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Old 12-12-2005, 03:56 PM   #141
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My late wife was a Volvo believer. She survived a T-bone car wreck in one where she was struck by a car doing 70mph and walked away from it. Her last one was a 1997 Volvo 850 R; black of course. I gave it to my son a couple of years ago when his car finally stopped for good. It still looks great and runs like a scalded dog. 8)

I am glad it is still in the family and he is getting a lot of use out of it. I also like knowing that if he does get into a wreck, he has a very good chance of walking away from it.

Laurence, enjoy your new wheels.
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Re: Finance car advice - ghetto fabulous style
Old 12-12-2005, 03:58 PM   #142
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Check out a Subaru. They have thus far retained some of the pleasant quirkiness of the older Volvos (without the gauges/instructions in Swedish).
Subaru's are my favorite too. A WRX will be my next car.

No wait! Dope!!
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I admit the safety reputation played a part in the decision. Something about having a baby suddenly makes the red sports car look less attractive. I really like the look of the Saab 92-x/subaru wagon. I really wanted a wagon in general, but DW vetoed it.
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I admit the safety reputation played a part in the decision.* Something about having a baby suddenly makes the red sports car look less attractive.* I really like the look of the Saab 92-x/subaru wagon.* I really wanted a wagon in general, but DW vetoed it.* *
Just wait until you bang her or your head into the doorframe trying to get to the carseat. You'll be shopping for a minivan so fast your head will spin...
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Just wait until you bang her or your head into the doorframe trying to get to the carseat. You'll be shopping for a minivan so fast your head will spin...
My wife hates it when I bang our daughter's head on my Civic doorframe I just hate the crying afterwards.
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Well, just received some more bad news regarding my current car, namely, another $240 needed for repairs (not immediately needed, but within the next few months). At this point in time, I'm sick and tired of throwing good money after bad into a 12-year old car.

If I had known that I'd end up spending $1,500+ in repairs six months ago, I would've put the money towards a new(er) car and avoided the last six months of hassles. In fact, when the first set of repairs was required, I should have just paid a mechanic to give me a prognosis (along with the cost of repairing everything) and made a decision right there and then. Hindsight is, of course, always 20/20.

I like Lawrence's idea of buying a Volvo. They're safe cars, and based on what I've researched, are comparable in price to a new or used Honda Accord (but with a bit more cache). I'll have to take one for a test drive to see if I like it.
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here's a car that won't depreciate much.

- Just think what the neighbors will think when you drive up in this !
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- Just think what the neighbors will think when you drive up in this !
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hey rocky, watch me pull a car out of my hat
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Nothin' up my sleeve... Presto!

Now there's a hood ornament only a Texan could love...
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Hi Laurence--

Ireally wish you well with your Volvo.* Mine was an absolute
nightmare.* It was a 2000 S80 T06 with 17000 mi when I bought it in 03 from a Volvo dealer. I got it for less than KBB and was thrilled at the bargain I drove.* A month later, Volvo HQ pulled the dealership and all the parts and specialized garage equipment. Any warranty necessitated a 3 hr drive each way.* *Even getting an oil change was a hassle--no 10 min "Quick Lube" would touch it.* And parts?* Let me just say Sweden must be a long way away!!!!!!!!

Bottom line: it was a lemon and a money pit!!!!!!* I hope you fare better than me.* I hate undependable (and expensive to maintain) cars.* My Volvo was the poster car for both!!!!!!!* Never again.

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after 8 years of ownership the only thing i didnt replace on my volvo was the glove compartment door...what a piece of crap...........
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the way my volvo performed in snow you would think sweeden was in the caribbean ........ now i have a bmw x3 and its an absolute dream to drive..so far reliability has been as good as my nissans
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thats what we get for buying a car that sounds like a female body part!
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thats what we get for buying a car that sounds like a female body part!
You reminded me of a conversation I overheard when I was 5 or 6, wherein a friend of my mother was complaining about the problems she was having with her Volvo. Fairly confusing and somewhat disturbing, until I figured out that it was a type of car...

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Stick with imports.............

You can find an older Accord or Camry for a good price. As far as miles, 70-80K is nothing on a good import engine.

4-cylinder in Honda gives 28-30 in mixed driving, and 35-36 on highway.........

I think one can be had under $10K in the 4-6 year old range...............
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Gee, as long as we're blasting Volvos.......

DW used to car pool with a woman who drove a Volvo. There were so many instances where they had breakdowns and I had to go pick them up that I finally convinced DW to drive herself. That was many years ago. It's interesting to hear that things haven't changed!
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Step-Dad drove a volvo for 20 years and put 300k+ miles on it, replaced it with a Volvo Cross Country (skis a lot) in '98. It's part of why I bought a Volvo myself. first 20k, so far, so good.
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You reminded me of a conversation I overheard when I was 5 or 6, wherein a friend of my mother was complaining about the problems she was having with her Volvo.* Fairly confusing and somewhat disturbing, until I figured out that it was a type of car...
Ha! In the early 70s I had a* Volvo 122s. I had a co-worker who always referred to how much I loved my "little red vulva". I felt that I couldn't correct her pronunciation. I really didn't know what to do.

She was right about one thing. I did love it- I eventually drove it for 335,000 miles and sold it for roughly what I had paid for it years earlier.

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That was one well-used vulva...
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Here's a pretty cool car cost calculator that might help:

http://www.financialhacks.info/index...ask=view&id=23

It doesn't take into account resale value, for which Hondas and Toyotas are far ahead of the rest.
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