Eventually, all good things do come to an end. While I have certainly been slacking on updating for awhile, the Volvo is now, unfortunately deceased. While it was a good three years, the impending major surgery the car was going to require to remain on the road made it very much not worthwhile to keep the car on the road. So, I replaced it, with another vehicle with over 100k miles.
The new car is only 3 years newer, but has about 30,000 miles fewer. While yes, the Volvo only had 139,000 miles on the odometer when I traded it in today, the actual miles are completely unknown due to a common problem with the 850's. The Odometer gear broke.
In the end, I survived the hottest summer on record in the DC metro region with no Air Conditioning, and the AC still was inoperable when I sold it. The Brake rotors needed to be replaced, and the tires were due for replacement, all in all, the car needed about $4000 worth of work to get it back to perfect condition, which in a car that's only worth about $500, it was unreasonable to even consider reparing.
The new car is a 1999 Honda Accord with 138,000 miles. This time, the mileage is actual. So, the journey continues. Stay tuned for a few upcoming trips!