk space. All 940s have SIPS (Side Impact Protection System), where only the final year of the 740 wagon had it.<P>Turbo models are only slightly more involved to maintain. Like VolvoAddict said, I recommend the normally aspirated model due to the inexperience of the intended driver. The NA motor is less likely to encourage reckless speeds, and the smooth power delivery is easier to control in slick conditions.<P>
 
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