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What car is the easiest and cheapest to repair and maintain? Or, conversely, what cars rarely need repair?

Volvo 122. Unlike some of the other good suggestions, this is a totally CIVILIZED older car you can operate comfortably in the modern world. A VW beetle is something of a joke in wintertime, and a Citroen 2CV is a death trap. Everything is easy on the Volvo 122, and aside from working on the overdrive, you need no special knowledge. Parts are still available, and aside from perhaps renting a hub puller for the back brakes, you need no special tools. These cars can run forever. There is no car on earth that will run as long IMO, given the same level of maintenance and money spent. It is also very well-built, so you could survive a crash. It gets very decent MPG, has good visibility, and adequate power for freeway. Get ’em while you can—they are going fast and prices are rising. I can see why you want to ditch the 2004 Mini Cooper. I own a 2003. It really is a piece of junk…although fun, I must say, or I would have scrapped it by now.

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How many days does it take to cover Manali?

Highlights · Absorb the unparalleled charm of Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley Engage in adventure activities Visit the sacred Vaishno Devi Temple, Kullu Witness the hot springs in Manikaran Visit the ancient Hidimba Devi Temple, Manali Enjoy a shopping spree around Manali Itinerary Detail Day 1 - Delhi - Manali - Your Kullu Manali trip officially begins once you reach the allotted bus stand. Please reach the bus stand before time and board the AC Volvo Bus that will transport you to the dream destination. This is an overnight journey and you will be reaching Manali in the morning. The estimated distance between Delhi and Manali is 575 kilometers. Overnight journey by bus. Day 2 - Arrival in Manali - Once you reach Manali, you will be transferred to the resort by cab. Complete the check-in formalities and freshen up. The rest of the day is free to explore the surroundings on your own. Stroll around the place and inhale the fresh mountain air. Manali has everything that can keep you happy and rejuvenated. Manali is a beautiful resort town nestled in the lap of the majestic Himalayas. With picturesque views of the Pir Panjal and the Dhauladhar Range, this place is a haven for the nature lovers. Surrender yourself to the gushing tranquil streams, lush forests and sprawling countryside that look no less than a wonderland. Hence, planning a Manali trip is the best way to satisfy your wanderlust spirit. Overnight stay in Manali. Day 3 - Manali – Rohtang Pass – Solang Valley – Manali - The third day of your Kullu Manali tour starts with Rohtang Pass (by Taxi Union Car on direct payment). It is perched at a height of 3978 meters and approximate distance is 51 kilometers from Manali. Located on the eastern side of Pir Panjal Range, Rohtang Pass is often regarded as the crown of the Kullu region. It is one of the most spectacular passes in the country and spots over 20 lakh visitors every year. Rohtang Pass is open from June to October and connects Kullu Valley to Lahaul and Spiti. It is a paradise for adventure seekers as a number of adrenaline-rush activities take place here namely skiing, paragliding and ice-skating. On the way, you will be going for sightseeing to Solang Valley where our car will be waiting to pick you up. Here you can immerse in the impressive sight of the frozen glaciers and snow-capped mountains. Admire the beauty and take some time to relax and unwind. Adrenaline junkies can also indulge in paragliding and treat their eyes to the bird's eye view of Solang Valley. Perched at the top of the Kullu region, Solang Valley is a major crowd puller. From impressive visuals to adventure sports, this place has it all. The plethora of adventure activities attracts thrill-seekers and the scenic landscapes draw nature admirers. The sheer magnificence of this place is therapeutic and you will be catapulted straight into a world of immense natural beauty. Afterward, drive back to the hotel. Overnight stay at Manali Kindly note, Rohtang Pass is closed every Tuesday and sightseeing is possible subject to the weather conditions. Also, due to the presence of Taxi Union, the trip to Rohtang Pass is not included in the Delhi to Manali tour package. It has to be paid directly by the guests to the Taxi Union including the permit fee. Day 4 - Manali – Kullu – Manikaran – Manali - After having a hearty breakfast, get ready for a sightseeing trip around Kullu. The estimated driving distance from Manali is 40 kilometers. Your Kullu Manali package includes a visit to the famous Vaishno Devi Temple built in honor of Devi Parvati. You can also take part in river rafting in Kullu. Snuggled along the bank of the Beas River, Kullu is a quaint resort town that offers visitors with the spectacular Himalayan landscape. It is one of most sought after tourist destinations with good road connectivity. Kullu greets visitors with impressive visuals and untainted air that conjures amazing memories. Also known as Mahadevi Tirth, Vaishno Devi Temple is not only a religious site but also a major tourist attraction on the bank of River Beas. The temple was built-in 1966 to honor Devi Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva. The tour continues to the popular pilgrimage center of Manikaran, known for its hot water springs. These springs have healing power and people from all over the globe come here to take a dip and cure their diseases. At an altitude of 1760 meters, the quaint town of Manikaran is known for its spiritual significance. It is a sacred destination for the Sikhs as well as the Hindus. Besides hot water springs, there are a number of religious landmarks located here. It is the kind of place where tourists can feel the divine connection amid breathtaking natural treasures. Here you will get a glimpse of the sacred temple dedicated to Lord Ramachandra and visit Gurudwara Shri Narayan Hari. As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to the legendary hero Ramachandra. It was built in the 17th-century by Raja Jagat Singh. Idols of Lord Ram and Devi Sita is enshrined in the temple. Hence, it is an important place of worship for the followers of Hinduism. Gurudwara Shri Narayan Hari is one of the most popular religious landmarks in Manikaran. This gurudwara takes pride in accommodating 4000 pilgrims in a day with the additional langar service. Finally, the day ends after driving back to the hotel in Manali. Day 5 - Sightseeing in Manali - The fifth day of your Kullu Manali tour will start with a delicious breakfast. Today you will be checking out of the hotel and go for a half-day local sightseeing around Manali. A visit to the 450 years old Hidimba Devi Temple is on the cards. This temple is located amid snow-capped mountains and nothing can beat the majestic beauty that this place offers. Locally known as Dhungari Temple, this ancient cave temple is dedicated to the wife of Bhima, Hidimba Devi. Maharaja Bahadur Singh built this sacred structure in the year 1553. The auspicious occasion of Navaratri is celebrated with fervor and draw devotees from all around Manali. Afterward, you can go on a shopping spree and explore the vibrant markets for the popular Himachali shawls and souvenirs for your loved ones. In the evening, proceed to the bus stand and board the AC Volvo that will take you back to Delhi. Overnight journey by bus. Day 6 - Departure - Your Manali Volvo package tour finally ends today. You will be reaching Delhi in the morning. Go back home with countless memories to be cherished for a lifetime.

How do Volvo cars compare with the German brands for reliability, serviceabilty, durability comfort and luxury?

I owned a series of three used Volvos in the late eighties and early nineties as commuter cars. They drove better on slush-covered roads than our VW Jetta, which was prone to front-wheel skids when crossing over slush in passing maneuvers. I found the cars to be durable, without being reliable. Case in point. One evening I parked on the street outside the local library, only to hear a crash somewhat later. A mid-sized GM product’s accelerator had locked as the driver jumped a caution light. He had ploughed into a Dodge pickup parked behind my Volvo 242. The impact careened the Volvo into another car in front. I don’t recall its model. Tow trucks removed the other three vehicles. I drove the Volvo for the rest of the week. The only apparent damage from the crash was the contents of the glove box strewn all over the passenger seat. A couple of months later I did get to make an insurance claim when on an unrelated matter a mechanic mentioned that both engine mounts had been sheered off. Volvos at that time were very tough cars. They were not reliable, though. I got into the habit of crawling underneath to bang components with a hammer which otherwise wouldn’t work. The starter was one, a fuel pump another. Brakes and exhaust systems seemed to be yearly repairs, though that could reflect more on the after-market part quality than the inherit merits of the cars. The old Volvos were lovely things to drive. They steered as well as Volkwagens. When I finally went to Toyotas I hated the steering, but loved the reliability of the line. We kept our 1984 VW Jetta (gas) for 19 years. It was a tremendously reliable and economical car. The Volvos were thirsty on fuel, but strong pullers on a trailer and safe in traffic on slippery roads. The biggest change when I bought a new 1995 Toyota 4Runner was the discovery that it was utterly reliable for the first 350,000 km I drove it. No Volvo would match that, nor VW, for that matter.

What is the most difficult part to replace/repair on a car?

Relining the rear drum brakes in a 1964 Volvo. The drums were very difficult to remove. I bought a heavy duty hub puller, and had to pound on it with a sledge hammer, while torqueing it with a breaker bar. The drum finally separated with a very loud bang. The car actually moved on the jack stands from the recoil. A rear brake cylinder needed to replaced, and none were available in the US for weeks.

Why haven't trucks (talking about trailer pullers here) adopted electric drive systems?

Currently, diesel electric drive systems (as used in locomotives) are used when the conventional direct drive system would be either impractical or unwildy. The prime examples are site trucks used in off road mining and road construction. Electric cars are racing now toward 1% of the market and Volvo has stated that they will not build gasoline vehicles after 2020. As for class 8 road tractors, 18 wheelers, pure electric is definately comming here too, and test vehicles are running now, but the state of battery technology is not quite to the point where the weight and range are competitive with pure diesel. Stay tuned, electric will arrive when the batteries are ready. We’re not there yet. Mike Heaton

Why are modern cars designed with useless bumper covers that cost a fortune to replace?

Three reasons come to mind: Options like LED lighting, parking sensors, distance monitoring sensors, parking cameras etc. are built into the bumper, damage the bumper and at minimum all the kit needs disconnecting to repair, at worst the kit needs replacing/repairing alongside the bumper repair. 2. Modern cars are shifting towards a “plug and play” system for lights etc. The traditional wiring loom with 100’s of wires is phasing out and being replaced by a simple loop around the car. Great for diagnosing issues, expensive to replace when damaged. 3. Safety; traditional bumpers were meant to bump and withstand damage in minor collisions saving expensive repairs. The rationale behind design has shifted towards preventing injury to occupants of the vehicle and pedestrians outside. The bumpers are designed to crumple, decreasing the deceleration forces in a collision. once they’ve crumpled they can not be re-used; the structure will not work efficiently in a second collision so the parts need replacing. Back in the day you could have used a puller/panel hammer to knock the dent out and re-spray. Its going to get more expensive as new innovations come into play (Volvo were toying with the idea of anairbag that pops out from the front of the vehicle in pedestrian collisions) and auto drive systems come online. Thanks for the A2A!