Everybody loves fuel economy stuff! Right?
I brimmed the tank this morning, as diesel prices seemed nicely cheap at 1,372 eur/l. Anything under 1,4 is cheap in my book now. I had done 336,4 miles after the last two-click fillup and kept the car strictly in the one-hour commute use for which I bought it, so the use is extremely real-world with as little town driving as possible: namely, just the country road that takes me to the highway proper.
The result for this 541-km drive is 31,23 litres of diesel, which comes to 5,768l/100km and change. It's good! It's not as little as the car would have me believe, but I think I can eke it closer to 5,5 as temps rise and cold starts are less cold. And the range is very good.
Handbrake repaired as the MOT's a month away and I also had the fender liner replaced at the same time. The bill for both came to 85 euros, which isn't much at all. Just the springs in the handbrake shoe had decided to run for it, which is why it wouldn't hold and the handle rose to near vertical position. Another thing of course if it'll be good enough at the actual inspection, but at least it functions now.
Also decided to sell the five-spoke OEM alloys as they don't fit the car properly. They also fit nothing else I own and while I happily hoard wheels, these ones I can let go.
Diesel prices have crept up a little and these days I'm working from home a lot, so there's a slight chance I may list the car up for sale if/when it passes inspection, rather than invest in fixing the AWD. I still need a wagon and I still need to commute, and few cars feel as right on the highway as the Volvo does, but it'd be interesting to see if there's any demand for it as it is, and how well a fresh MOT and a likely cheap asking price can sell a right-hand-drive car that only has half of its AWD left. But there's no rush, and I like driving it.
few cars feel as right on the highway as the Volvo does