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I believe my Blazers days are numbered.

That one time my truck got washed

She’s not gonna die, I know that, I’ve never owned such a tenacious vehicle. What I mean is, I can only daily drive a rattling, wallowing, agricultural example of wtf was GM doing other than cocaine in the 90s for so long. I love the thing, but only for sentimental reasons, objectively it is a terrible vehicle. I’m sure there are better kept ones, but mine has 312k on it now, and you can tell. Anyways, the gist of my train of thought is that I should save up for one of the things I actually want, instead of buying interesting beaters and selling them a couple months later.

Whenever I’m in a coupe, I feel guilty. Like I could be using the footprint of the car better. I’ve also grown up in station wagons. therefore, I think I need a wagon. I certainly don’t want less utility than my Blazer, but I want better driving dynamics and less 4 wheel drive. if I take the Blazer off the road, it’ll hang behind the house in case camping needs to happen up a road that pops two of my tires.

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Without further ado, here are the wagons up for consideration. One of these, hypothetically, will wind up being an actually long-term car for me, be it found on craigslist, or imported. Because Canada is cool and we can import things that are only 15 years old.

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The Volvo 240. I have loved them since I first saw one, and my favourite car of the ones I’ve driven was a 1979 244 with everything you can buy from IPD to redo the suspension. It was excellent. I actually liked it better than my friends E30 318is.....

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I have only driven a 740 briefly, and I don’t like the looks as much as the 240, but they’re easier to find in good condition around here. usually in automatic though.

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Essentially the same as the 740, but facelifted. Just a preference thing really.

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Now we’re out of what I know well. I’ve never been the biggest FWD Volvo fan, but then I saw some videos of an 850 Turbo on the Nurburgring. Now I like them. I just wish I could see even one in person that didn’t have faded paint....

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Germany time. I adore the E30 Touring. It’s the one that would likely need imported, at this point it’s cheaper than finding one here....

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I once had a terrible and broken E34 Touring.....I want a good one. When done right, they just look amazing, very good to drive too. Also, the only manuals over here are ones that have been swapped, and that’s almost impossible to do properly.....

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I’ve never driven an old Merc, but they always make me happy when i see them, usually beat up but still chugging along. This one is unlikely, they’re just a bit too impossible to find in decent shape.

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These intrigue me a lot....a friend had one and loved it, I’m just not sure there’s any reason to choose it over the E34 when it comes to the Germans.

So there you have it. I don’t even know which I’m leaning towards.....it started with the 240, followed by the E34, so they’re the most likely. But who knows what will happen, maybe I’ll abandon any semblance of reason and get an AMC Eagle wagon or something.