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Volvo vs Audi

Hi Debra,

Just read thru most of the posts, pretty interesting :-)

A Few years back I drove a few volvo's on test ride's specifically an
850 wagon.

I was comparing it to a previuos body style A6 wagon quattro.

I found the volvo seats to be extremely comfortable, the 
outside looks appealing.  The dash boxy and cluttered,
don't know what the interiors look like in a V70.

The A6 I found to be quieter,  the seats almost as comfortable,
V6 smooth and quiet, albeit not terribly quick, unless you
floor it so it downshifts once or twice :-)

(I have a 1990 Audi V8 w/240hp..... so my definition of quick 
 may be different than yours :-)

I then tested the same 2 cars used.  This is important.

The Audi wins hands down here.  The interior and exterior
hold up much better than the volvo's.

My neighbor has a 94-95 850 GLT, Maroon/Tan leather.  The interior
is holding up ok, but the clearcoat is pealing off in a dozen or
so places, some places as big as a half dollar.... it's got just 
under 100k miles on it.

In comparison my wife's 89 Audi 100 Wagon has 135k miles and looks
near new.  It's got a few dings and scratches, but no rust at all and
the leather interior has no rips tears etc...  I do have a 4 year old 
so it get's used :-)

My other car an 1990 Audi V8 quattro sedan has 120k miles and most
people who don't know cars think it's a 96-97 vehicle.  Again no rust
and the interior is in excellent condition.

With maintenance and care an Audi will go routinely go 200-300k easily, 
and there are people on the list with cars in the 400k+ range.

Hope this helps :-)

Mike L.
90 V8
89 100 Avant (Wagon)

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