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I am extremely new to volvos, and have quite a few questions <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"> I am looking to spend around $16,000 on a used car and have always loved volvos. I want a relatively new car, and would prefer a turbo. I See that volvo makes both a wagon and sedan, either one would be good. What is the difference between the models? I see that there are quite a few <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"> I am 19 years old and my current car is a 93 Honda Accord. If you guys could help me with my questions, I would greatly appreciate it.<P>Travis
 

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Well, first off you have the older RWD cars vs. the newer FWD and AWD cars. Sounds like you want a newer car, so with that in mind it'll have to be FWD or AWD. In your price range, you could probably find the following.<P>850 Sedan (Turbo, T-5, T-5R, and R)<BR>850 Wagon (Turbo, T-5, T-5R, and R)<BR>C70 Coupe (high pressure turbo fastest)<BR>S70 (T-5)<BR>V70 (T-5 and R AWD)<P>On the 850, the Turbo and the T-5 are basically the same car. They are usually high in options and the power levels are just shy of the Rs. The R gets 17" wheels, sportier suspension, alcantara interior, larger chin spoiler and is more exclusive. Downside is manual 850s with a turbo weren't available here in the USA. There's also a low pressure turbo, GLT designation that is not as high in hp but will be cheaper.<P>On the C70, early ones are getting softer in the market, and if you can find one '97 or maybe '98 it might be in your price range. High pressure turbo motor is the way to go, but there are no engine designations on these cars so look it over. The lowest setup on the car is still the low presure turbo. Manual trannys are available.<P>S70/V70 - Both S70 and V70 were available with the T-5 (higher pressure turbo) as well as the low pressure setups. T-5s are more desirable and faster, and 5speed manual was available. I think there's an SE that had alcantara interior. There's also the R AWD. That's probably the most desirable, but in wagon only. You might be hard pressed to find one in your price range. It had a larger front spoiler, anthracite alloys, alcantara interior and special colors.<P>That's not all the details on the cars, but it is a start. Keep in mind that the wagons tend to hold their value better. At wholesale anyway, a '97/'98 C70 Coupe is about as expensive as a '95 850 T-5 wagon.<P>Good luck with your search. <P>George
 

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Travis,<P>Welcome to Swedespeed! George just gave you a good head-start on what to look for, but if you narrow your selection down a little, it might help you out. If you can live with an automatic transmission, the 850R is an excellent choice of transport. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"> If you want a manual transmission, the S70 T5 SE is a great car as well. The V70 T5, V70R, & C70's can get quite expensive, most likely way above the $16,000 range. IMHO, the 850 Turbo range is your best bet in that regards.<P><B>850R</B><BR> <IMG SRC="http://64.49.221.202/pix/baustin/1vol5.jpg"> <P><B>850 T5</B><BR> <IMG SRC="http://members.aol.com/naelodeh/t5/1"> <P>-Drew
 

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wow thank you for all the information! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"> Manual transmission is not a must, infact I would prefer an Automatic transmission. I have a 2 month old and my accord is a coupe and is modded so its not very smooth on the road. The 850R looks like a good choice. Thank you for the pictures Indy, I definately see why the 850R is more favorable <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif">
 
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