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Thinking of buying...1994 Volvo wagon as a DD #4583459
11/24/17 09:56 AM
11/24/17 09:56 AM
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Peterborough
ryan2022 Offline OP
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Hi guys!

How crazy am I to consider a rust free 1994 Volvo as a daily driver.

It has 120k miles and shifts and runs perfectly.

It's simple as toast and looks pretty good.

800 bucks takes it. Any thoughts?

Ryan


2011 Subaru Impreza Hatchback 5w30 Kendal Syn Blend

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Re: Thinking of buying...1994 Volvo wagon as a DD [Re: ryan2022] #4583461
11/24/17 09:57 AM
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ryan2022 Offline OP
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I lIke camping and biking.

I could probably set up a small business in the back of this thing.


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2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i 5w30

1995 Nishiki Navajo mountain bike....some kind of chain oil.
Re: Thinking of buying...1994 Volvo wagon as a DD [Re: ryan2022] #4583471
11/24/17 10:08 AM
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For 800 bucks not very.


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Re: Thinking of buying...1994 Volvo wagon as a DD [Re: ryan2022] #4583479
11/24/17 10:16 AM
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
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I'd give it a try. Those old ones are built like tanks..and about as fast as one too.

Re: Thinking of buying...1994 Volvo wagon as a DD [Re: ryan2022] #4583483
11/24/17 10:21 AM
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For a 23 year old Volvo with only 120 K, Iím seeing red flags. Check itís history carefully and if it checks out OK, jump on it. I would love to find one of those in good condition.

Re: Thinking of buying...1994 Volvo wagon as a DD [Re: ryan2022] #4583490
11/24/17 10:25 AM
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Volvo what? An 850? Or a 940/960? I don't care for the FWD Volvo's but if it's a RWD old school I'd be all over it for $800.


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Re: Thinking of buying...1994 Volvo wagon as a DD [Re: gman2304] #4583491
11/24/17 10:26 AM
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What model is it?
Turbo or non?
1993 was the last year for the 240 series so.....it's a 740 or 760??
If it has a 4 cyl. I'll come buy it. Many say to avoid the 6's of that era.
Where in Peterborough, NH is it? (street and house number , please)

Me? I'm on my 3rd V70 (a '99, an '02 and a '07-just so you know)

Re: Thinking of buying...1994 Volvo wagon as a DD [Re: ryan2022] #4583502
11/24/17 10:36 AM
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760 is ok. The early 960s had some issues but the ones with the porous blocks would be dead or replaced well before now. I prefer the 4 however.

I paid $200 for my current 740 wagon back in 2011. I reckon I can park my wife's golf in the back. A good hauler of IKEA flat packs.

Re: Thinking of buying...1994 Volvo wagon as a DD [Re: ryan2022] #4583520
11/24/17 10:55 AM
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No way in [censored] would I consider that Volvo.

Buy a Mazda 3 hatchback.

Re: Thinking of buying...1994 Volvo wagon as a DD [Re: ryan2022] #4583537
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Nice price but it won't hold up in an accident against a vehicle with 25 years' more technology, even if it is a Volvo. People frequently don't consider crashworthiness shrug

Re: Thinking of buying...1994 Volvo wagon as a DD [Re: Mr Nice] #4583538
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Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
No way in [censored] would I consider that Volvo.

Buy a Mazda 3 hatchback.


You could put that Mazda in the back of the Volvo. Although if you can find a Mazda for $800 jump on it.

A good friend had an 850 that was an excellent car, no problems, drove great, huge cargo area. Depends on your situation, will $800 bust you if it's no good? Is it might be fun 2nd car thing?


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Re: Thinking of buying...1994 Volvo wagon as a DD [Re: AZjeff] #4583548
11/24/17 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted By: AZjeff
Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
No way in [censored] would I consider that Volvo.

Buy a Mazda 3 hatchback.


You could put that Mazda in the back of the Volvo. Although if you can find a Mazda for $800 jump on it.

A good friend had an 850 that was an excellent car, no problems, drove great, huge cargo area. Depends on your situation, will $800 bust you if it's no good? Is it might be fun 2nd car thing?

The 940 wagon was only 4 cu.ft more cargo space than the Focus wagon behind the back seats, probably a bit more with the seats down.
The 940 is much "cooler" though, and would be a fun utility car if you have the time and skills to make it reliable, or do an LS swap!
For an $800 DD wagon probably a well maintained Focus wagon with rotten rockers would be the best, provided you can patch up the rockers yourself. 30+mpg and AC that works, etc...


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Re: Thinking of buying...1994 Volvo wagon as a DD [Re: ryan2022] #4583550
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If you can fix the minor accessories (interior lights,windows, etc.), or don't care if they all work it may be a fine car. If not you may end up at the repair shop every month getting nickeled and dimed until you eventually cry uncle.

Re: Thinking of buying...1994 Volvo wagon as a DD [Re: SeaJay] #4583563
11/24/17 11:45 AM
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As usual, condition and your abilities are paramount.
I know you could readily sell it given all the Volvo freaks around the Northeaast.

Get back with details.

Re: Thinking of buying...1994 Volvo wagon as a DD [Re: ryan2022] #4583573
11/24/17 11:52 AM
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Runs and drives great? Don't see how you can go wrong for that money.

I've been fantasizing lately (since getting my '82 Mercedes diesel) about a 240 wagon for the wife. Would want a diesel but the D24 is a bit less appealing than my OM617 turbo.

Last edited by Alex_V; 11/24/17 11:55 AM.

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