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September 2012 / September 2020: 8 years with the Volvo P 1800E.

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Time flies... I have the feeling it was yesterday, the day I picked my Volvo P 1800E near Amsterdam, on the 21st of September 2012. 

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Since then, I have made 50 000 Kilometers with it. I went to Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Belgium, and the Netherlands with it. I traveled almost everywhere in France, with it. 

I had my share of issues... For example, when I left the seller, after 30 minutes, there was a good old strong rain, on the road. Where are the wipers? Aaah, here they are... Damn, they don't work. With Filip, we found the fuses, and changed the one which didn't work. Good. 

The brakes? The brake assistance system had to be changed. 8 months to wait before finding one. During these 8 months, I had some serious gym sessions pushing the brake pedal. Good for health. 

The fuel pump was more problematic. It didn't work in my parking, on the second floor. The access to my parking with a truck is impossible. I had to find the time and the solution to solve that issue. Without a working fuel pump, it is impossible to start your engine. 6 more months to repair it. 

The water pump was replaced, without problems. 

So, for a 50 years old car, no big issues. 

But I have more often lived funny moments: Once or twice a month, I found a sticker or a business card on the car, offering me to buy the car. One came from a very well known gentleman, another from a... Policeman, and one from the director of a production company ( films, videos, clips ). 

I have been controlled by the Police many times, each time without fine, but just for a good discussion about the car. 

Once I even parked " widely " at Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport to take a friend, and the Customs Officers fined everybody' cars except mine. They were turning around it, taking some selfies with the car. none 

Some delicious moments, when you match the car with the place. 

In Paris, with a nice Porsche 911 E: 

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In Croatia,

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In Italy,

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Normandy: 

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Les Chateaux de la Loire. Beaugency: 

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In southern France, 

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In Belgium: 

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In Switzerland: 

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Driving a vintage car like this is a special experience. You don't move from A point to B point, you travel. A kind of time capsule, with a lot of charm, sensations, perfumes, melodies... Ok, you don't have all these electronic gadgets / tools, but this is the car which was meant to be driven, not meant to drive its driver. none

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8 years, it is a good and important slice of life with its good and bad moments. But at least it was always present, ready to offer some pleasant or vital escapes to me.

I never had a car for such a long time, and I don't see myself selling it. 

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Best,

Nicolas

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Pun September 26th, 2020-02:21
Just fabulous experience.. I envy you and your car! 😘 Thanks for sharing. Regards
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amanico September 26th, 2020-03:49
Thank you so much for your kind words, my friend.  
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dedestexhes September 26th, 2020-02:28
Thx for sharing one of your biggest love!  
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amanico September 26th, 2020-03:51
My big pleasure, Dirk.  
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terbaboom September 26th, 2020-02:36
what a fabulous classic! 😍 thanks for sharing the photos of your beautiful car and the story of your ownership
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amanico September 26th, 2020-03:52
Merci, mon ami.  
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Jocke - Bad Santa September 26th, 2020-02:36
It is a really cool car you have there my friend I have drive a few ones but never own one. I love the design and the "simple" like Rolex design of the engine and gearbox that is a real workhorse. The only I don't like at your car is the side lights I guess is for the US market. We don't have those in S... 
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Weems@8 September 26th, 2020-03:46
Side lights Handy lights to protect sheet metal. The only thing i do not like is the orange color. Orange lights on cars replaced throughout the years by white/clear. I am very happy about it. ... 
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amanico September 26th, 2020-03:54
I totally agree with you. Better without the side lights. And yes, this one comes from the US: Sacramento!  
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bimbeano September 26th, 2020-02:37
8 years 😳 Time flies mon ami. A very nice description of your adventures, i still remember the drive from Brussels to SHIEPPOL and PAARIESCHJJJ 🤣. I can imagine you feel a lot younger when driving the P1800 , you’re such a child anyway 😁. Always welcome, room enoug... 
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