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Old 11-07-2007, 01:30 PM   #21
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In my '92 VX I indeed only hav the driverside airbag, which is fine with me anyway, since I usually drive in it alone or with my son on the backseat (in his carseat mind ya). It's nice to have it there, but I'll admit that I have my doubts about how functional it will stiil be after 15 years. isn't there a maximum time limit for the gas capsules to still be guaranteed to work?
Someone called in on Car Talk once with this question. I think the car talk guys basically said they are probably designed to last 20 years. I think they were saying that Volvo warranted them to 15 years and that they'd probably last much longer than that. I guess there's only one real way to find out.
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Old 11-07-2007, 01:55 PM   #22
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As I'm going through the process of looking for a VX, I'm finding of postings of how people flew over to get a car or what not. My question is, just from pics alone, how can you guys tell of the condition to commit to buying?

If aesthetics looks good, what mechanically do you guys typically look for? Note that I have no wrenching skills.

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Old 11-07-2007, 08:55 PM   #23
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I'm flying to Philly to get mines. I asked for many pics and asked alot of questions about maintenance. Main ones were, "When was the timing belt and water pump last changed?, Any leaks of any kind?, Does the A/C work?, Has the car had a tune up lately?, Any rust?. You want something that is stock and has not been modified in any way. Its really a trust thing and if you feel comfortable with the seller, sometimes you can tell if a person is being honest with you. Pictures are the main thing. Getting photos of main areas like the engine bay, rear wheel arches, interior pics showing mileage, all 4 views of the car, and close ups of the bumpers to see if they are lined up with the rest of the car (if crooked, could have been in an accident). This is pretty much all you can go by and its a trust and honesty thing. Also, when you find one, and you go to get it, if you don't like it, then you dont have to buy it unlike with ebay when you buy a car and go get it, its pretty much yours unless you didn't pay for it fully before getting it.
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Old 11-07-2007, 09:09 PM   #24
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nice... good luck with the sale. my cousin knew i was looking for one and got me a month membership to carfax. its no guarantee but its a nice to have. will keep your points in mind when i find a good candidate.
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Old 11-08-2007, 05:55 AM   #25
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Thats good. I'll have to shoot you the VIN when I get it next week so you can check it for me.
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Old 11-08-2007, 06:45 AM   #26
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why don't you get it from the seller right now? not saying that it is, but should the title not be clean, at least it saves you a trip. just PM me.
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Old 11-08-2007, 02:02 PM   #27
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yeah you're right. I'll get it today and PM you the number.
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Old 11-08-2007, 04:42 PM   #28
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just missed this one...



180K and sold for $3500. high miles but... man... from the pics it looked mint. emailed seller an hour or two after he posted but no response. 3 days later he said its sold. just my luck.
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Old 11-08-2007, 08:11 PM   #29
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wow, that looks clean. Sorry you missed it. Where did you find it? I'll get that VIN for you to check for me tomorrow.
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Old 11-08-2007, 08:40 PM   #30
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looking at that car makes me want to paint mine white.
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