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post #31 of 95 (permalink) Old 07-09-2005, 11:35 PM
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Both Volvo and Mercedes are very safe cars -- designed to be that way.

I pick Mercedes because I have other criterion after safety -- like fun to drive, features, and (at least the appearance of) quality.

If you are just measuring autos on safety -- go cheap and pick the Volvo.

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I have owned both makes for years(1982-present), The newest Volvo I've ever owned was a 1986 740 wagon. Sure it was a safe car, but the thing was put together with such crap materials. The interior just decomposed as did the tail lights, gas tank door etc. The best quality Volvo's stopped in like 1979 or 1980. When compared to my Mercedes cars,first a 1977 450SEL, 1985 380SE, now a 1992 400E, there is just now comparison. The Mercedes is built to last with out cutting corners. I would not purchase a newer Mercedes especially after the 140 or 124 platforms as quality has sadly left MB.
I spent a few hours today at salvage yard and saw a 124 that looked like it had been rearended by a semi. The bumper was literally mashed all the way in to where the rear windshield started on the passenger side. The glass was intact, the passenger cabin was not bent at all, the rear passenger door even opened and closed as new. There you have it. All that safety and good quality as well. I will drive this 124 until they plant me. My other car is a 1987 Saab 900SPG.
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Owning both Volvo and MB, I would have to say they are today pretty much comparable... Though MB has pioneered more safety technology and focused more of their marketing on their luxury appeal, volvo pioneered many items as well (though not as many) and focused more on their safety culture.

I would feel safe in either.

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I bought my ML because it was rated one of the safest SUV's on road. If I had known about the problems I'd be facing I would've picked a Volvo.

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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.
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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..


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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.
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I am replacing '98 V70 and 2002 Jetta GLS wagons which were driven by son and daughter respectively . both are living in car-unfriendly cities (Manhattan and Providence). My replacement hauler will be either a new V70 MT or a V70R MT depending on the deals available in the spring. The R has been selling new for $37,000 at the best local dealer, while the FWD V70 goes out the door around $31,000. for $6,000 you get AWD, Brembos, active suspension and 132 more ponies. Tough decision. Oh, and no BS from MB!
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Volvo Sucks, 'caus it isnt German...........

and Mercedes Benz AG RULES BECAUSE they'r German...!!!

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