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    Quote Originally Posted by Philster View Post
    Well, speaking of brands that I'm afraid of, I just read a glowing review of the Volvo T6 wagon in the WSJ. The last Volvo I owned was from the late '90's. I don't think it ever went a full week when everything worked. I swore that I'd never buy another.

    What say you?
    I say no. I was a loyalist from about 1994 - 2013. Referring to the corporate parent, the "Volvo Volvos" were solid but quirky with troublesome electronics, interior would fall apart, etc. Drivetrains were reliable and they were indeed objectively safer than almost anything on the road. The Ford-era Volvos fixed the electronics and the interior, improved the reliability, etc. Solid cars, styling became more mainstream. Undistinguished with a long product cycle, but a decent value. I still have a 2004 XC70 that gets used for bike race, kayak, snow duty and I like it. Current cars are just very generic, not great value, long product cycle (current models have either been around since 2007 or look inside and out like they have been), prices are higher than some of the improved and comparable domestic cars, performance is meh, not great fuel economy or performance. In terms of safety, pretty much everyone else has caught up and they've lost that as a calling card. There was talk last year of Volvo leaving the American market. Soooo........overall I would say no. Many better cars out there at the same price point these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philster View Post
    Well, speaking of brands that I'm afraid of, I just read a glowing review of the Volvo T6 wagon in the WSJ. The last Volvo I owned was from the late '90's. I don't think it ever went a full week when everything worked. I swore that I'd never buy another.

    What say you?
    I'm still enjoying my 2011 V50, which has the T5 motor and sporty-but-useless R-design aesthetics. It's been problem-free over the last 35k miles, still infancy in Volvoland I know. I'm only disappointed when I try to drive it like a BMW (the suspension can't really handle spirited cornering, which I knew going in) or when I try to fit more than two adults and a baby seat (which makes me wish I'd gotten the XC70). The seats are the most comfortable of any car I've spent a lot of time in. My wife and I just test drove a 2015.5 XC70 with the new 4-cylinder and FWD; no plans to buy anything soon, but I liked the size and comfort for a family hauler.

    FWIW, I think that WSJ review of the V60 is pretty superficial. The Jalopnik review is more substantive and constructively critical. While I haven't driven the V60 myself, I will say that it's far more luxurious than my V50. For that kind of money and how I imagine it drives, I'd personally rather have a 3-series wagon.
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    My parents are taking delivery of a V60 this week or next, so I'll get some wheel time and can report back.
     

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    i just did something very irrational...

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    Quote Originally Posted by funcrusher View Post
    i just did something very irrational...

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    Is that an Exx AMG Wagon? I saw one on the road the other day - wow. I'm not a normal MB fan, but that I think I'd settle for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon White View Post
    Is that an Exx AMG Wagon? I saw one on the road the other day - wow. I'm not a normal MB fan, but that I think I'd settle for that.
    yes indeed...hopefully have it by spring
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by funcrusher View Post
    i just did something very irrational...

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    I spent an hour drooling over one of those this weekend. Damn.
     

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    Well played. There was one for sale locally we were seriously considering. Hot wagon woo hoo
    Quote Originally Posted by funcrusher View Post
    i just did something very irrational...

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    Quote Originally Posted by funcrusher View Post
    i just did something very irrational...

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    that is super badass and 100% rational. MB is making the best muscle cars on the planet right now. jealous!
     

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    Basically my favorite automobile I could actually own at some point. Been drooling over them for years.
     

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    Wagons rule.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by maunahaole View Post
    Wagons rule.
    dude, trade in the roady for one of these or a ctsv!
     

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    Don't I wish. I drive the car about 4 miles a day. To take the dogs to the park. They like their spacious cargo area.

    Maybe an LS7 for the Roady.
     

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    We could do that in a weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maunahaole View Post
    Don't I wish. I drive the car about 4 miles a day. To take the dogs to the park. They like their spacious cargo area.

    Maybe an LS7 for the Roady.

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    I'd probably need a new posi as well. Among other things.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by funcrusher View Post
    i just did something very irrational...

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    you're my hero.
    Insubordinate. And Churlish.

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    Found myself behind a lady in a C63 AMG wagon the other week. She pulled away in a very controlled manner but still--that rumble.
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    The sedan version is what lock-step, white rs6 tech guys and gals should get. Equal parts street and work cred.
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    Downside is no trailer hitch so I'm gonna have to ditch the 1up

    What are the best roof racks to get? The whispbar looks the slickest
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by funcrusher View Post
    Downside is no trailer hitch so I'm gonna have to ditch the 1up

    What are the best roof racks to get? The whispbar looks the slickest
    Consider a custom made hitch. Look around, there are fab shops that can do this.

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