I Love My Car
Her original MSRP was about $35,000. She has a full leather interior, power moon roof, CD changer, fancy climate control... lots of stuff. She is sporty, too: 222 bhp and 0-60 in 7 seconds, and passive rear wheel steering. When I drive her around, listening to say, Debussy's Estampes or Steely Dan's Aja I am happy. I have wanted a Volvo 850 Estate since 1995—now I have one.
She, like me, is a little idiosyncratic thanks to her age. But she is nice to look at and great to drive. Her quirks are just her personality and the patina of age is just character. I like to think the same of myself. Inger has 166,000 miles on her and because she is a Volvo 300,000 is not asking too much. I drive very little, about 500 miles a month. At that rate she could be the last car I own. I wonder if it will work out that way.
One of the things that makes me specially happy is that I have no car payment. I own this car free and clear. I cannot imagine taking out a car loan any more. In the past I used credit. Today I have no credit cards and no car loans. I don't own a lot of expensive items but I do really enjoy what I have. I only wish I had learned about this 20 years ago.