Recommend V70 or XC for nice winter ride?
New to this Forum and soon to enter the ranks of Volvo ownership. I need a 2nd car for Boston winters. I now have what could be the polar opposite of a V70...a Mercedes-Benz SL500 which is beautiful in the summer with the roof down...but not so much in the ice and snow unless you want to go sledding.
Thinking of a 1991-2001 either V70 wagon or XC wagon. High miles (over 100k) to keep cost below $4K. Understand that I need to look out for timing belt, water pump, etc.
Any other major pointers? Or things to steer clear of (figuratively...ha!).
Obviously, the XC will be better in snow.
I'm more interested in fuel econonomy than in power...should I avoid turbos over standard engine?
Also, I read somewhere that only the 2000 model year came with a 5-speed auto transmission, so that's the best for highway fuel economy. Anyone heard that?
Any pointers, tips, ruminations, caveats, rants or opinions--qualified or not--most welcome!
Thanks in advance all.