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Why do you (still) drive a P80?

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Why do you (still) drive a P80 Volvo?

I like them because they are somewhat cheap to own and operate.
I like them because I like cars from the 90ies.
I just can't afford a new car.
I like the challenge of wrenching on cars.
They make sense from a specific financial point of view (tax deduction, low insurance costs, ...).
I like longevity.
I think operating vehicles long is environmentally friendly and saves resources.
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Re: Why do you (still) drive a P80?

Post by smoggyama » Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:38 am

Why? Because it's f****n' bitchen. It is solid, the right size (855T), comfortable (new leather), fast enough, after-market parts abound, the Volvo community shares all the helpful information one could possibly imagine, they're easy to work on, logically designed, low key, and not unnecessarily complicated or over engineered to their own detrement like my GF's BMW. This is a vehicle of a higher order. Currently a Subaru Outback is the only comparable. I would like to see the electric Volvo.
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Re: Why do you (still) drive a P80?

Post by abscate » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:52 am

The quality of DIY for Volvo is unmatched. I think it has to do with the low wanker factor of Volvo drivers.
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Re: Why do you (still) drive a P80?

Post by bill d cat » Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:10 am

It fits me like an old pair of blue jeans.

(Maybe a pair that's a little too worn now, but it's still comfortable. My wife has been at the "Oh god" stage for a couple of years, but unlike the blue jeans, it's too big for her to discretely sneak it into the trash.)
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