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Tue 26th March 2013   
Now that we knew we wanted one of these horribly cute off-road vehicles, I started to contact the various sellers to ask questions about their state1 and it quickly appear that you could classify the various available models in three categories based on their prices2.
  • the ones above 40000 kr come with hard top
  • between 20000 and 40000 kr they have soft top
  • under 20000 kr you find the ones that need a lot of repair work or are sold for parts
In the end we found a weird one, owned by a hunter.

It was originally a soft top model, but the previous owner had imported from Sweden a hard top and installed it on the Norwegian vehicle.

What made it special is that it has many side windows and came with a wood burning stove inside !

That sounded like totally crazy, and also a perfect basis for a small RV:
Fire in the hole!
Fire in the hole!

You never know when you are going to be blocked in the middle of nowhere in a snow storm, just go out, cut some wood, and there you go.
A survivalist dream I guess…

More seriously, that was the only hard top model in the 20000 kr range, so we decided to give it a go and called the owner. We got an appointment for the next Saturday; he would fetch us with the vehicle at Vestby’s train station with the Volvo so we could see it in action and he would explain us how to drive it3
Comes Saturday, we are at Oslo S with our tickets waiting for the train to come, and the guy calls:

I’m sorry, there’s been a problem. I was going up a hill and it suddenly stopped, I’m being towed back home right now, I will try to fix it, probably an electric problem, call you later.
Since we had the tickets, our afternoon was already lost and we wanted to see what they looked like, we decided to take the train anyway and go look at it.

Long story short, we saw it, found it cool despite the rust, missing handles, broken spark plug head and cables, and negotiated a price reduction plus having it delivered to our place in Oslo.

We made a bet that the failure was probably stupid, like some broken electric cable or flimsy connection, perhaps even a blown fuse.

So there we go, with a non working Volvo 4x4 on the parking in front of the building.

Now time to see if we are just stupid computer geeks or if we can get this thing running!

1. were they sold for parts, or could they actually be driven and had a valid EU control certificate, did they have a trailer hook, etc…
2. The euro to nok rate fluctuates, but as of today 1 euro gives you 7.5 norwegian kroners.
3. It has four different driving modes, including 4x4 in low and high gear modes, plus back wheels only mode. It also has a gazillion of combat lights modes.
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