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Im turning 16 and I've been a Volvo guy since i was 7. What would be a good first Volvo that is cheap to buy used? I was thinking of a 850 wagon, or a S80 twin turbo.
 

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Cheap up front or cheap in the long run? Good luck finding a decent 850 anymore, they are all > 15 years old. What you will find are probably loaded with 'deferred maintainence', which means a money pit.

I would probably look at S40 or S60 from '03 or later. It will cost more up front but be far cheaper in the long run.

Good luck.
 

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Thank you! Or ill drive my moms xc90!:partywave:
 

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Storytime: when I was 16 I had the opportunity to buy a pretty nice early '80s Volvo 240 wagon. It was blue on blue, I think an 81-85 "DL" model. I was like, "no wagons are lame". This was a really dumb choice, because when I finally got a wagon and stopped driving two-doors, I was blown away by how awesome it is, and how useful they are for putting stuff in the back (bikes, skateboards, instruments (guitars, amps, drumsets)), sleeping in the back (get the windows tinted as dark as possible, or put up curtains), taking your friends with you, camping, road trips, huge space on top for racks and gear, all that fun stuff you do when you start driving and have time to do it in high school and college.

So my recommendation would be a wagon, whatever you get.

Im turning 16 and I've been a Volvo guy since i was 7. What would be a good first Volvo that is cheap to buy used? I was thinking of a 850 wagon, or a S80 twin turbo.
This is a pretty broad question - how cheap is "cheap"? $500? $5000?

As Norman said, cheap to buy is not equal to cheap to maintain!

S80 twin turbo is cheap to buy but a nightmare to maintain due to really high maintenance costs, transmission problems, computer problems. For the early S80s you want the turbo five cylinder (2.5L) or the V8. This is why the twin turbos are so cheap on the used market.

850's can be cheap to buy but if you want one that is up-to-date on all maintenance, they're going to be $3000-5000.

If you are looking to learn how to work on the car yourself, and have a garage with a lot of tools at your disposal, then you can save quite a bit of money doing your own maintenance. But if you don't, I would make sure you get something with a long history of good maintenance, and get it thoroughly inspected by a Volvo specialist mechanic before you buy it.

If you want cheap to buy AND maintain AND insure AND get good gas mileage, look for a 1995-97 850 wagon, non-turbo, 5-speed manual transmission, or a 98 V70 non-turbo 5-speed manual. 99-00 V70 are OK too, as long as the Electronic Throttle Module has been replaced already. You can get a nice one of these 95-00 models for $2000-4000 depending on mileage.

If you want to spend more and get something a little newer, the equivalent would be a 2001-04 V70 non-turbo 5-speed. Later years are generally better in both cases. Or to go even newer (but a bit smaller and less space in the wagon), a 04+ V50 is a nice car, and was available with a manual transmission.

The cars will become progressively more expensive to buy, maintain, insure, and fuel up as you move from non-turbo five speed (the least expensive), to turbo automatic, to the "R" models (or V8's/twin turbos in the case of the S80 or XC90). An 850R wagon or V70R wagon is a fun, fast car, but they are more expensive to buy and insure, and are more needy with maintenance because of all of the electronic gadgetry (power everything). On the V70R's and XC70s, the AWD systems also add a lot to the maintenance costs.

Food for thought anyway.
 

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Wow Thanks for the info! I might end up driving my parents Xc90 and just pay for fuel not maintenance until i get my G licence. Or buy like you said a 1995-97 850 wagon, non-turbo, 5-speed manual transmission, or a 98 V70 non-turbo 5-speed manual. 99-00 V70 are OK too, as long as the Electronic Throttle Module has been replaced already.
 

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But I take care of the xc90 i detail it wax, wash. etc... So if i would to drive it i would be careful. But of i bought an 850 i would also be careful but have fun with it!:p
 

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XC90 is a fun car and great for road trips and all that. Very safe and you can haul all your friends and stuff around. If you have freedom to use it as much as you want, and just pay for fuel, that's not a bad setup.
 

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Ya I can't wait to drive the xc90! But my school is only like 700m away so the car is good for the winter when i can't walk.
But when i could pay for the maintanance ill do the maintenance at Volvo.
 

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Yep, that's a good deal from your mom, and the XC90 is a nice ride with lots of utility like fivealive pointed out.

Our kids have it good ... they get hand-me-down Volvo's and a decent amateur mechanic to keep them running (that would be me)! My daughter has the 60 T5 and my son will get my S80 in April when he turns 16. They get the cars and insurance, even some gas, for free while they're in school, and we get the assurance that they're driving something safer than a sub-compact roller skate. Right now I'm looking for the perfect (newer) wagon for me to drive when next year rolls around, either an 06-07 V70 2.5T or an 08+ V50 T5.
 

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Well I didn't make a deal yet because the xc90 is fully loaded and brand new it was 80k with tax which is 13%:angry fire: The xc90 attracts police over here because police see a nice car and they sometimes look for something to charge you on. Thats cool that your in Florida because we drove the xc90 12 times down to Clearwater. What year is the s80? The v70 and v50 are great cars because their wagons!

The Subaru we have is going to be the car that I'm going to learn how to drive with. The subaru feels way lighter but its not as safe as the Volvo. I'd rather have the Volvo!
 

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They get the cars and insurance, even some gas, for free while they're in school, and we get the assurance that they're driving something safer than a sub-compact roller skate.
Yeah.... I didn't notice it much at the time, but now I'm kind of wondering my parent's logic. "Buy your own car, kid" -> Kid buys '79 honda civic for $700 -> extremely unsafe car -> parents are fine with that.

If I had kids, and had spent 16 years raising them, and countless dollars supporting them, I sure as heck wouldn't put them in a tin-can death machine when they learned how to drive! It's the economic equivalent of paying off your mortgage and then cancelling your house insurance - it makes no sense!
 
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