Wife issued an ultimatum: Selling Volvo today (probably)

So as I've written about before, I've replaced my beloved 1990 Volvo 760 turbo wagon with a 2003 Mazda6 S V6 sedan, because I needed something newer, safer, less persnickety, and my lovely wife had to approve of it because it would be our first major purchase together as a married couple (our house was owned and paid… » 4/13/15 8:57am Monday 8:57am

1986 Volvo 740 GLE Review - The Search for Oppositelock Gold

Disclaimer: Volvo wanted me to drive this pristine 1986 Volvo 740 GLE (And yes, the GLE is important) so badly that they built this solid paragon of Swedishness in 1986, sold it to some folks who sold it to others, who sold it to my friend Cullen's friend Sam, who sold it to my friend Greg, who sold it to someone… » 4/04/15 8:42pm 4/04/15 8:42pm

NPoCP: My Volvo wagon edition: I lowered the price.

Thanks for all the feedback yesterday. I took your advice and I lowered the price a bit on the Volvo, and depending on local responses I may consider dropping it some more. I've already had offers in the high teens, so I'm holding out for something closer to what I had in mind. I still need to pore through the service… » 4/02/15 10:00am 4/02/15 10:00am

New York International Auto Show Day One: #Blessed To Be At #NYIAS

When I was just a wee lad growing up in the green mountains of Vermont there was a car show that took place every June just 20 minutes from home. It was a pretty good size show and featured everything from a Model T to a hot rodded hearse. Even then I felt very lucky to have been exposed to what I thought was a very… » 4/02/15 10:00am 4/02/15 10:00am

1993 Volvo 940 Wagon: The Oppo Review

Disclaimer: Volvo wanted me to drive this car so badly that they sold it to somebody, who sold it to someone else, maybe? (I seriously don't know how many owners it has had...) who sold it to my friend Eugene who drove it for six years and then posted it on Turbobricks for $900 including a carload of extra parts, and… » 3/30/15 1:23pm 3/30/15 1:23pm

2000 Volvo V70R: The OppositeLock Review

Getting to meet your hero. It is something that we all dream of doing. However, most everyone knows that it very rarely works out for the best. So was my case with one of my automotive dream heroes, the Volvo V70R. I began lusting for one after seeing a beautiful example come for sale near me when I first started… » 3/30/15 11:02am 3/30/15 11:02am

1996 Volvo 850R Wagon: The OppositeLock Review

Nearly a year ago, I impulse-bought a rather forlorn Volvo 850 R station wagon. With undiagnosed engine-electrical issues, and fairly scruffy cosmetics, it was on the edge of being a basket case. I didn't even have much of an idea of what it was, but it was for sale locally, and I was looking for a cheap beater, so I… » 3/17/15 6:50pm 3/17/15 6:50pm