So i've searched on here and on swedespeed for a buyers guide for the 1993-2000 volvo wagons, and really haven't come up with anything concrete. Whats the reason for staying away from the AWD systems? Theres a couple non-XC cars with AWD. I know about getting the car Stage 0.
Turbo vs non-turbo? Any special needs there apart from regular turbo stuff?
All i'm seeing transmission-wise is autos, I know manuals are out there, but rare as hens teeth. What should I look for with the trans?
Im handy with a toolset, so I'm not afraid of getting dirty with my cars. How do parts costs compare with a B5 Passat (my current car)? Are they similarly easy to work on? Ill probably have about $3500 to spend.