ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Fluff > Shiny things
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-30-2012, 02:15 PM   #1
BeeCeeGS OP
WeaponOfMassDestruction
 
BeeCeeGS's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2001
Location: Chilliwack, BC
Oddometer: 1,798
Volvo Red Block Love

When it comes to a practical, long-lasting vehicle that can be fixed easily and cheaply by a DIY'er, I think these are hard to beat--the wagons in particular. Unfortunately, the combination of needing lots of work and failed emissions testing made it impractical to continue driving my 740 wagon. With the 5 spd it would get close to 30mpg on the highway. 610,000km when "Goldie" went to the wrecker, and it didn't use or leak a drop of oil--sounded like a diesel at idle, though.

I'm currently driving a 940 sedan (non-turbo). The (lack of) performance is annoying without the practicality of a wagon, so I'm on the hunt for another wagon. The decent ones don't last long on Craigslist.
__________________
Every day I break my previous record of consecutive days still alive.
BeeCeeGS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2012, 02:40 PM   #2
atomicalex
silly aluminum boxes
 
atomicalex's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2012
Location: Detroit & Düsseldorf
Oddometer: 2,611
You should have sold it to a LeMons team. They pay good money for Volvo wagons.
__________________
Katherine, in words - F650GSa - CBR250R (sold) - Super Sherpa - Nine Days in the Alps - More Alps: Finding GS Land
atomicalex is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2012, 03:08 PM   #3
Anorak
Woolf Barnato
 
Anorak's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: OAK
Oddometer: 33,373
Quote:
Originally Posted by atomicalex View Post
You should have sold it to a LeMons team. They pay good money for Volvo wagons.
What's good money in the LeMons series? Max $500 for the car and preparation.

Quote:
2.1: Vehicle Eligibility: Entry limited to mass-produced, four-wheeled vehicles legal for US highway use at the time of their manufacture. Vehicles must be acquired and prepared for a maximum of $500 as described in Section 4. Vehicles must meet all safety standards laid out in Section 3. The vehicle's original, manufacturer-stated curb weight may not exceed 4200 pounds. Individual waivers may be granted; just don't ask about Peterbilts, Zambonis, sidecars, or golf carts again. We already said no.
__________________
'Gonna get me a six pack...push people off the highway!'

"they live off the carrion of our mutual distrust and bribe us with symbols that equate hatred with manhood."

"I mean at the end of the day, I was addicted to Starting Fluid for Christ's sake!"

"Yeah, that guy sure is terrible at touching moms"
Anorak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2012, 08:53 PM   #4
error cooled
anything but asphalt
 
error cooled's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Arlington, Virginia
Oddometer: 1,163
I DD a 1993 940 Turbo Wagon. Great vehicle.. currently in the shop getting caught up on maintenance. Few vehicles I would consider are worth PM in excess of the value of the car... this one is definitely worth it.
__________________
Honda XR600R
The Blue Ridge Trail - Virginia via gravel, dirt, two track and backroads.
USFS Motorized Access in Virginia - Protect your dual sporting access in the commonwealth.
error cooled is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2012, 10:05 AM   #5
Range Motorsport
Junk collector
 
Range Motorsport's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2007
Location: Da UP Eh!
Oddometer: 1,652
Quote:
Originally Posted by Anorak View Post
What's good money in the LeMons series? Max $500 for the car and preparation.
Don't race much do ya?

Sure the rules say $500 but there are ways around that, it's not cheating if you find a loophole.
__________________
2007 KTM Superduke
SNL Will Ferrell Yoga, google it.
www.adventuremine.com
www.upoverland.org
Range Motorsport is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2012, 04:36 PM   #6
seriousracer
be a man dodge tree bark
 
seriousracer's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2007
Location: i am not f***ng stupid,but i used too. niles mi.
Oddometer: 7,433
Lemons car costs about 5000 after all is said and done..some as high as 10k...
seriousracer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2012, 08:50 AM   #7
Sniper X
De Oppresso Liber
 
Sniper X's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Central New Mexico, 7420ft above sea level
Oddometer: 33,309
So IF I ever see one for sale, what is the year to get on a turbo brick? I have always wanted one. 2 door turbo, shaped like a shoebox.
__________________
" The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."
Straight Out Da Trailah!
Sniper X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2012, 11:50 AM   #8
BeeCeeGS OP
WeaponOfMassDestruction
 
BeeCeeGS's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2001
Location: Chilliwack, BC
Oddometer: 1,798
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sniper X View Post
So IF I ever see one for sale, what is the year to get on a turbo brick? I have always wanted one. 2 door turbo, shaped like a shoebox.
That's a good question for the Turbobricks forum. I haven't looked into cars of that vintage--I'm more focussed on the wagons.
__________________
Every day I break my previous record of consecutive days still alive.
BeeCeeGS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2012, 02:24 PM   #9
straightrod
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: SoCal
Oddometer: 1,300
Considering a wagon in the newer body style. Consumers Report states 2003 as being the best reliability wise. I want the wagon over SUV's because the roof is low allowing me easier loading and unloading of kayaks plus mileage is better. Any thoughts on the newer models re: maintenance costs, performance turbo or non turbo?
straightrod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2012, 02:42 AM   #10
Barry
Just Beastly
 
Barry's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2002
Location: Fredericksburg, Va.
Oddometer: 7,230
Had 5. Currently have our first. A 97 850 GLT with low pressure turbo. Runs crazy strong, handles well, comfy, and has 200K+ on it.

Most fun one was 95 Turbo Wagon. Yeah! Blast to drive.

Had 2 240s (Sedan and Wagon) and XC70 AWD wagon, which is the comfiest car I ever owned.

Barry
__________________
Tail of the Dragon at Deal's Gap... Avoid it now, do a trackday.

Do not do business with Myrtle West Cycle... Not a reputable vendor by a long shot.
Barry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2012, 01:45 PM   #11
doyle
RallyRaidReview-ing
 
doyle's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2004
Location: Off Piste
Oddometer: 23,004
Not high on the reliability scale but the V70R smokes the fun scale. I miss my S60R, but with a long commute, I could never shake the feeling of impending mechanical doom.

__________________
RallyRaidReview - @RallyRaidReview
doyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2012, 04:53 PM   #12
Mr. Canoehead
Taste Gunnels!
 
Mr. Canoehead's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2007
Location: Calgary, Too far to the mountains and too cold
Oddometer: 1,502
Quote:
Originally Posted by straightrod View Post
Considering a wagon in the newer body style. Consumers Report states 2003 as being the best reliability wise. I want the wagon over SUV's because the roof is low allowing me easier loading and unloading of kayaks plus mileage is better. Any thoughts on the newer models re: maintenance costs, performance turbo or non turbo?
I have a 2002 V70 T5 (wife's car). Owned it since new. Other than eating light bulbs, that car has been incredibly reliable and with a set of IPD sways and Bilsteins, it actually handles, too. Just a really nice car. Great seats and killer Dynaudio stereo. Love the T5 engine. I have rented a few non-turbo autos and they are slugs.

On the lightbulb thing, I replace a bulb (headlight, tail light, brake light, etc) at least once every two months. When it was under warranty, the dealer did it for free but once off warranty $27 for a brake light that cost $1.50 at NAPA meant that I was doing them myself. Prior to this car, I don't think I ever replaced more than one bulb in any car I ever owned.

I recently went through the front end (new brakes, motor and trans mounts and bushings) and it is back to its usual great handling - it was getting a bit loose.

Volvo doesn't make a decent wagon any more but I am always on the lookout for a late V70R (with a manual).

Friend of mine had a 2004 V70 XC that he lemon lawed; based on my sample set of 2 cars, the 2002's are the best and the 2004's are the worst V70's
__________________
2006 FJR1300A, 2005 GS1150 Adventure, 2002 DR650 SE, a fortune in Farkles.

"No matter how many [internet] opinions you line up, you can't vote nonsense into truth"- Kevin Cameron

Mr. Canoehead screwed with this post 07-06-2012 at 04:58 PM
Mr. Canoehead is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2012, 08:49 AM   #13
MrBob
Certified Geezer
 
MrBob's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Boulderish, CO
Oddometer: 7,561
This wagon was made when Volvo's were super-reliable and still repairable by the average guy. Four speed with OD and all the power I needed.



I do love the red blocks and here is one I massaged not long ago.

__________________
"When I was younger I was afraid I'd die riding now that I'm old and falling apart, I'm afraid I won't."
bwanacswan's dad
MrBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2012, 08:29 PM   #14
McB
Joe 40 ouncer
 
McB's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2005
Location: North Slope of the Flint Hills
Oddometer: 15,437
4 cyl. RWD: apples

All the rest: oranges
McB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2012, 05:45 PM   #15
emerson.biguns
All idiot, no savant
 
emerson.biguns's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2007
Location: The Old Pueblo
Oddometer: 10,249
Ooops, I read vulva.


Carry on.



.
emerson.biguns is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 08:15 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014