I've been researching the net in planning this road trip I want to do this coming summer, from MD to CA and back. It is my big break after graduating college and this is my first major question to pose to you all..
I'm not sure if I should brave it and take my highly nostalgic although some-call impractical vehicle... an 1988 Volvo 240DL stationwagon, 5 speed manual with at least 300,000 miles on it already (I say at least because the mile tracker stopped at 216,000 nearly four years ago). Volvos are amazing cars, and my stationwagon would be amazing to take on a cross country road trip, but I don't know if I should keep the faith with my car on a 7,000 mile + journey, try to buy another used car as a possible grad present, or rent.. but because of my age I'm not sure how practical that would be.
If I did take the Volvo, I would get a complete inspection done of it before I left and half way in CA to make sure everything should be okay. It runs well and I have had almost everything replaced besides the engine. The only thing I am worried about are steep hills with me and my fiance's gear (and possibly mountain bikes in the back) and the fact that it has no air conditioning .. I guess we could drive in morning/evening on really hot days. I get mixed advice when I ask people about taking my car. Some say don't attempt it and others say that it would be fine. Any advice from you well-traveled road-trippers?
Thanks for your help!