Volvo 850/V70/S70 - How are they?

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  1. Tergiversator

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    I am still on my quest to buy a dependable daily/beater/etc. Don't think I'm gonna go with the jeep as originally planned, still considering a P71, but I think I need more space and winter driveability.

    Which naturally brings me to a volvo wagon, likely v70/850. How are those fuckers in terms of reliability and maintenance? Looks like I can pick up a 98-00 for $4000 or less with 90K-100K miles. Maybe AWD/XC, maybe turbo (well would love a turbo)

    Thoughts? Alternatives? I still have a weakness for passat wagons as well.
     
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    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    had a '98 V70 AWD. bought it with 85k on it. had to replace the rear main seal @ $1500 and radiator @ $2000 before it had 115k on it. otherwise, very reliable. boring as hell to drive, though, but very comfortable and extremely quiet. and even with the turbo it was fucking slow. no electronic gremlins whatsoever.
     
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    would i buy one again? no
     
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    I still like em, but MPG + price/value ratio and all that, not sure.
     
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    My friend just bought an 850 turbo wagon for $1200, it's hilariously fast for what it is.
     
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    yeah but $3500 in repairs.. fuck. I know I should look for certain maintenance items done like belt and shit, but damn.

    other suggestions?

    fuck, I might have to do a p71 if it keeps going this way.
     
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    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    20mpg easy if its tuned up and you don't go huge on the tires. Friend of mine claims to have gotten 26mpg highway on a 2wd I6 5spd.

    Price to Value I don't think you can beat an XJ.
     
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    I've owned a '94 850 as a beater for many, many years. Take care of it, and you'll have many years of use. The only problem I can say that I've had with it is a small oil leak and subsequent smoke out of the exhaust.

    I love it.

    Out of all the "beaters" I've purchased and personally used, I can safely say this is the most reliable one I've encountered.
     
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    Neither of those repairs would be anywhere near that cost if you did them yourself and both are fairly easy to do.
     
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    yeah but lets be honest here, not getting a 2wd ;) and probably can't avoid a lift/tires if i get it.
     
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    i probably could have gone 50k without the repairs, but i didn't like it leaking coolant and oil all over. it wasn't bad. if you keep an eye on your fluid levels you'll be fine
     
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    yeah all you have to do is pull the engine for both of them. real easy bro
     
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    I'm on 31's and 4.10's with a 3.5" lift. I pull 17mpg on the highway.
     
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    dude i suck at that stuff and not afraid to admit it. I can change a tire. I can change oil but prefer to pay for it. major shit? forget it.

    At least with a p71 I know there are tons of used parts and shit is cheap and you can basically fix it with a hammer and a roll of duct tape.
     
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    V70 T5s/Rs are nice and quite fast

    my old T5 did a 14.1 1/4 @101, stock
     
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    hmmm

    anyone know whats the best trim level in terms of reliability? AWD/Turbo/etc?
     
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    probably just a FWD non turbo
     
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    You need to buy a Honda Accord or a Toyota Camry if you're afraid to work on a car.
     
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    It won't be nearly as fun as the 850 turbo though, not even close.
     
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    stock boost?
     
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    yes
     
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    I bet the radiator doesn't require the engine to be pulled. The rear main yes but on a car with an automatic it's hardly worth the trouble if it's not pouring oil out.
     
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    crazy, that's the fastest trap i've seen for a stock one
     

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