So mum is officially in the market for a Volvo. We are trying to avoid the same model as I have for a few reasons, number one being the gearbox gremlins, number two being the atrocious turning circle and number three being the general complexity of the thing (she wants a car just a touch simpler).
So I told her about the first gen XC. She would like an XC over a standard model because its a bit higher and wont crash into our driveway. She also plans on towing a small caravan (around a tonne) with it (I will be towing the same van with my car as well). Its also turbocharged, all wheel drive and doesnt have the useless geartronic transmission. The 1997-2000 model (this one):
in that colour as well haha
We recently missed out on a purchase of a green 1998 XC with 150000 on it. I told mum to allow 2 grand on the eBay bid but I dont think she quite realised how rare they are, so she didnt put that much on it. Understandably, I bought both of my cars combined for less than 2 grand so I feel like she didnt realise the cost of obtaining the XC.
Anyway, although she would like a green model, she really has her heart set on the burgandy model, with a cream interior. We would also like an XC because it is top of the range with every option.
Im having no luck tracking one down, Ive even looked interstate and hell even importing one from overseas. Both those paths are ones we'd like to avoid. Ive actually seen the exact car we're looking for (colour and all) drive down Lower Heidelberg Road near the Chandler highway a few times, so if anyone here owns that car, do you want to sell it? Haha!
We would possibly consider buying the first gen in standard from, provided the colour is right, the kilometers are right, and the price is right, and then we'd just fit the XC suspension to it (if thats possible), it does need to have the turbo though because mum doesnt like the noisy 850 exhaust that the standard models have. Also extra powerrrrrrr
We are also considering the second gen XC (this model):
as it is also uncommon to find one of those in a red, as long as it has a sunroof and we can save the gearbox.
The later model second gen is getting out of our price budget of around $10,000. We are also looking if worst comes to worst at an XC90 but getting one of those for 10 grand is a push. And the thing is huge and I think mum would hate it.
Throw me your first gen XC's people. We are negotiable on the colour if everything else is good, we can always respray it lol.