Someone’s flying up from Nevada to buy my 850. Nice

He said he already has another 850 he’s been dailying, but wants a manual and the 850r interior. His current project car? AW11 MR2. Seems like the kind of person I want to inherit the boosty boi.

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Cost breakdown is as follows:

Initial purchase - $2600

Major work done - $2000

Registration - $230

Insurance - $70 (not per month. Total)

Total cost minus gas - $4890

While that $2k repair bill hurt at the time, I ended up with a supremely comfortable turbo manual wagon that could hit 30mpg on the highway, light up the tires in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gear, and embaress a wrx/g35/3 series/bro truck all day. Well. Assuming it was dry. $5k doesn’t sound too bad for a car like that.

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$3000.

This seems like a good price for both of us. The entire reason I bought a Volvo in the first place was because I wanted something to drive through the rainy season that wasn’t a leaky convertible. And I didn’t hate myself enough to buy a boring commuter because life is short. So all-in-all, I’m happy with the 850 chapter of life, and excited to see what comes next! I’ll definitely own more Volvos, but they will either be perfect condition high-dollar examples, or wait until I have a garage. Once this one goes I’ll jump into fixing up the V70 (boosty boi V2) and probably daily that for a little while.

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Oh and coming from a Miata background, it’s mind-blowing to me how common it is for Volvo enthusiasts to fly cross country for cars in the lower end of the price spectrum. My email was filled with guys talking about how they’d flown to such-and-such for their last 10 Volvos or whatever, and the next 3 people in line all wanted to fly out to buy my 850, despite it having 250,000 miles and needing some love. You think anyone would fly out to buy my Miata..? Nooooooo way.