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I've always said that if I couldn't drive a Saab I'd have a Volvo. I've had a number of Volvos over the years and liked all of them. My favorite was an 850 Turbo wagon. But none of them have ever been a cheap date when it came to maintenance and repairs, even going back to the 240. And I've heard more than a few horror stories on new Volvos but your results may vary. In two weeks you're looking at a 4 year old car. I've always considered that the worst of all worlds--payments AND maintenance/repairs. I ran into that with the used Subaru I owned. But there is a different way of looking at cars, I doubt you'll do it but I'll throw it out there any way. I lease a new Honda CRV which is very similar to the car you looking at. Because they have such good resale they are very cheap to lease. I spend $230 a month for a loaded one (including leather). That's $2760 a year--you could spend that rebuilding a transmission and still not have a car you want to take on a long trip. Is it the cheapest way? No, but what I get for my money is cheap, easy breezy, no worries driving. And that's worth something to me. I get 30 mpg around town, oil changes are $22 at the dealer and they wash it and give me free coffee and donuts. After three years I can just get another new one (or I suppose I could buy it and drive it 200K). Up top of that it's one of the nicest cars I've ever owned. It has everything I ever heard about having on a car and some things I've never imagined. It has a sweet, torquey 1.5 liter turbo four (with that turbo sound I so love) and handling is light and nimble. 0-60 is 7.5 and it pulls .80 on the skid pad--that was an A6 or 5 series a few years ago. We drove a new XC90 when they first came out and I was disappointed by how much hard plastic there was in the interior. Sure didn't seem like a nearly $50K car. Fit, finish and materials on my Honda are a notch better. When the lease is up I want a plug in hydrid, and in anther 3 years I'm going all electric. It's kind of like dating instead of being married--I like something different on a regular basis. Anyway good luck in your search, I hope you find what you're looking for.
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