Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Volvo Loaner - XC60

A 2017 XC60
For more years than can be recalled, having the loaner dropped off when the Volvo is picked up for servicing by the dealer has been most appreciated.  And even more so on rainy days.

12 comments:

  1. I know we just bought a '17 Subaru Outback, but that Volvo XC60 is a good looking vehicle.

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  2. We are in the market for newer xc60 so would really like to know what you think of it. The beauty of a Certified Pre-Owned Volvo is a 7 year warranty!

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  3. I purchased a CPO 2014 XC60 a few months ago. It had about 19,500 miles on it. With the balance of the warranty it's almost a no brainer as to why you would not purchase it. I haven't bought a 'new' car in years and have opted for a CPO car a few years old.

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    1. From a financial aspect buying a newer used car makes the most sense. Cars are depreciating assets and depreciate the most within the first few years after being purchased. My husband and I have always purchased newer used cars and hold onto them until they die. Having no car payments has helped us be able to sort out our finances in other areas of our life...like sinking money into fixing up my husband's vintage Porsche...

      (Note: that was a bit sarcastic but vintage cars are typically money pits with no actual financial return on them! We enjoy the Porsche, but don't consider it an investment at all because we've certainly put more money into it than we will ever get out! The pleasure of driving it is the reward. We all have things like that, I'm sure...)

      - ER

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    2. Generally, you are spot on about vintage cars being money pits, however, there are some exceptions to the rule. Years ago we purchased a used '95 Land Rover Defender and I'm happy to say it is worth quite a lot more than we paid considering they don't make them anymore, and they only imported them for three years in the U.S. It is in mint condition and we toy with he idea of cashing in but it still sits in our garage!

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    3. JVK - I've always wanted a Land Rover Defender but I feel like I missed the boat on that one since they are prohibitively expensive but gorgeous! I wasn't driving yet in the 90's and never thought of cars until I married someone who loves them. You managed to do well with that!

      When I was younger my mom always shared with me her theory of buying art and it applies to so many things in life, including vintage cars - "When the average person considers buying art they should first consider whether or not they will enjoy the art. The painter's name is secondary to the piece. If it appreciates then it's just an added bonus." So, she believes (and taught us!) that you appreciate the art for the art, not the price tag or potential investment.

      This is, of course, the woman who bought a Rothko for a song when she was in college. For every one like that, however, she has about twenty more at her house who were painted by people who's names bring no real value to the piece. And do you know who's art hangs in the places of honor? My dad's hobby watercolors (though they are actually really, really good pieces!) and her children's grade school and high school art projects...and our family photographs. Typical mom. :)

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    4. What a wonderful story and lesson from a wise mother who esteems her family's art- fortunate you! Since we absolutely Love our Defender, perhaps we should consider it as one with art. I like that! The Defender is a fun vehicle to drive and certainly has what it takes to navigate rough terrain, but it isn't in any way, shape, or form a convenient vehicle to hop around town in but its obvious quirks is what makes it so special and endearing to its owners. However, when you're accustomed to the driving ease of a car such as the Volvo, it's much more tempting to choose it over the Defender for everyday use. It seems, too, every time we turn around it's calling out for maintenance of one sort or another. We have poured our fair share of money into it over the years - all for the love of a vehicle we don't seem to be able to part with!

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    5. I suggest not selling. I had a 1989 German sports car that I sold in 2013 after which the car subsequently increased in value by at least 30%. I simply do not have the Midas touch.

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  4. We've had an XC60 since new in 2010. 70K miles and the engine has started to use about a quart of oil every 4000 miles - typically normal according to the Volvo dealer service dept...hmmmm! My wife feels very safe in it though - so some things are worth putting up with.

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    1. I know this is not ' Car Talk" but next time you take it to the dealership. ask about changing to a " High Mileage" oil. See if the might help close some of those seals.( There are some great synthetic High Mileage brands now.) You may also want to ask and see if a higher viscosity oil may help..

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    2. More "car talk". I have a 2013 XC 60 that always went low on oil between service appointments. The dealer tried telling me it was due to a sensor. When that didn't work they blamed it on the turbo. When that didn't work they kept it for a week and did real diagnostics and found a small oil leak. It's been great ever since.

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    3. Anon@6:42, you would think the dealership would check....but often they do not. You have to " suggest" it.

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