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money's tight so Volvo or Mercedes?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by roversd1, Apr 18, 2005.

  1. roversd1

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    Moneys tight and its service time for the 1984 Merc 500SEC - it needs 4 new tyres, tax and the service (new plugs points etc). Oh, and its now rusting away merrily (it is 21 years old afterall).

    For the same money I could have a 1993 Volvo 850 GLT 2.0 10v with full service history, 3 months tax, 9 months MOT.

    I never spend much on cars and the Volvo will stand me for the next year or so.

    Both cars get excellent reviews and are well known for going 250,000m + with no major component failure.

    Hmmmmmm?
     
  2. MartinImber

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    Go for the RWD car!
     
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    That's probably why your Merc's rusting away................. :mad:
     
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    Is that a five cylinder engine with two valves per pot?
     
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    Quick check on the net and it seems to be.

    Why not get a Rover ? :D
     
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    Have you had a test drive? Go Demo! :thumbsup:

    P.S. If you do buy the Volvo, PLEASE don't drive as badly as the average Volvo owner. :smashin:
     
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    test drove it and the clutch either requirs adjusting or replacing. its an 850 5 cylinder 20 valve.

    I think Volvo drivers go so slow cos the cars are so underpowered (except the turbo versions)

    And Beobloke: shut up fool! ;)
     
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    Nah, it's because the front seats are big and comfy like a Lazy-Boy and they're half-asleep. :D
     
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    If you go Volvo you will need to dig out your Abba cassettes or 8 track cartidges :)
     
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    And buy a labrador/shooting stick!
     
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    My Toyota corolla is about the same age and still going strong ,mind you due to rust probably only has another years life. Minbd you l only spent £200 on it 4 years ago so cant grumble.
     
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    A toyota crayon never had the prestige of a Mercedes 500SEC - it wouldnt even pass its hairy chest exams...
     
  13. la gran siete

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    Prestige ????? MATTERS NOT A DAMN! Getting from A to B in one piece does . Go toyota Go! Brilliant cars
     
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    Mercs Audis BMWs and Porches are all overated . Id take Jap over them any time.
     
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    If you have the money, go for a toyota prius, it looks the business and new models return 60mpg, so you save a lot on fuel and road tax.

    Or alternatively go for a Honda Accord, as good as equivilent bmw, fantastic cars, and the vtec engine is second to none.
     
  16. la gran siete

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    I am working up to it :D
     
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    A neighbour has one and it is extremely impressive but he has been concerned that it doesn't feel anything like as solid as its "normal" Toyota relatives. I understand it costs a fortune to build so I suspect they may be cutting costs on trim.
     
  18. la gran siete

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    60mpg like the sound of that. I'll buy one in ten years time if its still going
     
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    Love to know what people mean by trim. Customer of mine whio runs a software company told me his employees had turned down a Skoda Octavia due to its lack of trim??? I said if it were up to me I'd buy them each a Trabant and would've told them to shut up and be grateful
     
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    or there's a Suzuki Alto that has a combined fuel figure of 57mpg.

    Its only £5,000 on the road plus a free paper bag to put on ones head when driving.

    My Merc has ABS, crumple zones, internal roll cage, aluminium boot, bonnet, rear suspension arms, bet your Toy otter hasnt got anything like that for its 4p purchase price.
     
  21. la gran siete

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    incidentally whats so prestigious about a Volvo? Thought they were designed for Doctors.
     
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    People can walk away from Volvo crashes, not rusty Toymotor crashes.
     
  23. la gran siete

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    doesnt need all that rubbish m8 its a down to earth vehicle designed to get yours truly from here to there.Mind you I love parkimg it nextb to " prestige" vehicles specially if I've got load of garden rubbish on board :devil: Then stand back and watch "prestige" vehicle owners wrinkle their noses.
     
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    Not for the first time, I'm glad it isn't.
     
  25. la gran siete

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    true but how is that related to prestige. Drive one of those and peole will think your superannuated :eek:
     
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    Didn't you pass your driving test?
     
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    wait unitil something hits your car, especially if its an NCAP five start rated Renult or a new Land Rover Discovery, you'll then wish you had something a little larger.
     
  28. la gran siete

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    Volvos= zimmer frames. maybe you should get a scooter
     
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    In my opinion Suvs should be banned anyway.Bloody things are a menace and were only designed for country lanes anyway not cities . Why morons drive there is beyond me.
     
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    What happened to those other Mercs you were considering?

    The 850 seems a pretty solid bet - better looking than its predeccessors which were monumentally boxy.

    If your're serious about your performance why not try tracking down an 850 T5 - especially in estate form. Volvo used to run one in the BTCC series. Worlds fast antique dealer's car :D

    With either car you could still be buying a money pit. I guess the Volvo is possibly a smaller money pit than a V8 engined Merc, which if the bodywork is as bad as you say, may probably be worth less than the new components you are thinking of fitting to it. hardest decision ion the world - do you go with the devil you know (which is still costing you money) or go for something else that will still cost you money.

    Unless you're pretty sure the Merc is gonna last another year or so I'd go Volvo. You never know what might fall off the Merc next.

    Chris
     

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