Rolls on and on and on...
After having reluctantly to part with my MoPars, I needed a car better equipped for long rides: comparatively fast (not that I need to win any Grand Prix, but still there were times I really needed to keep an average highway speed above 150 kph / 95 mph for some time; neither of my MoPars could do that; actually, my venerable RamCharger top and very uncomfortable speed was somewhere round 130 kph). Not a small car of course: no way I would ever try to put up with the dwarf space inside those strange minute things which are considered cars in Europe! I insisted on no backache after hours and hours on road. And of course, the more safe and realiable, the better.
Such conditions leave a pretty thin selection in the middle of Europe: a few american rigs – but alas at the moment there were none appropriate to my needs –, some nice British cars – which I could not afford at the moment –, and that was about all. Well, not quite all: there's Volvo 760.
Although I have no special love for the socialists at the north, fair is fair: those cars are just great. There is no other car as safe in case of an accident (and here I indeed mean no other, including those big American rigs). They are comfortable and spacious: can you store a bike in the luggage space of your sedan? I can.
There's a venerable and reasonably powerful V... alas, not V8, as it should be in a decent car, but just V6 ... under the bonnet. Also, it's a very little engine at only 2.8 litre! But it works well, and gives the big sedan a very acceptable ability.
Been thoroughly overwhelmed by the ride and comfort a Volvo 760 can give, I've bought two of them
and have no intention on the world to part with them. Lately though, I began to worry somehow they could possibly part with me: after all, whatever tough and great car she is, she is not in fact a big rugged truck like RamCharger was... and last time in the garages they told me some parts are beginning to become irrepairable, and what's worse, can't be ordered anymore...
Well, still, I am trying to repair them and keep them roll on (which is exactly what Volvo means). Though, to have some back-up, to support better the heaps of snow which tend to be here at winter (Volvo is a rear-drive, without limited-slip or traction-control or anything like that, and with a light rear end), and last-but-not-least also to make one of my very old dreams come true, I've bought another car. One I've always wanted: a true limey luxury car with polished wood in the interior, at the same time, one which can go through any terrain and ride circles around anything this side of a Hummer (meant H1 of course: whilst I kind of like Chevys myself, none of them is Hummer, which applies for so-called H2 too. The H3 toy's not worth speaking of): a Range Rover.