If I’m not driving a pickup truck, I like station wagons and hatchbacks. I can’t seem to find anything I like more than my recently deceased Volvo, but I’m worried I have some kind of Stockholm Syndrome (pun intended). Is there anything that is as comfortable to drive but less expensive to buy/maintain/repair?
Here’s some more info–
I bought a used 2004 XC70 a little over a year ago with 140k on the odometer. It was the most money I’d ever spent on a car, but people were regularly surprised at how little I actually paid for such a nice looking car. Since then I put over 25k on it and, while it has needed some expensive repairs along the way (I told myself it was the roll of the dice on a high mileage used car) and ultimately suffered catastrophic engine failure when the timing belt snapped going 80mph (a mech assured me it had been replaced already, doh!), I can’t help but just want to find another 2004 XC70 to replace it. When I think about why that is, I guess it is the seats are so comfortable, it is very safe and quiet, the interior trim and dash are aesthetically appealing and well-designed controls. Things I dislike-- heavy and not the most responsive accelerating, the awd works well but it is a compromise (not really usable off-road without excessive wear or damage occurring, kinda boatlike handling on the pavement), the average of 20-22mpgs is not that impressive.
Besides this car I’ve had a 2002 Subaru Forester and strongly disliked it, mainly because the seat makes me sore after 30 mins, fuel economy not great, rear seats don’t lie flat, fugly.
A 92 4dr hatch Geo Metro. These cars are amazing, but maybe finally have disappeared from Craigslist (used to be you could find one for a grand, not matter the condition lol). I put 100k on that car, overloaded it on a regular basis and only ever needed to replace the clutch and a cv joint for like $100. 50mpgs! And then I almost died in an accident going 15mph. An almost perfect car, besides being a death trap.
Other than these three vehicles I drive mostly beat up old farm trucks. I feel like the Volvo really spoiled me for longer road trips, etc. Is it crazy to think I could find another one and have better luck? Just replace the timing belt first thing? Or is there another car I should be considering? I’m not interested in spending more than $3k on a car, so maybe that will explain my logic.