Herring in a tin can
Or why does a sensible,guy buy such a big Volvo ? And
then even at a Volvo dealer! one of 10 years old, with a
TURBO on petrol , a weight of half a truck and the consumption
of a real truck.
Is he mad?
Has he a money surplus?
Does he love to hurt himself?
Is it love at first sight?
this is why:
Nissan Primera 2.0d SLX
When our fourth children announced it self.
we had to look for a larger car. One in wich we could fit decently.
For thatwe could natural no longer use a Nissan Primera.
Every Volvo-owner knows that
Soon we defined for ourselves a
number of criteria.
- It had to have minimal 6 seats
- it had to be trustworthy
- And especially it had to be safe.
Also it had to be quite luxurious. We were used to that
I mean, turning a handle for opening the windows we already no
longer did since we had Suzuki Alto traded in for a a fancy
I know, everybody makes mistakes sometimes!
In 1989 closing all doors separately was something we did
understand since that time. Let alone an "option " like
Suzuki Alto GL '88
CitroŽn BX 19TRD '86
|Moreover the car had to be not
too expensive. more than 15,000 guilders for a 2nd hand car
I find really too much! And thus we went searching for
decent means of transportation that satisfied at all our criteria
But that was easier said than done!
Apparently is this country is forgiven of people that want
transport 6 or more persons from. Hence there is an enormous
shortage in this land at that kind of cars in that pricerange .
You end up at the most strange merchants who ask completely
ridiculous prices for a ramshackle that has been imported from
Germany or for cars that have 350,000 KM on the clock. And
When these kind of people sold something stood what could possibly
be a serious option, it was already sold or it was pure fraud.
We went through the larger part of Holland:
Berghem, Nieuwkuijk , Veenendaal, HeesWijk- Dinther, Apeldoorn,
Zeeland, Haarlem, Uden , Zandvoort, et cetera, et cetera.
And what rubbish we all have seen ! A
few examples from the many cars : A Toyota Previa from 1991
with 270,000 km on the counter. All belts cut through,holes in the
upholstery of back banks with et cetera , and so on.
Asking price of this beauty "only" 13,000 guilders.
A whole lot Chrysler Voyager vans with broken
motors , broken gears , of which every merchant c. q. dealer
otherwise said , that you that especially had not to buy ( so we
didn't ), Mitsubishi Spacewagons from 1991, 1992, 1993 for
hfl 20,000 ore more with 350,000 km on gas or from Germany
with 80,000 km on the counter. " Really true , sir, this was
used by an elderly German lady that wanted a large
vehicle wanted for shopping ", according to a seller.
another type of car: the Renault
Espace and the Pointiacs Transsport. 1995 in the paper, 1992 in
MOT "well sir these come from the USA " and "Yes, but you
can actual well say that it is from 1995
Yet strangely that this car has a kilometer
odometer, while everything in America is done in miles and "It
doesnt' want start for errr it has no petrol in tank "or "when you
sign here you can make a test drive next week and take
it along afterwards in the meantime shouting at his
rottweiler "Quiet TARZAN!
Also experienced : "You can take that Espace
with you, without guarantee and I will not trade in your car
and it will cost 18.000". ", you not want it like that?
leave it then! If I wont sell it to you i will surely sell
it to someone else."
But when you think yopu are out of luck, the
solution is near. Nearer than you think sometimes
We went again to look for a car, on a
Saturday. It was already half a year after we started our search
for a people carrier. and our youngest, a son, had been born
in the meantime. Our children sat quite tightly in
the back of the car. "Look " said my wife Ireen, "let's have
a look at the Volvo-dealer here on the corner if they
havev anything for our likings ". It is fairly unlikely but let's
try it .
And there it
was: In the middle of the ground: a dark blue
Volvo 740 Turbo intercooler estate. "I allways wanted such
a Volvo" Ireen said and "It is quite a beauty this
one". the Salesman approached us and asked what he could do
for us or what he we could do for him.
we are looking for a car in which we fit in with the six of us ,
and er.... I think that you have something for us."
It was difficult to suppress our excitement . Well "this a nice
one isn't ?" began the
seller. He wanted to commit us just with our just found trofee. He
began a little bit on to mention all the extra's
"This has an automatic gearbox with cruise-control always
nice , and a dograck , and 4 power windows and climate control" he began.
Is it possible to put extra seats in the back? . He frightened
a little bit. " Yes but I don't have one ...... I began to
calculate and to hear him out. " What dost such a second-hand
bench cost then?" "I
think about 800 guilders." I tried not to blink with my eyes.
you want to test-drive?" Against that we had no objection! After
the car was started we got in and with a feeling of triumph
drove off the grounds of the dealer. Actual I had bought m
then already with my heart. This tremendous car, with this
fantastic time lynx, eternal goedgeconserveerde design. The
station under the stations. With such fabulous monster of a motor
in the vooronder, with a seat where my bovengemiddelde weight only
also length good in most level, but also all other family members
delightfully in zitten. With all options that I only want to have
and yet much more even.
I looked at
right where my woman drunkenly, and that drunkenly also to shine.
It would become per end of bill her car through the weeks. Will
they it in want and dare ride? A vending machine, must can meant
she. For her was it thus also a clear affair.
tried we so long possible to stretch. Yet even hiemaar to , yet
just that threshold try. Does how accelerate he? Do and yet just
or he look for the door also justest? The pale all tremendous to
go. also the neighbors looked at with only envy our car. As hears
Was only how
good he? What guarantee drunkenly on it? Could we come at a bank
in the back, and well a that as a kitchen chair most level bee our
matter interiors not learn? Ireen remembered yet that the garage
holders which we the Toyota Previa had seen something had mumbled
that he yet a fearful had of a Volvo 740. "That will ring" decided
we this afternoon yet we. When we prevent back were by the
Volvo-dealer began the praising and offer. After a spicy price
negotiation left we the garage with the communication that we
firstly yet just a bank somewhere from here had to get so that we
it on back could come., . In our back of the head had we naturally
that we the fearfully well cheaply could decorate.,
tried yet the Toyotaman to take to get. Unfortunately told he that
he nothing more wanted to lie. Good council was duration , just as
such fearful. That evening I began on internet to seek with the
key word "Volvo 740" and already quickly came from it many options
, below which as an of the first the Volvo 700 association. HŤ ,
but that was amusing! After a hour on this site to have I had been
looked around really totally round. I must and will that Volvo
quickly I had various phone numbers of businesses that did in
Volvo's or in pillowcase parts of that. That Monday after that I
had fortunately by the second telephone already hold. Svenska in
Tomb had there even 2 liggen. "Costs that?" informed I. "750
guilder" answered the man. "Only he must be developed" yet. "I
come Saturday just look thus hold 'em for me fast" said I and hung
on. When we the next saturday morning by Svenska arrived had they
an old aftands careen in the back a corner lie. Now as I that 750
guilder for must not give then goes the deal well through" thought
I. But the owner spoke me at and said: "You come certain for that
fearfully?". "That have I separate gelegd, view only". This was
something whole anders. An almost new bank from a 940 van'95,
completely with belts and hoods. The buy was thus fast gedaan.
Now that yet
negotiate with John Sprengers of Volvo Grind. Fortunately we could
become the freely fast once. He built them to me the fearful and
my radio-CD-wisselaar in and saw to for it that it a new APK and
license plates came up and that he totally good would be as we 'em
We came a
beautiful price to the same thing
In spite of
we went tell everybody of our aankoop. On a particular moment , I
wanted to see back at the same time my father the 740 to let. He
stood parked outside and were wanted to let see the doors open
thus I everything well. John came to outside. "You fearfully sit
there already in hŤ" That had we not yet seen. Nicely in the
opbergruimte under the board, he sat weggewerkt.
July I wanted to bow half on the doorstep my first real own Volvo
on to get. After the customary formalities " I got m with. Today
could we the station of the stations at everybody let see and that
have we done!
tried him dreadfully. We have been ridden them to me there over
small weggetjes to Limburg, over pieces highway with 190 raged
(more hard could itself to them not, it was itself to them too
busy). Waves GTI from it pulled by the traffic light, with its
zessen naturally (and we sat not fixed as herrings in a barrel)
and my children in the back but swing and laugh! Whole many
gecruisecontrolled, but especially enjoyments.
of the riding, but also of the sight 's-mornings as you from the
kitchen window looks and this car stands for your door. Enjoyments
of the attention and ask of the men from the street. Wildvreemden
that you speak to "t is well a beautiful hŤ". Enjoyments of all
options that you have and that in the instruction bow stand by "Some
And that expenses? Oh, enjoy expense now once money, but you live
but a time. I want to ride about that yet long with plezier
in this car to can.
|on the way to
Argeles by the mediterranean sea nearby Sete
|Why a 3rd row?
Besides havinfg a
flexible use of our car,It is the best solution for the children!
I found this article on the volvo700 forum
A Letter from the President and Chief Executive Officer, Volvo
Cars of North America, on Safety
This official statement from Volvo was authored in 1993. Accident
stats maybe different than quoted, however, they are correct for
the date written. Also, this was written before the 850 hit the
market, however, Volvo has assured me that there has been no
change in design philosophy regarding rear crash
protection in the wagons with the advent of the 850 and 900
series. This was from the office of Mats Ola Palm, President and
Chief Executive Officer, Volvo Cars of North America. Current
President and CEO is Helge Alten.
October 15, 1993
Mr. Daniel S. Reid
Dear Mr. Reid:
Thank you for your letter of October 5, 1993 regarding the
accident your family experienced in their Volvo. I was pleased to
see that the Volvo performed as designed and your family was
spared any serious injury. I also want to take a few minutes of
your time to discuss the issue you raised regarding the optional
rear facing third seat which may be installed in our wagons.
The subject of automotive safety is a complex one with very few
simple answers. Perhaps the best place to start is by realizing
that there is a different relative level of injury exposure for
every seating position in
every automobile. This stems from a number of real world issues
such as the frequency of the type of accident, the structure of
the vehicle, the direction of impact, the distance from the point
of impact, and the type of restraining device.
According to our Safety Engineers, in most five passenger
automobiles this makes the rear center seating position arguable
the "safest" if it is equipped with a three-point seat belt.
Statistics show that the majority of all impacts are frontal,
making the rear seat position more desirable. The next most
frequent type of accident is the side impact. Here, the center
position in the rear seat is the farthest from the potential
points of impact. Again, contributing to the safety of this
position when a three-point belt is
fitted and used.
I believe it is important to understand the concepts I have stated
to appreciate the risks and merits of our optional rear facing
third seat. The optional seat has been designed with the same
attention to safety as all of the other seating positions in a
Volvo. It is solidly built and firmly bolted to the vehicle
structure. It has built in head restraints and three-point
self-adjusting seat belts. It is designed to carry 2 children up
to 88 pounds each in weight. As I have stated, the most frequent
type of accident is a frontal impact. In such an accident the
third seat is the farthest from the point of impact and since the
seating is rear facing, it allows the occupants to dissipate the
crash energy across their entire back which produces even less
body loading than a seat belt would produce. In the second most
frequent type of accident, the side impact, the two occupants of
the third seat sit between the rear wheel wells with the extra
structure of the rear axle outside them and extra distance to
either side of the car. U.S. government statistics show that
frontal impacts account for over 50% of all accidents while side
impacts total about 28%.
I realize that your concern lies with rear impacts which account
for only 10% of all accidents. The body of a Volvo station wagon
is designed to manage crash energy in a different way than our
sedans. It is more rigid and designed to help dissipate the crash
energy forward to more of the structure of the vehicle. The impact
in the rear is also lighter than frontal due to the fact that
normally both vehicles move in the same direction, or one is
standing still. In laboratory tests, instrumented dummies
simulating occupants of the
proper size, under 88 pounds, wearing their restraints experienced
no significant indications of head, torso, or leg injuries with a
rear impact flat barrier at 30 miles per hour. In fact, this seat
complies with the
performance requirements stipulated by government safety
authorities in both the U.S. and Europe.
Moving from the theoretical to the practical, our real world
experience bears out the merits of this seat.
Approximately one-third of all Volvo station wagons sold in the
U.S. are ordered with this option and have been for almost 20
years. In virtually every report by the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, Volvo station
wagons are consistently rated among the safest vehicles on the
roads. During all of this time Volvo Cars of North America has
never been contacted regarding an injury or death for an occupant
of the third seat in a crash. While the image in your mind of
sitting in the rear facing seat and being struck by a vehicle is
frightening, both laboratory and real world experience says there
is no inherent safety problem in design of the rear facing third
seat. Finally, why does Volvo offer the third seat? Because we
have seen that the extra space available in a wagon is often used
to carry people, in far too many cases, totally unrestrained. The
safety implications of this are truly terrifying. Realizing this,
we offered what we genuinely believe to be a far superior solution.
I thank you for your letter and I hope I did not overwhelm you
with this somewhat complex answer to your question. Again, I am
glad to hear your family is fine. Please call me on the phone at
xxx, xxxx, if you want to further elaborate on my comments, or if
I can be of further assistance.
Very truly yours,
Mats Ola Palm
|And as last the top
5 of my cars
My red duck. 2cv special. BJ1976 Thus without last window on the
side Rot as a mispel only well in the summer with a tremendous
open dak. bought for Fl 100, -in 1986 , 15000, km with ridden
could harder than the Km counter (120)
Peugeot 405 SRI 1.9 multipoint Bj 1988 Rarely. one of the little
SRI multipoint with 1.9 110 PK On gas. (More than 3.5 tons it on)
Well Full option Airco, spoiler, LMV, Alarm, red reflected plate.
etc. 210 km/h on (french) gas only also onwijs many gezeik with
LPG my reason even electrisch to boil and gas off to swear
Suzuki Alto 0.8 GL 1988 Our first and only new car. Good (140 km
pen/you) an amusing autootje, expense had been ridden into little
Peugeot 504 Ti vending Machine 1978 French Limo. Stab words: Fast,
Large , Luxury, Rust. Well a beautiful schuifdak ZF vending
machine, Electrische rams. 1 on 6 super plumbed. only with 195 per
hour to Annecy. I wanted never to must do away , but must tidy up.
The 740 Turbo estate a trip car nun plus ultra well what I must
say... Has everything, can does want everything, everything,
everything. Love is a beautiful thing.