We bought a car this weekend. My car is still in the shop waiting for a turbo, and Salty's van has tooooo many things wrong with it, so it was time to just buy something that will hopefully be reliable and low-maintenance. So we got another Volvo, a 1990 740 basic model sedan with 132k miles. It's gonna have problems, of course, but my experience with my old one was that everything except the wiring harness is cheap AF to replace.
One of the best decisions I've ever made was learning basic/intermediate auto maintenance. Garages here will rip you off for everything and anything and being able to sort basic problems yourself saves so much time and hassle it's unreal. With a Haynes manual and youtube/google you'd be surprised at what you can do when you're able to diagnose the issue correctly.
Yeah, that's what I did with my old one, back when I had time but no money. Chilton's better than Haynes IMO. The engines on these boxy fuckers are pretty well laid out and mostly very accessible. Now that I have neither time nor much money, the repairs are pretty much going to be up to Salty, which is fine because he's more interested in mechanical things than I am anyway. Plus it's his car. Mine's a 940 turbo luxury wagon, which I hope they can find a replacement turbocharger for soon because I miss my car with heated seats and automatic everything.