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Some were RWD, iirc. Saw a vid of a girl doing a burnout in an older one....


To the OP, the new Volvo S40 is not a bad idea, IMO.
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A Saab 9-3 is also a good and safe candidate while still maintaining youth


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Volvos were never RWD ....only AWD and FWD.....I think...
Volvo have only recently moved away from RWD. All of the classic Volvos were RWD, Amazon, 240, 740 etc. Saab however were always FWD.


Anyway I would recommend a nice old 190. A good intro to Benz driving at a decent price. I assume they were sold in the US?
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While the 190 is a good idea, depending on Dad's wallet, a 202 might be even better: a fresher design with more room & safety as well as looking more contemporary for very little more money. A '94-98 C220 or C230 would be a great beginner Benz. A simple compact!

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'94 C220 with 93k totalled 10/06 by hit & run broadsiding monster truck: not a scratch or bruise for me
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My dad used to drive a 450SEL. He wanted me to be in a tank for safety purposes.

Went to his old mechanic and got a 1988 560SEL with 77k for 7k. Got the car my senior year in high school and I've fallen in love ever since.

Now I'm a Sophomore in college up at Syracuse (worst place to have the car) and have 95k miles on it.

If you don't want your son drag racing and speeding his mind out don't buy him this car. Boy do I have fun in this car. The best part was driving home from school after my dad had come up in his brand new chevy malibu. I was on I-81 with a bmw 5 series and an early 90s m3 going 140. Figured my dad would kill me but as we pulled out of the toll booth we raced out. The 5 series, the m3, and I all took turns leading while my dad struggled to keep up with us. What a great ride that was.
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Buy him a Bug. Safe, reliable, easy on the wallet, and totally un-raceworthy. And if he's got other ideas about what he wants, well, then he can pay for it himself. And that includes maintenance.

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Buy him a Bug. Safe, reliable, easy on the wallet, and totally un-raceworthy. And if he's got other ideas about what he wants, well, then he can pay for it himself. And that includes maintenance.
Might as well hand him a gun while you're at it...

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Might as well hand him a gun while you're at it...
So he can shoot himself.
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Be careful with the NHTSA safety ratings. It's my understanding that they only compare a particular car to those others in its class, i.e. a honda fit vs. a toyoto aveo. The FIT gets a 5 star safety rating amongst econo boxes, but not compared to a full size sedan.

FAQ section of SaferCar.gov - NHTSA Turns out that only Frontal crash rating results can only be compared to other vehicles in the same class, side and rollover can be compared.

"How does NHTSA categorize vehicles?

NHTSA categorizes vehicles by vehicle class and "curb" weight. Curb weight represents the weight of a vehicle with standard equipment including the maximum capacity of fuel, oil, coolant, and air conditioning, if so equipped. Passenger cars are further subdivided.

* Passenger cars – mini (PC/Mi) (1,500-1,999 lbs. curb weight)
* Passenger cars – light (PC/L) (2,000-2,499 lbs. curb weight)
* Passenger cars – compact (PC/C) (2,500-2,999 lbs. curb weight)
* Passenger cars – medium (PC/Me) (3,000-3,499 lbs. curb weight)
* Passenger cars – heavy (PC/H) (3,500 lbs. and over curb weight.)
* Sport utility vehicles (SUV)
* Pickup trucks (PU)
* Vans (VAN)



Can I compare vehicles from different classes?

Side crash rating results can be compared across all classes because all vehicles are hit with the same force by the same moving barrier.

Rollover ratings can also be compared across all classes.

Frontal crash rating results can only be compared to other vehicles in the same class and whose weight is plus or minus 250 lbs of the vehicle being rated. This is so because a frontal crash rating into a fixed barrier represents a crash between two vehicles of the same weight. Examples:

* It would not be permissible to compare the frontal crash results of a 4,500 lb SUV with those of a 3,000 sedan (different classes and exceeds the weight requirement).
* It would not be permissible to compare the frontal crash results of a 3,600 lb pickup with those of a 3,400 lb van (meets the weight requirement, but different classes).
* It would be correct to compare the frontal crash results of a 3,400 lb passenger car with a 3650 lb passenger car (same class and meets the weight requirement)."
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