Oppo educate me on the 1st gen Volvo S80

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I’ve got a friend with limited funds moving here at the end of the month, and since being carless in Houston severely limits employment opportunities, I’ve been helping her look for a cheap car so that she can get around. She has found a listing for a 2002 Volvo S80 with the N/A 2.9L for ~$2k with just under 140k on the clock. Unfortunately, I know nothing about these cars so oppo, I’m asking for your help. What are common issues with these cars, what are things we need to watch out for, and is this car a good option for someone with limited wrenching abilities & budget, or is it like a BMW/Merc/Audi and it’s basically a ticking time bomb that is just waiting to drain her wallet?


Also, if anyone has carfax, the vin is YV1TS92D021269778 I’d appreciate any info you can give me, if not, then I’ll ask the dealership for the report. Thanks in advance for any help y’all can give me! 

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