Apparently, when we went off the road, the front struts were driven up into the strut mounts and and bent the strut mounts out of shape. The insurance adjuster told me this on Friday. He also told me that he got a quote for fixing it and that it would cost $23,000. Since he believes the cost of the repair to be more than the cost of the car, our beloved v70XC is a write-off.
I was not pleased with this news. When we went off the road, the surreal smoothness and incredible handling of the vehicle - not to mention that we were able to drive it from Watson Lake back to Whitehorse afterwards - only increased my appreciation of what a great vehicle it is. Or was.
Our history with the car was long. It was a royal pain-in-the-butt to get serviced, but it was a joy to drive and suited our lifestyle quite well. It had everything that I wanted in a vehicle: all-wheel drive, good ground clearance and a low centre of gravity (something that SUV designers have never been able to figure out), enough cargo space for my tuba, and places to tie down a canoe or two. And now we have to find a replacement. Indeed, I was not happy with the news.
I spent yesterday vehicle shopping and was less than impressed, though I tried to keep an open mind. I even tried a couple of minivans. I was pleasantly surprised by the minivans but at the end of the day, I couldn't find anything that was even half as good, versatile, or as nimble as our XC.