I've owned my 1995 Volvo 850 for almost a year and have come to love it. It's not the best car when it comes to things not breaking, but what a wonderful ride. It's great to look at, very comfortable inside and on the open road. I would be careful with the problem with prepare costs, as then can really get you alive. I'm lucky I found a young Volvo mechanic who's very trustworthy.
Seats, feel while driving, look of the car and how safe you are driving.
Buildi a sound, tightly made car that might last for years and years without costly repairs.