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So after having plenty of problems with my cultlike following with volkswagens I had finally had it. My last volkswagen decided to snap the final headbolt off while tightening down a new head gasket about a half inch under the block. So I parted it and made a desperate search for a new car. The criteria was that the car had to be cheap, reliable, safe, spacious, a manual, and at least bearable on the eyes. All of these are qualities I'm looking for as I'm a starving college student. And this is what I came up with.<p>I found a 1973 Volvo 142 Station Wagon sanded all the way down and repainted with a coat of clear. It had been lowered, with wheels from a turbo thrown on it. The brakes were all discs and replaced recently, as was the clutch and drivetrain. The overdrive worked perfectly and I was easily getting 20-23 mpg. Not bad at all for a 33 year old car. The mileage was a bit high but because of the absolutely AMAZING running condition of the car I didn't care. The previous owner was the original owner and had also installed all black leather seats from a different volvo. The mileage is approaching a quarter of a million give or take a few thousand. The asking price was the best, I was in a pinch one week and it was a sunday afternoon. I had just wasted the day looking at a vw diesel rabbit for 500$ with shot brakes and blowing smoke out the back, it was a POS. I found this volvo on craigslist, went down, test drove it, and took it home. The best part was he even gave me a bunch of extra parts, a dizzy, fuel rail, instrument cluster, exhaust, and alternator. I have had the car for 2-3 months now and have had absolutely zero problems with it! Infact it seems to get better as I keep u p the routine maintenance! VOLVO FOR LIFE.<p><IMG SRC="http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c209/blkjkrabbit/Volvo1.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: First Volvo, Fallen in Love. Pic(s) Inside (blkjkrabbit)

Congrats and welcome to Swedespeed! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>VW around here stands for <i>V</i>olvo <i>W</i>annabe <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> I had a 99 Passat before my 2000 V70<b><i>R</i></b> and even though I loved her (the Passat) she isn't nearly as fun as my Volvo. I had way too many quirky issues with the VW (yes, I know they are known for it) and it got to me. <p>Good luck with her!
 

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I, too, am a VW guy who is seriously considering making the switch to Volvo. In the VW world, there are some trends that bother me. First off, there is a distinct division between the air-cooled and the water-cooled crowds. A typical air-cooled guy is fiftyish and won't even look at a water-cooled VW. A typical water-cooled person is about 25 and has so many mods on their car (usually a Golf) that it becomes almost unrecognizable. <br>Neither group seems to care that VW is losing money in the US despite , finally, increased sales after a 4 year slump. The old guys are stuck in 1967 and the younger crowd, about 1990. The increased sales, while good, are not fantastic when you consider that 2005 saw a 37% drop from just 4 years before, in 2001. Many people on boards complain constantly about electrical issues or they critiscize anything VWoA comes up with; whether it be styling, or the 2.5 liter engine, or revitalizing the Rabbit name. It is indeed tough to be a VW person with all the negativity that abounds. However, with that said, I fell in love with the S40 when somebody on a VW board posted a picture of it as he complained that THIS is what the Jetta V should have become. Ever since then, I have been following developments at Volvo and will take a VERY serious look at the brand; especially if the current rise in VW sales proves to be a temporary fluke.
 

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Re: First Volvo, Fallen in Love. Pic(s) Inside (EuroFan)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>EuroFan</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I, too, am a VW guy who is seriously considering making the switch to Volvo. In the VW world, there are some trends that bother me. First off, there is a distinct division between the air-cooled and the water-cooled crowds. A typical air-cooled guy is fiftyish and won't even look at a water-cooled VW. A typical water-cooled person is about 25 and has so many mods on their car (usually a Golf) that it becomes almost unrecognizable. <br>Neither group seems to care that VW is losing money in the US despite , finally, increased sales after a 4 year slump. The old guys are stuck in 1967 and the younger crowd, about 1990. The increased sales, while good, are not fantastic when you consider that 2005 saw a 37% drop from just 4 years before, in 2001. Many people on boards complain constantly about electrical issues or they critiscize anything VWoA comes up with; whether it be styling, or the 2.5 liter engine, or revitalizing the Rabbit name. It is indeed tough to be a VW person with all the negativity that abounds. However, with that said, I fell in love with the S40 when somebody on a VW board posted a picture of it as he complained that THIS is what the Jetta V should have become. Ever since then, I have been following developments at Volvo and will take a VERY serious look at the brand; especially if the current rise in VW sales proves to be a temporary fluke. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>X2
 
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