I thought about digging out my original car question thread and updating that, or my journal. But I figured here is a good place to post my good news!
After almost exactly one year of learning, saving, and looking, I've finally ditched the gas-guzzler Volvo and bought a fine used mustache-mobile. I had a short list of cars, and a long list of musts so it took a while. Now driving a shiny 2006 Scion XA!
106K miles, priced well, one owner (a pilot who only used it to commute to SeaTac, so all highway miles), added option of front and rear side airbags. All service records... taken care of by a meticulous guy. (pilot!) It looks and runs like a new car. He even wrote me up a reminder sheet of what I should do for the next 30k miles or so and filled the tank for me. :) I am thrilled!
It's a definite change from the Volvo tankwagon. Camping will be like tetris in there. :) Also, I'm going to take it in and have them install the hitch mount so I can put my bike rack on there.
Anyone in the market for a 1998 Volvo XC Wagon?