BTW, volvos are great pet cars
My 40lb Sharpei chills on the backseat in his car harness. And I have plenty of room in the trunk for all the bodies, I mean travel needs. Just bought a 5 person tent to go camping, and a tandem kayak is next for my GF and me.
OH, and to all who have replied.....Thanks! My first successful thread evar
It took me about 2 months of shopping and ultimately a flight to Chicago to get it just to find a car that I felt was a good deal.
My buddy's got an 06 Kiwi Green EX-P, and I like the color a lot. For my money, though, if I could pick anything, it'd be a 5spd EX in Cargo Khaki.
I don't know what prices are like down there...but in Canada that would be a great deal. Personally, I would hold out for a manual if you can. I think it made a big difference in the feel of the vehicle having driven both at the dealer when we bought ours. Although it does rev pretty high on the highway (about 3000rpm at 100km/h so about 60mph), which may be a consideration for you if you do lots of highway driving. We did a number of long road trips, including St. John's Newfoundland to Vancouver, BC, and it was great. Just had to hold on bit when the winds were really strong. I think the best fuel economy I got with the manual was about 25mpg, which seemed ok. I think it was around 20mpg in town. I'm sure better can be had if you were careful. Just some info to consider. But I put about 60000miles on ours in 3 years and really enjoyed it and never anything other than scheduled services done.
Just thought I would update this thread. I ended up with and Element. I have been searching for about two months now and everything I had looked at was door dinged and scratched. I'm pretty particular when it comes to my vehicles and I began tho thing that I would have to settle for something that was not up to my standards.
This past Friday I was searching autotrader as I do every day, but this time I increased the dollar amount on the search by $1k and wouldnt you know it the "one" was on the first page at the top. I was still a bit skeptical but decided to make the trip and take a look. Eight hours later I drove it off the lot. 2006 Element silver with the blue fenders and such, with only 36k miles on it! Needless to say I am very happy I didn't give up