is the story, of my Best Car Ever!
My Volvo adventure started when I was 6 years old, eh, in fact it
started some years before that, but too small to remember...
In 1981 my dad bought the family a brand new off-white Volvo 240 DL
Wagon. A premium car.. He had that one until I got 16, then he planned
to sell it, but he thought I should have a safe and good car when I got
my license, so the 240 entered the garage until I got 17. Then I could
start the driving practice with my folks. Then I got my license at my
18th birthday, and a wonderful Volvo 240 Wagon. I was the King of the
Road, The World... You name it! It was still good looking, fresh paint,
no scratches, no nothing! This one gave me some adventures I won’t
forget, and a lot of experience I'd never thought I ever get... Like
that night I got hit on my left front wheel by a Nissan Primera at about
60 km/h, and my God what a
tank I had. The repair on my car ended up costing me 16.000 NOK
(US$2100), but for the Nissan owner, 90.000 NOK!!! (US$12.000) He swore
that he would never buy another Nissan again. (I guessed he went to the
Volvo dealer.. Hihi) So after two
years of adventures, it was time for me to join the Norwegian Royal
Guard, and I did sell my first love. It wasn't easy, but had to be
Since then I had a couple of other cars, but the long looks I gave to
the Volvos I saw just said, GET YOURSELF A VOLVO! It took some years,
but better late than never!
In the beginning of 2003 I felt the need for a car, I'm sorry, a Volvo.
So I swept the internet and the markets... I knew what I wanted. V70.
I'd always like the wagons.. Don't know why, but I just like them.
Plenty of space, practical and I think they look good! Found out in May
that a friend I knew was about to sell her V70. So I took a look at it,
and there it was. My next love! 2000
model, V70 Van, Leather interior, ECC, Cruise, automatic, power windows
all over, aluminium dashboard details, fuel powered engine heater... All
I need! All I want!
Van you might ask? Well... From a couple of years ago, we could register
wagons as vans, with green plates, other cars have white plates, and
take out the back seats, set up a screen/wall behind the front seats,
and get the car a lot cheaper than a 5 seated wagon. So cars like Audi
A6, Volvo V70, Audi S4/S6/RS4, Subaru Outback/Legacy/Forester, Opel
Omega, Mercedes E Class, would be a lot cheaper. But still expensive
compared to other countries.
In 2000, a V70 costs from approx. 450.000 NOK and up. (US$60.000) A V70
Van (2 seater) would cost around 320.000 NOK (US$42.000). With the
engine that I have in my V70 (2,4 - 140 HP) The prices haven't changed
that much since... But we can't register wagons as vans anymore. :o(
So in June this summer, my dreams came true! 170.000 NOK (US$22.500) I
paid for it, and I am very satisfied with that! Lots of car for that
money! As you might
understand, I haven't used my V70 that much yet, but so much that I can
say I never regretted that I bought this one. I was told at the sale
that the car had a roll over out in the forest one time, but the repair
was very well done, and wasn't a lie! The local Volvo dealer had a look
at it, and asked me what I paid for it, and said "You got yourself
a good deal !" when I told him the price I paid. But I have driven
10.000 km with it in 3 months! And
I just love too drive it... So more kms to come !
Planning a trip down in Europe next year maybe. Do Denmark, Germany,
Austria, Italy, France, Spain and England.. That will eat up some
kilometres ! Something tells me to put on some "17 rims next year,
and lower it a couple of centimeters... I won't deny that ! IT will be
done... Pics will follow. :o)