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red_dwarfers wrote:I've I bought a Volvo, it would have to be a 960 Estate with a tweed jacket hooked up in the back along with an air rifle in the boot :lol:
Haha perfection! Two labradors for behind the dog guard as well.

Jim - Come on! There are far worse cars around!!

I agree though, the new generation of Volvos aren't "Volvo" enough

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Plus that rain sensor area is filled with all sorts of cameras and detectors that are taking over the role of driving :twisted:

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I rather like the look of the 480ES 8-)

I have the two dogs, just need the Volvo barge and tweed jacket :lol:

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Citroenmad wrote:I rather like the look of the 480ES 8-)
I was just looking at these! I want one!

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Volvos are very safe cars, though I do wonder how many idiots are driving these new Volvos, Mercs etc with the self braking feature and relying on the car to brake rather than do it themselves. Hopefully a passenger wont find the off button.

The 480 is getting a rare thing now Luke, shame their interiors let them down but for styling they are very distinctive. I visit the classic car show at the NEC every year, there is always a few stunning examples there, one year there was a cabrio version too.

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R9UKE wrote: Jim - Come on! There are far worse cars around!!
Yes, I was being devilish in my comments and not being serious at all :lol: Indeed there are many, many far worse cars around. I don't care for their styling though, especially in the 7 series. Too American for my tastes.
R9UKE wrote:I agree though, the new generation of Volvos aren't "Volvo" enough


Are they still just rebadged Fraud Mundaneos? That new one you have posted a picture of looks like any other 2010s Euro-box. Bland and vile... I'm sure the actual workings of it are fine though...

I've owned two Volvos. One was a proper one, a 1967 144 and that was a great workhorse. I owned that on in Cyprus. The other was during a time of desperate poverty when I ran a Volvo (Daf) 340 with a Renault 1.4 engine. That was the car that stranded me when the propshaft ate its splines :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

The 340 could have been a good car. I believe the 360 was a lot better in many important respects. Their looks were quite agreeable too. I guess they weren't designed by the regular ruler-wielding Volvo designers responsible for the 7 series :lol:

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robert_e_smart wrote:http://belfast.gumtree.com/belfast/56/75456356.html

The Ultimate Volvo Estate :lol: :lol: 8-)
There are two stretch Volvos like these running around the town as family cars.

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They don't fit too well in supermarkets mind. :roll:

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Citroenmad wrote:I rather like the look of the 480ES 8-)
Yes, that was a lovely car... Got to agree there...

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CitroJim wrote:
Citroenmad wrote:I rather like the look of the 480ES 8-)
Yes, that was a lovely car... Got to agree there...
A disaster with the electrics though.

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myglaren wrote:
CitroJim wrote:
Citroenmad wrote:I rather like the look of the 480ES 8-)
Yes, that was a lovely car... Got to agree there...
A disaster with the electrics though.
I once saw one by the side of a country road on fire, that did put me off liking them a little :shock:

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Robert your fascination with funeral transport worries me!

And Chris??? Seriously!? What kind of sick person overlooks an Espace or Picasso (as bad as they both are) for a death march Volvo? That's hilarious, I'd love to meet these people :)

The interior of the 480 is a good reminder that despite being in a cool flip-up-headlighted coupe, you're still in a Volvo!

Jim, I will agree, the 340 wasn't Volvo's finest moment. I remember one of my neighbours had a blue one with blue seats and a blue dashboard. They all had a really distinct smell in them though, I used to love it.

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Citroenmad wrote: I once saw one by the side of a country road on fire, that did put me off liking them a little :shock:
Shouldn't have Chris, that was a very special and thoughtful safety-inspired design feature. The fire was intended to keep you warm and cosy whilst awaiting breakdown recovery...

This is why they always caught fire every time they broke down - nothing to do with dodgy electrics at all...

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In general I like Volvos but that Mondeo S70 looks rubbish.
Apart from S80s the Volver should be at least square-ish - an 850 is a perfect example.

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R9UKE wrote:And Chris??? Seriously!? What kind of sick person overlooks an Espace or Picasso (as bad as they both are) for a death march Volvo? That's hilarious, I'd love to meet these people :)
Indeedy!

Apparently she is has a few kids and wanted something unusual and not an MPV. I think she is into bikes, maybe a bit of a rock and roll person at heart!

The guy/trader who sold it thought it was such a good buy and he sold it so quickly that he went out and bought another one. In fact I drove him the 70 miles to collect it :lol: That one soon sold too, I couldnt believe it. One of his many odd cars which have sold, most are dust gathers which sit in the showroom for years :lol:

The S80 is still my favourite Volvo, I wouldnt mind one of those at some point. The original, not the current soft version.

Ah, that is a nice homely feature Jim, quite thoughtful of Volvo to design that in such a cunningly effective way. It also saves on repair costs too!

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I'll back track on my earlier Volvo pushing earlier Luke.

Buy this instead!

http://www.gumtree.com/p/cars-vans-moto ... s/81119201

C5 V6 Auto estate - aint cheap though. A Citroen as well, your favourite :lol: :lol: