Looking for an older volvo ... is this the one? what do you think?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Guest, Aug 22, 2003.

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    Guest Guest

    I"m looking for a mechanically sound (cosmetics not an issue) for my
    daughter to drive between Maryland and NY once a month or so.

    I looked at a '90 GLT wagon yesterday. It has 186,000 miles on it. It
    had been sitting for over a year. Long, sad story attached as to why.
    Short version..The private owner's wife owned the car. She died when
    her new SUV flipped 1 1/2 yrs ago.

    The sunroof leaked (left open a little?), the headliner sags, it
    smells musty, and a few unimportand pieces of trim are hanging off
    here and there.The paint is bubbling here and there.. it just looks

    My thought is that while it was being used it was probably a nice car.
    After just sitting.. this car got ugly.

    He wants a lot.. I told his mother who showed me the car that I
    didn't think it was worth 1/2 of the asking price. He wants 1,800
    "because that's what the book is on it in good condition. I told his
    mother (he was at a grieving group... really) I could offer him
    $800.00 as it stands.

    The car starts right up quiet as it should be, steering feels tight..
    I can't drive it on the road. it has no plates. The
    brakes/muffler/tires are good. The body is solid, but ugly.
    Cosmetically it looks like who did it and ran... No service records,
    but I get the impression that the car was reasonbly well cared for.

    I don't know much about the GLT .Any suggestions about whether I
    should try and purchase this one, or should I wait? Would it be worth
    it for me to restore a car like this? I can do mufflers, brakes, minor
    electrical repairs and the like.

    Thanks for your time, and your thoughts in advance.

    Guest, Aug 22, 2003
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