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First I should say, I really want to buy a Volvo wagon; however my budget is lacking.<p>I only have $10k to spend unfortunately. However, I don't know which model / years would be best?<p>I'm looking for reliability above all else. I don't mind (and actually prefer) the standard natural aspirated engine. I don't care at all about speed. My main reason for wanting a Volvo is comfort and safety.<p>Can anyone recommend a model to me? I would greatly appreciate it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Need advice... Want to buy a Volvo wagon but only have $10,000 to spend. Should ... (citz)

Welcome to Swedespeed, Nigel.<p>For well under your budget you can have a perfect one-owner Volvo wagon from the '92-94 RWD era - 245, 745 and 945.<p>These are 4-cylinder, safe, economical and durable to the extreme.<p>Even the perfect ones go for under $5,000.<p>How far will you travel from Lombard IL for the ideal wagon?<p>George Dil<p>Temple, Texas, USA.<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>gdill2</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Welcome to Swedespeed, Nigel.<p>For well under your budget you can have a perfect one-owner Volvo wagon from the '92-94 RWD era - 245, 745 and 945.<p>These are 4-cylinder, safe, economical and durable to the extreme.<p>Even the perfect ones go for under $5,000.<p>How far will you travel from Lombard IL for the ideal wagon?<p>George Dil<p>Temple, Texas, USA.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I could probably travel a hundred miles or so. I know I should probably expand that since we are in the snow belt. How many miles is one likely to get out of those cars?
 

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Here are some candidates in the Chicago area...<p><A HREF="http://chicago.craigslist.org/cgi-bin/search?areaID=11&subAreaID=0&query=volvo&catAbbreviation=car&minAsk=min&maxAsk=max" TARGET="_blank">http://chicago.craigslist.org/...k=max</A><p><A HREF="http://chicago.craigslist.org/car/153169196.html" TARGET="_blank">http://chicago.craigslist.org/car/153169196.html</A><p><br>George Dill<br>
 

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Re: Need advice... Want to buy a Volvo wagon but only have $10,000 to spend. Should ... (gdill2)

Thank you very much. I have to see if we can trade in our car / sell it to a dealership first. But then I would very much like to get a Volvo wagon. These are some of the most comfortable cars I've ever been in.
 

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Re: Need advice... Want to buy a Volvo wagon but only have $10,000 to spend. Should ... (citz)

In Chicago, you should have no problem finding various 850 or V70 models for $10K.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>citz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I only have $10k to spend unfortunately. However, I don't know which model / years would be best?<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>You can get some nice cars are well under $10K.<p>However, make sure your purchase price is considerably less than that. My experience is that it takes $1000 - $1500 at an independent mechanic to bring a car up to acceptable condition.<p>Step 1 - Find an independent Volvo mechanic.<p>Step 2 - Study lots of used car ads in various places.<p>Step 3 - Make sure you get a pre-purchase inspection done by the mechanic.<p>Step 4 - After purchase, spend the money to put the car into excellent mechanical condition.<p>I think you can buy one for no more than $7K and end up with a total of maybe $8.5K invested. I got a great 850 Turbo wagon for about that less than a year ago.
 

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Most excellent advice on how to buy a used Volvo. <B>Never</B> buy w/o an independent inspection from a competent Volvo mechanic.
 
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