It has just occurred to me that it has been just a week or so over a year since I purchased my Volvo for the eye-popping price of $250. This sounds like the beginning of a bad time, but this little guy has been amazing.

The owners had given up on it after being quoted around 5k to get it road-worthy again. A nearby dealership offered them 250, I told the owners (at that point also my neighbors) that I would match that, and it was mine. After seeing it sit sadly in the parking lot for a year, it was finally liberated parkatory.

Here it was just as it sat. A few months of putting around in the parking lot and less than $500 in parts, and it was registered and commenced DD duties. It has done so almost flawlessly since then. Some electrical issues and whatnot, still a few little things to fix from the PO, but it has never failed to get me where I’m going. The low-pressure turbo really is quite fun, I don’t get the same “bored city driving” experience that many R owners speak of. It’s just a few seconds before you get boost and fun 5 cylinder engine noise. The steering feel is a little on the heavy side, but it’s still responsive enough for some fun with a little elbow grease. The tighter suspension on the 850s makes the ride a little rough, but I’m young and don’t mind. My son likes the way his voice sounds going over all the little bumps. My wife is less impressed, but tolerates it.

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The interior trim is brittle, though I’ve managed to keep most of it intact despite the best efforts of a toddler and a dog. The overall condition is surprising considering no less than 7 previous owners. 10/10 would buy again.