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Old 04-20-2006, 12:26 PM   #41
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Nice job!

I love my new car, the Volvo S60, and I got a stick shift, too. I've noticed that sticks have become veeeery forgiving over the years, and the ratio on my car makes stop and go traffic almost o.k., 90% of the time I just hang out in second, and paddle the clutch and gas.

I did have a bit of annoyance today as I tried to drive while sipping a Vente non-fat sugar free Vanilla Latte - no, really. I had a bit of an identity crisis at that point, the radio station was even on soft rock. I quickly put in the 'Fugees in the CD player and felt a little better...
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Re: Update on Our NUE VUE! (Saturn) - Photo
Old 04-20-2006, 02:18 PM   #42
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Vente non-fat sugar free Vanilla Latte
Holy cow, Laurence, why make the effort to swallow?

You'll have to go back to black Kona for a few weeks. After it brews, let it sit on the warmer for a couple hours before you swill it down...
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Old 04-21-2006, 11:35 AM   #43
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Laurence, my 1993 Volvo 850GLT has just gone over 200,000 miles, still looks good, I have no desire to trade or upgrade, inspite of multiple thousands on my GM Card.

A word of caution, find a good mechanic who specialises in Volvos, after the warranty expires.

The Dealer said I need a whole new $1,200 muffler system, my guy welded in a piece of pipe for $10.
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There's a "Swedish Motor Works" down the street we took DW's old Volvo Station Wagon ('85, I think) to nurse it along until ~250k, then the head gasket busted. Still ran, but not reliably. We hope to get the same amount of miles out of this one.
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The thing about Volvos is that as they age, they still look good, in fact real old Volvos have a certain air to them.

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The thing about Volvos is that as they age, they still look good, in fact real old Volvos have a certain air to them.

Biggest bomb I ever had was a Volvo. I got 4 years out of it then the problems started. Electrical problems and computer problems. Car would die on me at mid stream and then I would have to call for a tow.
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Well All:

It has been a few months now. The Ol' Vue has had it's forst oil change and is chugging along to 6000 miles. I put Mobil 1 Synthetic in it. If it is good enough for Lotus, Ferrari & Porsche it is good enough for our SUV .

We are getting about 27 - 28mpg on average city and highway. I do not consider that too bad at all. We have had no problem with the car at all. It delivers as advertised.

I would say it could be a little quieter, but in all honesty it depends on the road surface mainly. There is no wind noise to speak of. We have never been in a situation where we have had to shout at each other to be heard. Concrete roads are the most noticable. It is perfectly normal (in my books) on regular tarmac / asphalt.

I am not sure what else to say here. If you have any questions I would be more than happy to answer them.

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Biggest bomb I ever had was a Volvo. I got 4 years out of it then the problems started. Electrical problems and computer problems. Car would die on me at mid stream and then I would have to call for a tow.
ooooh man me too...the only thing that wasnt replaced on my volvo in the 8 years of ownership was the glove compartment door......
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only thing worse than my volvo was my sisters saturn...it spent more time going up vertically on a lift than horizontally on the road.....my altima which is going on 106,000 miles was trouble free the first 4 years or so..after that it had more and more problems each year until now we are trying to keep it on the road a few more months until my son gets his new car and we can scrap this one he's using.......my nissan xterra has been trouble free for the last 4 years and next week that gets traded in for my new bmw x3 which hopefully will be in.....
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All of our Toyotas (and the Acura and Nissan) have been virtually trouble-free while we owned them, and we usually own a car for ~10 years. Mostly due to the manufacturer, but also to how we drive--keeping up with maintenance, no jack-rabbit starts, rare flooring to pass, lots of highway driving, and since moving to the sunbelt, no raod salt(!)--and these days, pretty much no speeding. I've told my husband that if he wants excitement in driving, he should rent a sportscar for a couple of days
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Did you guy's hear about the Nissan call back on 100,000 altimas that have engine problems? Some go on fire and the dealers can't even sell the ones they have in stock till the engines are replaced. It's on 4 cylinder cars.
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Did you guy's hear about the Nissan call back on 100,000 altimas that have engine problems?* Some go on fire and the dealers can't even sell the ones they have in stock till the engines are replaced.* It's on 4 cylinder cars.
I hadn't heard about that. It's really nice to know that they stand behind their product so well. Good news. Thanks!
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I hadn't heard about that.* It's really nice to know that they stand behind their product so well.* Good news.* Thanks!
Funny thing is that when an American car has a call back people say it must be junk. But when a Jap. car has a problem it's preceived as a company standing behind the product.
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Funny thing is that when an American car has a call back people say it must be junk.* But when a Jap. car has a problem it's preceived as a company standing behind the product.
When we were looking at motorhomes, we tried hard to get one that was very reliable because we don't live near any manufacturers and there is only one relatively small dealer in my town. I would read glowing reports about motorhomes that had to go back to the factory or dealer numerous times, but hey, they always gave service with a smile.

We bought a MH with a great reputation for reliability and durability. In two years, nothing has gone wrong.
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Funny thing is that when an American car has a call back people say it must be junk.* But when a Jap. car has a problem it's preceived as a company standing behind the product.
I find that odd, too.


Good to hear the Vue is working for you, SWR.
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Probably because a lot of american car recalls are only implemented after a significant number of people have died or been injured.

Seems to me either the japanese car manufacturers have much better PR/marketing handling their problems or the american manufacturers are doing a cost/benefit analysis of paying liability claims vs a recall.

The exploding pinto's, other fords with problem gas tanks that caught fire in an accident (which they fixed in police cars, but not regular models...hmmm), the ford firestone recall, the ford speed control fire problem.

Guess I must have owned a lot of fords, or fords the one with the biggest problems

Seems to me in all of these cases, it was pointed out that the problem was known and well understood quite a while before the recall was done and it wasnt until there was excessive negative media coverage that ford took action.

My expedition took three recalls in the 6.5 years I owned it. One of them involved the cruise control switch under the hood catching fire, sometimes an hour or more after you parked the car. Ford replaced those in the vehicles that had a history of actually catching fire. They havent replaced the identical switches that exist in a wide variety of other models because they have a "lower incidence" of catching fire.

Swell.

I've owned four japanese cars in the last 15 years. No recalls.

Anecdotal and small sample size, but between the bad press and my personal experiences...
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Good to hear the Vue is working for you, SWR.
Honestly, It really has surpassed my expectation. And I am not a cheap ar buyer of old as most of you may know. I have owned the Lexus', Ferraris. Lotus', Audis etc. during my copious consumption years. and, if gas prices ever stabilize I will have at least one more fast exotic before I'm done. But for a Daily driver, the VUE takes the award without breaking the bank. In fact, I am even thinking of getting another in 2007 as it will be the last of the composite models. They are going to an all steel construction in 2008.

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In fact, I am even thinking of getting another in 2007 as it will be the last of the composite models. They are going to an all steel construction in 2008.

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problem i have with consumers reports is the vehicles are tested out of catagory...they will pit a nissan xterra a true off road designed hard core 4x4 with a rav 4 and go the xterra has a harsh ride...forget about the fact that the xterra is a truck and the rav 4 a car and are designed primarly with different purposes in mind..whether ultimately someone buys an xterra for the highway should be irrelevant in their testing..the xterra should be compared to the jeep liberty,the wrangler,the four runner,,its a different catagory....how about testing the cars in mud and 4 ft of snow and going they got stuck...
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my new bmw x3 is supposed to be in saturday,i hope......
only 2 more sleeps............
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