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I'd put Volvos pretty far up on the chain. Not necessarily luxury, but really nice and very durable.



They maybe nice, but I haven't seen them be durable.

Really? My family has owned 8 Volvos over the years, and I don't think any one of them has lasted less than 150,000 miles (even the ones from the early 70's). Usually what happens is my mom or dad buys one new, drives it to around 120,000 miles, and then I get it for the next 80,000 miles or so.

They're not cheap to maintain, but they can take the abuse my dad dishes out (towing boats, driving on roads that are basically dirt tracks, hauling stuff), and they hold a *lot* of stuff. My station wagon functions as a small truck, I've gotten a twin mattress set in the back with the tailgate closed, and 7 kitchen chairs (on separate occasions, not at the same time). I can bring tile home from the hardware store or drive the car pool.

And if you roll it over, down the hill, the roof pillars aren't going to just collapse. :-) That's the sleep at night factor, for me.

But I know some people have gotten lemons. I think it really helps to not buy the first year a new model is out. Or the first year of a new turbo engine--those usually haven't been beta tested enough. I think that's true for a lot of cars, though.

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