S/V40 '98 S40 T4 - How bad of an idea is this?
There's this listing for a 1998 S40 T4 I've had my eye on for a while (https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/winchelsea/cars-vans-utes/1998-volvo-s40-t4/1253105184) that started out as a quarantine fever dream, but I've been itching to drive something with a real gearbox for a while (and that powerplant looks like a bag of fun - that's most of the reason why I'm interested TBH).
How much of an ordeal would it be to keep this alive? The owner looks like they know what they're doing (listing says turbo and engine sensors were done recently), but given the age I'm expecting there'll be some work to do from time to time (not to mention regular oil changes to keep the turbo happy). If the throttle lag is just a sensor issue then that should hopefully be easy enough to replace.
If it's likely to fall over every few months and require major work then that'd be a bit of a dealbreaker - I'm not keen on keeping two cars so this'd have be my daily driver too.
I'm happy to do my own work (and lucky enough to have friends that can help as well), but I'm also very new to maintenance. I'm also not sure how easy it is to get parts in NSW (or in .au in general) as well.
Thoughts? Should this stay a fever dream, or is this worth digging into when I'm next in the area in a few weeks?