volvos, owned, 2x240, 2x740 and now have a v40. The 240/740 are bricks reliable as far as engine and drive trains but the trim stuff can be funky, and some parts are pricey to fix but you can do diy, the newer v's even more pricey to fix and less diy...thing abt volvos is that they require regular maintenance to keep going and if you can't do the diy...service is expensive. The rwd and fwd volvo work but not particularly snow friendly.
If you want cheap beater snow cars that go forevar find a toy alltrac or tercel 4wd (legit snow car) or get a rwd (add weight over the rear wheels) with manual 5sp and some good snow tires; I've had 2 tercels, 2 corrolla and alltrac...each with close to or over 300k. They are cheap to fix and insure compared to a volvo. Imo toys are better in the snow than volvos..but have never owned a 4wd volvo.
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Last edited by wrathfuldeity; 09-19-2011 at 12:10 AM.