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So I left DC for Philly, which turned into San Francisco, which brought me back to the cattle ranch. After selling my XC70 T6 for $7500 to a man who still listens to my Tell Me I'm Pretty CD (initially bought for an ex, but that's not the CD his wife ended up finding) I ran back to California for the holidays, getting reacquainted with my old pal Lucy and all her fungis. Besides, the XC70 was getting expensive to keep after 192k miles. Time to move on.
This new beast? Everything about it screams practical and I'm still obsessed. I got 32 MPG on 101 heading down to LA and I'm still averaging 26 at ~90 MPH on I-10. It takes a moment to get going but once you're there it's rock solid. This wagon also has the auxiliary seat and the nifty table which I don't need but love to play with. 115k miles, 3 owners, purchased CPO in 2008 and traded in on a Volvo down here in SoCal, where it's always resided. The weather forced me to stop tonight around mile 1300 but thus far I haven't burned a drop of oil. It looks, feels and drives like a car that's been well loved. As I get back home and slow down a bit I'm hoping to see 28-32 MPG on average.
My first Volvo was a 2006 S60; at the time I was working in coffee so my car always smelled like old P2 and coffee. Well yesterday I stopped for a pick-me-up and caught a waft of the exact same smell. Took me way back. Now that I'm getting re-acquainted with the old 5 cylinder I'm beginning to remember why people love these cars so much. It does everything very well without doing too much, allowing it to be a (dare I say it) highly practical car to own. Hopefully I'll use those boosters at some point. If not anytime soon, the car certainly sends the right message in the present.