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Old 07-24-2008, 04:24 PM
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Mechanics wife wants a newer car for satus symbol

So I have a great mechanic who only works on Volvos. Him and his wife have driven Volvos for ever. His wife is a school teacher. They currently have a couple of 240s a 1993 940 turbo wagon which she drives and he has a 1985 740 sedan. They have had both for about ten years.

She has been mentioning to him that she wants a new car, while hers has 260,000 miles it has been very well maintained. He of course said he saw no reason for it etc. She dropped by the shop yesterday, as I was just taking my newest Volvo off the rack to see what it would be needing.

We talked for a few moments and she surprised me when she said that she was tired of having the oldest car in the lot. She knows that the newest Volvos are not very good and she has one of the last good ones. I gave her my opinion and she seemed to agree.

Its funny all of my cars are old but I don't have any shame driving them anywhere.

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Old 07-24-2008, 04:42 PM
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I don't think it is so much of a shame issue as wanting something newer. Is my E class working fine? Yes. Would I want to move up to a newer car with the bells and whistles? You bet. As soon as I can justify it, I will.
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Old 07-24-2008, 05:04 PM
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Is my E class working fine? Yes. Would I want to move up to a newer car with the bells and whistles? You bet. As soon as I can justify it, I will.
And you can sell me the E Class.

My wife and I have been struggling with this. Her 97 Saab needed the usual stuff at 150K -- struts, brakes, some other steering & suspension stuff, exhaust, etc... and it has a few little quirks (fuel gauge and tach intermittent). We thought about buying a newer used car, but there's so little out there that will get better mileage than Bob the Saab does that I bit the bullet and threw a few hundred bucks at it and fixed what I could. The tach and fuel gauge are still goofy, but we can live with them. I fixed everything else myself (and then paid for an alignment); I spent a car payment or two on parts, so the way I see it we're still ahead as long as Bob keeps running as well as he has been. Granted, I spent SEVERAL hours of labor doing the work, but I feel a sense of accomplishment and savings in doing it this way. Besides, if/when we find another car to replace Bob (Aklim's E Class maybe? ), the Saab will be worth something again. He would have been hard to sell w/o fixing the exhaust and brakes, and probably the suspension too.
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:08 PM
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I have had so many new cars in my life, and you know what,,,, I just don't care any more. That my newest car is 13 years old is just fine with me and my wife loves her 93 400E. If I had put the money I had spent on new cars, into a good fund, I would be retired now. I have no regrets, but I certainly don't really even look at new cars any more.
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:16 PM
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Nor do I. If the age of a vehicle is the criteria for lack of shame I am certainly the boldest among us.

How often does one get out-accelerated from a car made in 1925?
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:22 PM
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Chris,

At least you wife enjoys older euro cars!

I don't know what I would do with myself if my girlfriend told me she wanted a Saab, Volvo, etc.

Her opinion on my Benz was "as long as you're happy, that's all that matters"

And, I'll never own a wagon as long as she is around!
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Old 07-24-2008, 10:02 PM
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Nor do I. If the age of a vehicle is the criteria for lack of shame I am certainly the boldest among us.

How often does one get out-accelerated from a car made in 1925?
You have some from 1925 that will out-accelerate my Corolla?
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I take pride in the fact that 99.9% of the time I am driving the oldest car in the parking lot (1985 300TDT)
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:38 AM
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So I have a great mechanic who only works on Volvos. Him and his wife have driven Volvos for ever. His wife is a school teacher. They currently have a couple of 240s a 1993 940 turbo wagon which she drives and he has a 1985 740 sedan. They have had both for about ten years.

She has been mentioning to him that she wants a new car, while hers has 260,000 miles it has been very well maintained. He of course said he saw no reason for it etc. She dropped by the shop yesterday, as I was just taking my newest Volvo off the rack to see what it would be needing.

We talked for a few moments and she surprised me when she said that she was tired of having the oldest car in the lot. She knows that the newest Volvos are not very good and she has one of the last good ones. I gave her my opinion and she seemed to agree.

Its funny all of my cars are old but I don't have any shame driving them anywhere.
I really couldn't care less about what I'm driving, in fact my plan is to sell my TJ and get something older and pre-emissions unless I find a deal I can't refuse. While my wife has never said anything about caring what she drives I will probably always keep her in something nice and newer for hauling the kids around. We live in a fairly well-off neighborhood and there are plenty of too expensive cars in line waiting to pick up their kids. I have no intention of trying to "keep up" but OTOH I'd like her to like what she's driving. She may not even have a problem pulling up in a sun-faded, rust-spotted old TD (as long as the AC worked), but I'd just rather keep her in something more up to date, unless I can find a mint '87 TD for the right price.
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I take pride in the fact that 99.9% of the time I am driving the oldest car in the parking lot (1985 300TDT)
Me too. I love it when I tell people (driving newer cars) that my car is nearly 20 years old.

The overwhelming reaction is: WOW...it looks new!!!
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:38 AM
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I take pride in the fact that 99.9% of the time I am driving the oldest car in the parking lot (1985 300TDT)
Dunno. That never affected me one way or the other. I do my best to keep rust off the car because I don't want it to get worse. I detail it a few times a year to get it clean. Yes, some have said that the 99 looks new but it doesn't do much for me. Like I said, I would get a newer car not for the looks or that others admire it but because there are bells and whistles that I like.
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:41 AM
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And you can sell me the E Class.
Perhaps when we are ready to sell. While it lives in WI, I do everything I can to keep it clean. Weekly washes when there is salt on the ground at least if I am busy. Summer fixes for any spot of rust, detailing jobs, etc, etc.
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:55 AM
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Me too. I love it when I tell people (driving newer cars) that my car is nearly 20 years old.

The overwhelming reaction is: WOW...it looks new!!!
X dos! I like the older ones and better yet- HAVING THE TITLE.
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Old 07-25-2008, 12:00 PM
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X dos! I like the older ones and better yet- HAVING THE TITLE.
Older WOMEN, yes. Young GIRLS, no. 25 yo hottie is great for a night in the sack. Maybe 2. After that, I would think it gets irritating. Cars are different for me. Newer cars have more refinement and more gizmos. With women, they have the same parts. Some are newer than others. With women, I would rather have a 40 - 50 yo than a 20 yo. With cars, I like the gizmos. Newer cars have GPS navigation, voice command, etc, etc.
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Old 07-25-2008, 12:08 PM
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Older WOMEN, yes. Young GIRLS, no. 25 yo hottie is great for a night in the sack. Maybe 2. After that, I would think it gets irritating. Cars are different for me. Newer cars have more refinement and more gizmos. With women, they have the same parts. Some are newer than others. With women, I would rather have a 40 - 50 yo than a 20 yo. With cars, I like the gizmos. Newer cars have GPS navigation, voice command, etc, etc.
Ak- if you want voice navigation and being told where to go just put your wife in the car!

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