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And before your Polestar....?

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Apologies if this has been done before, but I'm curious about the people who choose Polestar as a brand. I've come from Alfa Romeo, (Giulia) so we always identify with other slightly left-field choices such as Volvo, Saab (in the day) Lancia (back when...), Citro毛n, even Jaguar. What did Polestar owners have before and what made you change? Just curious. 馃
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My list of prior vehicles runs the gamut and would be way to long to list here. The vehicle which my PS2 replaced was a 2014 Porsche Panamera hybrid. The Porsche was a beauty but plagued with costly repairs and issues.

In spirit, my PS2 reminds me a lot of my former1991 (I think) Alfa 164s.
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Just the EV's:

2015 E-golf (lemon buy back by VW)
2016 MB 250b (lease return)
2018 E-golf (lease return)
2021 Bolt EUV (GM buy back due to recall)
2022 Polestar

Of the bunch, the P2 is the best for feel, looks and driving.
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鈥aaand here we go:
87 Saab 900
88 Saab 900
03 VW GTI
05 VW Jetta V
09 Honda CRV
11 BMW 328ix
18 Subaru Legacy 3.6R
and currently a 99 Saab 93 Viggen*

*Not including airport beaters.
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2015-2020 - Renault Zoe R240
2020-now - Polestar 2 Launch Edition (DMLR)
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Saab 9-3 Cabrio Aero 2010. My sons are still driving it at 300k
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2015 BMW K1600
2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser - For Sale
2005 Infiniti G35 Coupe - Sold
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I've always been a Volvo guy. Have had a ton of the rare models (S80 V8, XC90 V8, S60R, V70R, etc.). The Polestar replaced my daily though, the last of the US VW diesels - 2015 Golf Sportwagen TDI SEL manual.
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My list,
1987 BMW 325 convertible
1991 Nissan Pathfinder
1996 Saturn L200
2001 Honda Accord V6
2006 Ford Fusion
2009 Mazda 6
2012 VW GTI
2016 Volvo XC90 T8
2017 Audi s3
2023 Volvo XC90 Recharge (OSD)
2023 Polestar 2 BST

Plenty of rentals and loaners...
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Our list:

1997 BMW M3/4 (still have this, purchased new)
2001 Nissan Maxima (my then girlfriend/now wife's car, purchased used) - Sold
2011 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited (will be selling, purchased new)
2017 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited (totaled in flood, purchased new to replace the Maxima), replaced by:
2018 BMW X3 M40i (purchased CPO in 2021)
2022 Polestar 2 PPP+ (purchased CPO), replacing Outback

We were looking to replace the Outback and originally were looking at a Hyundai Palisade, Subaru Ascent and a Kia Telluride. We were pretty close on getting the Palisade but then when Tesla dropped their prices coupled with the EV credits, we started looking at EVs, starting with the Tesla 3/Y. We didn't like the interior and not having an instrument cluster did not sit well with us. We looked at the Subaru Solterra and it was pretty decent. But then we tried the Polestar 2 and we loved it. Got a great deal at the time on a CPO so we took the plunge. The P2 is our daily driver. I commute to work 3 times a week (and my company installed free EV chargers, my wife is twice a month so pretty much works from home. The BMW X3 will be our long distance car and the dog hauler. The Outback goes up for sale.
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We have owned and driven mostly Volvos, purchased new,
and maintained by a reliable small-shop specialist.
1972 142E
1981 245 GL
1993 240
1993 240 (at same time)
2006 XC70 (and one 240 in same time period)
In 2017 added Chevrolet Bolt EV and sold the last 240.
In 2021 added Polestar 2 and sold the XC70.
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Oh fun鈥

1990 Camry
2000 Mazda Prot茅g茅 (first new car)
2001 Toyota RAV4
2003 Honda Accord
2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid (boring AF - traded in after a few months without a loss)
2004 Toyota RAV4 (one of my favorites - with a stick shift - so bought one again) - only traded in because鈥
2007 BMW 330xi (stick, first premium car)
2013 BMW 128i (euro delivery, built on my birthday, still have it)
2018 BMW 330xiT (lease, loved the wagon, boring engine, hate pumping filthy gas)
2021 Polestar 2 (lease)
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19 Alfa鈥檚, a few Benz鈥檚 and BMW鈥檚, one Land Rover (鈥96 Disco V8 - awesome in the bush, thirsty as heck around town!), and I鈥檒l admit to a 鈥98 V70 T2.5, which was a really good car.

Oh - 3 911's as well. Forgot those.
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I came from a '16 Kia Soul EV to a '19 Kia Niro EV, then to the '22 Polestar 2.
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Last one was a 2018 BMW i3 REX. Gave it to my dad, perfect for his 60-70 mile commute. Also never got HOV lane stickers on it鈥nd apparently those come in handy with I-80 traffic.
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In chronological order but I forgot the years I changed the cars:

From 1987:
Ford Escort
Ford Sierra Sapphire
Honda Integra 5 door hatchback
Honda Civic LS 4 door
Honda Accord

1998 - 2000: Didn't have a car, worked for a motoring publication, but I had access to all test cars.

2000 onwards:
Honda Accord
Honda Civic
Ford Galaxy
VW Touran TDI
VW Touran TDI
Toyota Verso 7 seater
VW Golf
Lexus CT 200h
VW Touran 1.5 TSI SEL
BWW 225xe
2021 Polestar 2
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Too many cars to list over the years but a few of the stand out ones listed in order below.

Sierra XR4i
205 1.9 GTI Turbo Technics
Mondeo ST200
Evo 6 Tommi Makinen
Skyline R33 GTS
Civic Type R FK2
Mustang GT
And now my Polestar 2
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My first car was a 2002 VW Polo 1.2 3-cyl. Basic but was a great little thing, survived me and my two brothers learning to drive on it. Next I briefly had a 2007 Ford Focus estate with the 1.6 diesel, which was a complete nightmare and I had to take the dealership to court to get them to buy it back. I then briefly used a hand-me-down 1997 Peugeot 306.

I then was able to get newer more reliable cars, and got a 2016 Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI, brand new. I loved that car, it was rock solid in the 3 years I had it. I replaced it with a 2019 Seat Ibiza 1.0 TSI, which was also great. Did 52k miles in 3 years with that car, again was faultless apart from one time the seatbelt reminder wouldn't shut off, but that error cleared by itself.

I started a new job in August last year which would let me get a car through salary sacrifice, and it's quite a tax efficient way to do it here in the UK, so jumped at the chance to get the Polestar.
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Here's a few of my earlier cars:

Ford Mustang V8 -91
Ford Mustang V6 -96
Mercedes SLK 320 -00
Mercedes SLK 350 -05
Honda Civic -11

Got bored of my SLK350 and Civic and sold them and got the Polestar 2 instead.
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I came from a Kia Stinger GT (the 3.3 V6 one) to the Polestar
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Too many cars to list over the years but a few of the stand out ones listed in order below.

Sierra XR4i
205 1.9 GTI Turbo Technics
Mondeo ST200
Evo 6 Tommi Makinen
Skyline R33 GTS
Civic Type R FK2
Mustang GT
And now my Polestar 2
Now that's a list! Evo 6 TME is one of my all time favourite cars.
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