Question for everyone... What do you think of Aphex Twin? If you have never really ever listened to them please look up Aphex Twin - Film. If you have heard of them, then tell me what you though of them before they stopped making music.
If safety's what you're concerned about, I'd say go for something that's got a (good) euroncap rating... Volvos do have a lot of steel, but that's NOT what you want in case of a crash. Modern cars are designeed to tear themselves apart, "releasing" the energy of the impact to keep the passengers safe. For the record, the Volvo you're interested in doesn't even have a euroncap rating... And I doubt that computers and software at the time it's development begun were advanced enough to predict what would happen in case of a crash accurately... I've always thought of Volvo's "safety" to be a hype... Look, for example, at the 1997 Volvo S70 vs the 1999 Renault Megane: [Clickety Click] [Clickety Click] With the exception of the passenger's feet and pedestrians, the Renault is MUCH better.
Also, If I get a run-down older car, I'm not even going to put collision on it, it'll be liability and hospitalization stuff, but if it gets wrecked, toss it and buy a new one of the same quality/price. I'm hoping I could negotiate that car down even a bit.
I know its alot, I probably would get it down to about 6k. I know its alot for a 21 year old car, but not too steep for the a car of that mileage. I did look at one for on Craigslist for $1000 and it had 212k miles on it. I decided to walk away because he wouldn't throw in the Cassette deck. I really want a 240, the turbobrick is a good car and I have some contacts who specialize in Volvos and might be able to get me a cheaper restoration through them or restore one I hand them for my use. I am thinking small, tankly, and a rock on the road that I won't be killed in if I get hit by one of my peers SUVs as everyone speeds (55-110mph) on the road leading towards my school.
Oh shiz its the shoebox volvo.. my old boss had one of those.. admittedly its built like a tank, and feels like you are in one when its driving. But 8K that seems a little steep, you could probably pic one of those up over here for less than £1000. If you actually decided to go with the armour plated shoebox.
Not sure how insurance is wortked out over there. but if its based in any way on engine size and things like that your best bet is buy a little dinky ass car like an old puegot 205 or even an old fiat panda.. Besides its your first car, expect to crash it, or be crashed into within a year. Never make your first car something you really want. leave that until your second or third car. when you have that extra experience under your belt.