CDIGUY - 10/20/2005 12:47 PM
67_250SE - 10/20/2005 9:42 AM
I bought a Volvo V70 for my youngest daughter. I also bought a Benz C320 wagon for my oldest daughter.
My youngest girl wanted a wagon to haul her sports and surf equipment so the bigger Volvo V70 wagon was perfect. The E series wagon would have fit the bill size-wise, but that is too fancy of a car for a high school kid! Hell, my first car was a beat-up POS Olds Super Delta 98 that looked like crap but could haul ass and beat all the little Datsuns in school. [}:)].
The V70 is a very nice wagon and it is very nicely put together. We have owned Volvos in the past and this one is better put togetehr than the other ones. I don't like the fact that it is FWD, but if she goes to college in the East or Northeast, then FWD will come in handy.
My oldest wanted a wagon for different reasons, so the smaller C320 wagon was perfect. She goes to college in an urban area and the C320 is perfect for that.
The C320 is faster and handles almost like a sports car, so the fun quotient is higher. The V70, however, is a serious hauler and it is all-business, so it is the better all-around choice.
Volvo or Merc, both are good choices, it just depends what you are looking for in a car.
I had a 2001 V70, and my wife loved it... I liked it, but hated the FWD, torque steer, and buzz of the 5-pot 2.4T engine.
That said, it was well made for the most part, and for $37500 a great deal.
You have a couple of spoiled girls with those nice cars.. new or used?
I guess when you consider the added safety of the cars, it's worth spoiling our kids..
My kids are spoiled, especially the girls. Wait until the boy starts driving. I am not spoiling him! He'll probably get the same junk Olds that I drove back in high school. He is a boy, it makes them tougher!!! [:)]
But all kidding aside, safety was my main concern when the girls started driving. It is scary enough to hand the car keys to a 16 year old kid that just the other day was strill drinking formula out of a bottle.
My wife and I know other families who have lost children because they were riding in, or driving in cheap, unsafe cars. I am lucky that my kids can appreciate good, safe (and "boring") cars like Volvos or Benzes. In our street there are a number of teens driving tricked out Japanese cars or souped up American cars. They would never even consider a Volvo or a Benz. But any minute now they are going to get into a driving situation and their cars won't keep them safe.
My daughter's V70 does not have much torque steer. I bought her the one with the regular engine and that may be the reason why it has little torque steer. It does buzz around quite a bit, but on the other hand it gets great gas mileage (for a heavy car) and we can alternate between regular and premium gas. In Az gas prices are probably still not as big of an issue as they are in So. Cal., so any money we save in gas is OK by me. I regularly visit Santa Fe, NM and as I drive through Az and NM I am simnply shocked at the difference in gas prices between your place and So. Cal. Last summer gas prices in Flagstaff, for example, were $0.20 lower than in California. Ouch!
Both wagons were low-mileage Factory Certified (Volvo and Benz) cars and both are still under warranty. I like to spoil my kids, but I just can't imagine giving them brand new luxury cars as their first cars.