I bought it off dealer lot. I had a bug to buy a station wagon, but the European offerings weren't affordable. A car that ran fine on 87 octane gas would have precluded them from consideration, anyway. The LW200 handles the Interstate just fine; did a couple off long trips just fine. Fuel pump issues. What can I say, the LW200 had it too, mine died at 87,000 miles. Before that, the car would have trouble starting; the engine wouldn't fire up, or hesitate when mashing the gas pedal (rpms would drop before the car decided it would take off). I had to replace the AC condenser at 82000 miles; it developed a leak during a hot July day in 2007. It's an okay platform for hauling my stuff.
6'5 3 kids and an affinity for Euro wagons. First, I fit and comfortably. My 3 boys fit (9, 9 and 5). The get up and go is great and easily will cruise at 90mph (oops). Styling ok, not as cramped as the Saab it is based on but performs almost as well. Little too much give if pushed hard in faster turns. Mileage takes a hit if I hover over 70mph. Hwy/city combined the worst I have got was 25mpg. The best was around 27mpg. AC, takes a little getting used to the Auto feature is a bit quirky, but I usually set a temp and adjust just the speed and works great. Stereo is good clean sound good volume. Leather is comfy, and love the heated seats on those long drives. Really like this car and size.
I had to get rid of this car because of the auto climate control. It was at the dealer twice and I was told there was no fix. I froze in the winter months. The cruise control did not work in the Colorado/New Mexico region (stayed in overdrive forever) Top gas mileage on the highway was 24 MPG. Advertised MPG was 29. I would have kept the car if it had manual air because it was fun to drive.
I have an LW300 wagon and was overly impressed with all the features that came with the price! There is plenty of leg room and the cargo space is just the size I need with three children. It also helps to have the DVD player with the kids for all the long road trips we take. The only issue I have is with the engine noise coming into the cabin when sitting in idle. When I took my car in for service, I was told that this was "normal". I believe that this problem only happens with the wagons. Otherwise, I would recommend this car to anyone looking for all the features without the high price.