Thursday, September 13, 2018

Starting to Get Used to It

Spotted today - Photos by Salt Water New England



Spotted - At the Beach



45 comments:

  1. It certainly is a departure from their old design aesthetic, but I have come to like it too. I think the old "fridge on its side" look of the 240's, 850's and V70's was more utilitarian than this notch-back wagon design though.

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    1. It looks not unlike our 2014 and 2015 Outbacks.

      Best Regards,

      Heinz-Ulrich von B.

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    2. My thought exactly, Heinz; my husband has an Outback.

      SassyinClifton,VA

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    3. It also looks a little like our (that is, my wife's) Volkswagen Golf "Sportwagen." It's like all car designers went to the same school. The dimensions are almost the same as the V70 that it replaced when the V70 was totaled in an accident. It looks smaller, though, and the seats are really inboard and somewhat difficult to get in and out of.

      The best car I ever owned was a Ford Escort wagon, which was totaled as it sat in my driveway. Almost had 200,000 trouble-free miles.

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  2. Striking, different, classy - wagons always more economical than SUVs, too. While this Volvo renaissance may be a little different than 30+ years ago, I'm all for it.

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    1. You’re right!

      MaryAnne

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  4. The looks are attractive, seats wonderful as always, and the interiors look and feel very nice. BUT - the Sensus touchscreen for controlling almost all functions is annoying, distracting, and unsafe. The engines function to drive the car but sound and feel unrefined, and the suspension needs a lot of improvement, bumps are not well absorbed and it feels rough like a truck but fragile like a car on bad roads.

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    1. Feels like an Outback! ;)

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    2. I have a 2018 XC90 and I strongly dislike having a touch screen for all functions. I have to take my eyes off the road or pull over to change the temp or radio station. I miss buttons and knobs I could feel without looking away.

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  5. As someone who has driven a 240, 740, and XC70 Wagon, I wanted to get a newer wagon like the one pictured when my 1999 XC70 reached 250K but opted to buy a 2012 XC70,which I love. For the past year I have driven past a neighbor's house with a Volvo in the driveway like the one pictured and just never liked the looks of it. Just yesterday I drove by and thought, you know that thing is looking better to me every time I pass it. Ironic.

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  6. Rear (in profile) leaves a lot to be desired. I miss the square lines.
    I get the Brand Loyalty though. I'm that way with Trader Joes.

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  7. We have had a well-loved and cared for 2015 XC60. Recently, we decided to pass it down to our teenage daughter in order to "keep it in the family" so to speak. We recently purchased a 2018 V60 and absolutely love it. I so enjoy driving this car. Always admired the Volvo wagons and even though it has changed a lot in terms of cosmetics, it drives like an absolute dream. The infotainment system isn't the updated touchscreen, which is fine with me. One less things that can go wrong in my opinion. It's so nice to not be driving an SUV anymore. So pleased and plan on keeping this for several years to come!

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    1. I find it so interesting that very few people keep a car for more than a few years. I don't understand how we can view cars as disposable.
      I am driving a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Still running strong.

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    2. Couldn't agree more. I still drive my old (2002) Lexus LX (the Lexus version of the Land Cruiser). Paid for, bullet proof so far, handles everything with aplomb, comfortable, and simple controls.

      I'm not wealthy enough to buy a new vehicle every few years and driving the latest and greatest doesn't hold much appeal anymore.

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    3. Also driving an "oldie". Our 2001 Jag Vanden Plas is lovely to drive. We bought it new. The blue book value is now $2300. Would not trade it for anything. Needs brakes every three years. 165,000 miles.

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    4. My theory is that there are two types of car owners. There are those who lease a new one every couple of years — and there's thems of us who keep 'em till the mechanic says it's getting really hard to find parts.

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    5. I don't know about other folks, but I drive new vehicles so that I'm never, ever, ever, ever in an empty parking garage at night waiting on AAA or a tow truck. Substitute side of the road for parking garage as well.

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    6. When my mechanic tells me that it is time to retire my 2001 740i, I may just park it in the drive as I love the looks of it.

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  8. We got a new Volvo too, but ours says "Subaru" on it.

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    1. Haha! Me, too! Nice car, Muffy. Love the Volvo as well but not enough to pay twice the price of my Forester. (Rather spend those dollars on a trip abroad.)

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    2. That was my first thought too.

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  9. Touchscreens are a deal-breaker for me. I realize I may be compelled eventually to go there because that's the only choice offered. But if so, I'll start driving antiques.

    They're dangerous because you can't operate them without taking your eyes off the road for several seconds — or a couple hundred feet in drive distance. I'd ban the things forever if I had the power to do so.

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    1. I have started looking at antiques myself. Don't want touch screens or cars that talk to me...
      I have become an automotive Luddite

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  10. Nice. Not my style, but nice.

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  11. I so miss my monkey vomit green 1976 Volvo 244DL.

    Best Regards,

    Heinz-Ulrich von B.

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  12. Just reaching 250,000 in my XC70. Halfway there.

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  13. The new style is more masculine, almost aggressive.

    Has it got 4 wheel drive? That's a must in deep snow and on ice plus a great help on the beach.

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    1. The substance - save salt - that does not slide on ice has yet to be discovered, or invented.

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    2. I don't know about that. I drove a Renault 16 for a few years that had studded snow tires. You could do pretty well with those but I understand they may not be generally available these days. Four-wheel drive is good in unplowed snow and plain old bad roads, not so hot on packed snow and ice, though. But the county has been doing a really good job clearing the roads around here the last few years, so it doesn't matter as much. I'm retired now anyway, so it doesn't matter at all.

      All of my four-wheeling was done in a 1965 short-wheelbase Land-Rover and I had lots of experiences, mostly good, driving in snow. But it was uninsulated and uncomfortably cold in the winter.

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    3. @ Anonymous (yet another commenter who will not add his/her name to a post) - 4WD cars, especially Land Rovers, have greater traction on snow and ice than 2WD cars, especially automatics. Just ask farmers, vets and country sportsmen.

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    4. Dottore... ask any country sportsman, vet (like Vietnam vet? Lots of ice in Indochina.), or farmer to put a four wheel drive vehicle on a frozen lake. It’ll slip and slide like toboggan. Studded tires do work. But they are outlawed since the ‘60’s everywhere I know of. They chew up the roads.

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    5. Poor old Anonymous thinks he's smart but his snarky attempts at humour are sad and tedious. No one is talking about farmers driving frozen lakes. It would be helpful if he/she could troll somewhere else rather than bore us to death with such inane nonsense.


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    6. The skill of the person behind the wheel is more important than the tires on the wheel. Driving on frozen lakes is commonly done in Minnesota, Land of Ten Thousand Lakes (and a hundred thousand Olsens), but why, I don't know.

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    7. I don't know of any station wagons with 4 wheel drive, only AWD.

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  14. I'm glad to see a return of the station wagon style vehicles - the cross-overs and SUV's are so common these days that a station wagon is a nice change.

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  15. A peril of all those electronics: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/09/13/stuck-cadillac-xlr-dead-battery/

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  16. I actually like the new XC quite a bit, even though I just purchased a CPO XC70. I think the seats are more comfortable in the new car, and the wider, more aggressive stance certainly has a bit more of a youthful appeal to it. It is also likely to improve handling and grip. Like others, I personally don't like the 100% touchscreen interface, and am also holding out to see how longevity with the new 4cyl engines fares. I do like it though. With a nice set of crossbars to amplify the sporty look, I think this is even something a single male could drive (can't quite say the same for my 70).

    I'm still not seeing these around that much. Lots of XC70's where I live, but I have only seen a couple of the new wagons. I was on the cape a week ago, which must be the XC70 capital outside of Sweden, and only saw one V90 during that time (compared to quite literally, hundreds of XC70s).

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  17. Beautiful car! I know you will enjoy it. I refuse to part with my 2018 Buick Lucerne, I work from home and it's got only 70,000 miles on it, still looks brand-new. To tow our Chaparral cruiser, we have a new F-150 Supercrew. Totally not a preppy car, but it hauls us, our dogs, stuff, and our boat nicely!
    A must for trips to the Home Depot, Christmas tree farm, and pumpkin patch. I've not been in a station wagon in years. The sight of them always encourages wonderful memories of fun family trips as a kid! --Holly in PA

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    1. I assume you mean your 2008 Buick Lucerne (not 2018), since Buick stopped making the Lucerne some years back. I drive a 2008 Lucerne with the 3.8 engine. Very good car. Comfortable, reliable, enough power, decent mileage, and not flashy. Actual buttons to control HVAC and radio; no screen. I've never understood the appeal of Volvos (or their pricing).

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  18. They are beautiful cars. I currently drive a 2002 S60 (168K) and a 2012 C30 R-Design (28K). I intend on adding a wagon soon to the mix. Volvo for life.

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    1. Ah, another C30 owner. Alas, my '08 is going to have to go on to someone else. Our Mogadishu-quality roads here have claimed yet another upper strut bearing and I'm on the 3rd (!) suspension at only 81,000 miles. Yes, that includes control arms, struts, mounts, hubs and all. Never should have sold the 240 Turbo.

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  19. Re: touchscreen. Was given a ride by a Proud Tesla Owner; beautiful car - glides & is whisper quiet. Design-wise the interior is wonderful. Exterior design attractive but car sits a little low for my taste (have gotten used to my SUV perch). The PTO was telling me about the software for the touchscreen. You know how your computer crashes sometimes? Ditto. She described how the gps has hiccups, need to assess traffic constantly during auto pilot, and yes, the touchscreen has tantrums. Overall pluses outweigh minuses, but PTO has named the touchscreen 'she-devil'.

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  20. I drive an 87 240 with 129,000 miles on the clock ... nothing new comes close. We have a guy in southern California Dave -- who goes by Wagonmeister restores them very reasonably. Can probably get one put together properly for under half the price of a new one. Also recently found a shop in Aurora IL called Auslander Volvo who is doing something similar. Quoted me $15k OBO for a restored 240 sedan with 32k original miles. Hard to believe, but could be true. Long story short, no need to get used to new ones.

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  21. I've become used to most of the new Volvo design scheme. The front end looks good, blessedly not too similar to Audi. However, the side/rear still feel as though Volvo has some lingering Ford influence. This isn't calumny by any intention, as I do not dislike many Fords. I do take some issue with Volvo's duplication of Subaru's longtime advertising campaign, but it's only marketing! Still looks like the rock-solid cars we've loved over the years.

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