Mrs. Splat's 244 met an unfortunate end last week when she hit a retread on the interstate - busted the transmission cooler line and promptly dumped most of the fluid out. She (at my urging) limped the Silver Bullet another few miles to my brother's house, and the damage was done <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> Line was replaced, but the transmission is no longer working properly, to say the least.<p>We looked at several other makes, but we couldn't leave the Volvo fold, and ended up buying an '02 S40.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.splat-co.com/ht/befsled.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>So far, she loves it. I drove it today on a 300-ish mile road trip, and was very happy with how it drove. Suspension is tighter than my T5, and I was impressed with the auto transmission. 34.1 mpg according to the trip computer on half the journey (reset it after a fill-up), and that was with the cruise set between 73 and 77, AC on.<p>Curious to see if there are any "gotchas" with this model we should be watching out for. This car has just over 52k miles. Don't even have an owner's manual yet (dealer is getting us one).