Bought my t5-r in a snow storm . The seller sold it to me dirt cheap (only $1500). I've added suspension springs and sway bars. I've also upgraded the ecu and exhaust and turbo. This car eats up r/t chargers and most f-bodied V-8 GM cars. Very roomy but it drives so solid. I never expected this out of a Volvo. Fuel economy is good but not o.k. Pretty easy to work on if your not afraid to d.i.y. And to top it all off its a rare car. I love the feeling of smoking a STI or charger and the look on the faces. Yeah, you just got torched by a Volvo.
T-5 turbo engine. Overall vehicle dynamics. Ease of maintenance. Room of the interior.
If your a speed nut, then by all means upgrade the turbo and exhaust. There is a lot of power that can come from the e.c.u. too. Tires and springs and shocks, and way bars can also be upgraded.
I bought this car as a non-running, unmaintained piece of crap basically, after investing over $8k into it I can say its still not perfect but whatever. It's a 1995 Yellow, one of 185 made. At this point it is my favorite car ever (replacing a 96 850R, with half the mileage, and half the problems but oh well, I dont care like I said its a Yellow T-5R whatever it takes I feel i finally have the dream car I had always wanted since I was 10 and my brother borrowed one from the dealer he worked at back in 95).
240hp 2.3 inline five, suede/leather interior and it's yellow.
Car should have come from the factory with the m56 manual transmission, saving me the aggravation of finding all the components to convert it.
I bought it in 2005 with 102k miles, and it was by far the best car I could imagine getting for the money I spent. The interior is spacious and comfortable, with many amenities like wood trim, CD changer and dual zone climate control that aren't available on many newer cars costing twice as much. The powerful turbo engine was a blast to drive, and it could still outrun the majority of cars on the road today. The engine had some oil leaks when I bought it, but after fixing the leaks the car had no major reliability issues.
Turbo engine, leather heated seats, CD changer.
The car should have had AWD standard to fully utilize the engine power and for better weight balance.
I bought one with 100k in jan '06 and it still drives like a baby i compared it to a 02 impala (3.8 engine) with the same mileage and the ride was much smoother. it sits better on the road better pickup a true classic.