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I have one check on the side of my fusilage.<P>Recruted my roomate Mike into the wounderful world of Vo 850 ownership. I've rented him a room in my townhouse for the last three years and he has owned a Chevy Cavalier (was totally falling apart, the bic lighter of cars) and just sold his Pontiac GrandPrix that was starting to breakdown (motor mounts, ball joints - Electrical nightmare on Elm street!). I have been promoting Volvo's to him for the last three years as mine only requires oil changes and voluntary custom parts. <P>He is now the proud owner of an 850 T-5 <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><BR>His 850 is faster than mine <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/mad.gif"><BR>His 850 is a five speed <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/mad.gif"><P>He likes his Volvo and would buy another after this one <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>Any other recruiters in the audience?<BR>
 

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I have recruited more than my fair share. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>
 

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I sense the presence of Volvo sales here <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><BR>Just trying to make your jobs easier <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>"I feel a presence I have not felt sinse..."<BR>- Darth Vader<P>
 

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I could easily recruit my wife....she loves my 98 V70R and wants to have it everytime she drives it....she can't resist the power of turbo. She has a Saab 900S (the other swede meat)and I would love to give her my car and get something else, but with my taste, we definitely couldn't afford it. I've tried to recruit family and friends, but they are all a bunch of minivan owners.
 

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Doesn't help when Volvo's radio ads talk about feeling "young again": they cater to older drivers. (A young person is young, they obviously don't worry about the need to feel "young again.") Clueless dipweeds.<P>The engineering department giveth the performance, the marketing department taketh away the sales . . . . .
 

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When I meet my girlfriend three years ago she had just started a three year lease on a '99 camero. She was planing on buying it at the end of the lease. Well time was up four weeks ago, and we drove it back to the chevy dealer and left. Her new s60 AWD will be here next week <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>
 

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i was recruited y my parents :p<P>dad owned two volvo station wagons...<BR>mom drove an s80<P>i had to get the c70 <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by T5 Dave:<BR><B>Doesn't help when Volvo's radio ads talk about feeling "young again": they cater to older drivers. (A young person is young, they obviously don't worry about the need to feel "young again.") Clueless dipweeds.<P>The engineering department giveth the performance, the marketing department taketh away the sales . . . . .</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>Yeah, that sounds like poor marketing. I know Volvos are on the expensive side so it isn't like it is a toss up between the Toyota Echo (an echo of a real car) and an S-60 for the first time buyer, however the S-40 seems to be enticing to both middle class younger and mature markets. That add only reminds people that they may be at a midlife crisis, thereby possibly fighting it rather than jumping aboard and buying a C70 convertable with 18" rims...<BR><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Kaizai:<BR><B>When I meet my girlfriend three years ago she had just started a three year lease on a '99 camero. She was planing on buying it at the end of the lease. Well time was up four weeks ago, and we drove it back to the chevy dealer and left. Her new s60 AWD will be here next week <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>-excellent. mehehehahaha *Mr.Burns*<P>I'm still ttrying to convince my girlfriend she needs to get her driver's liscense!! We're both 23 and she still thinks driving is too expensive... well she can save up and help me buy my S60 AWD modded to 500hp <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>Well, anyway, if she does learn to drive (like if we ever move out of the city, what choice is there?) she will be in a Volvo guaranteed. Maybe she'll inherit my 850 and I will get a (*see above).<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GShyneDM:<BR><B>i was recruited y my parents :p<P>dad owned two volvo station wagons...<BR>mom drove an s80<P>i had to get the c70 <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>That's a nuclear family in proper form <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><BR>Wanna adopt me? I wouldn't mind taking dad's S80 out here and there <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><BR>C70s are visually stunning. Wanna trade for an 850!!! No, well can't blame me for trying <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>
 

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I've recruited probably a dozen friends and relations over the years. One college buddy bought a 740 and proceeded to rack up close to 300K miles over the last 5 years!<P>Cost is probably the biggest issue. People love how great my '83 looks, but when they hear the price of a new one, they choke...<P>
 

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I have been following this forum for a while. I am driving a BMW 5 and is really impressed with the S80 and XC 90 which will be appearing soon. I am just not sure about the reliability and maintainance of a Volvo. <P>What are the joys and frustration of owning a Volvo? Can I have any neutral opinions on this? Tks a million
 

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Mmm, never converted anyone to Volvo, but I have switched a few buddies from Bud to Guinness <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by XC90:<BR><B>...I am just not sure about the reliability and maintainance of a Volvo.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>Granted, I'm a new owner (S60), so I don't have a vast array of knowledge when it comes to maintenance just yet, but it appears that Volvos have an above average reliability. You see more old Volvos driving around than any other make. Is that a subjective assessmemt? Sure. <P>But I also know of a '78 244 DL that my Dad has. (Notice the present tense there.) He's been driving it all these years, and I did, too, back in the late 80s. He still HAS his '78, and it's more than alive and running. It's not much to look at, but we got/get good use out of it. I think that you might find that Volvo owners are a peculiar bunch when it comes to keeping their cars. Why? Tons of reasons, but I'd say that "reliability" could very well be numero uno on nearly everyone's list! <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>What are the joys and frustration of owning a Volvo? Can I have any neutral opinions on this?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Having only owned one for 3.5 months now, I can't say that I've had any frustrations, but the joys have been CLEAR OFF THE JOY-METER! <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"> In contrast, my last three purchased-new vehicles <B><I>each</I></B> gave me frustrations within the first 3.5 months of ownership. I would say I have a <I>balanced</I> view, but I suppose I'll never be as far down the scale as to be giving you a <I>neutral</I> opinion, because I think Volvo has an excellent <B>Joy-to-Frustration</B> ratio, which is <I>why</I> I bought my S60! (Okay, for all you geeks out there whose eyes lit up when you saw the word "ratio". I'm thinking the ratio is somewhere around 1.0 or .999. Ha ha ha.)<BR><p>[This message has been edited by Lisa62 (edited 07-13-2002).]
 
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