This car will not die on you if you take care of it.... well... even if you dont it probably still wont die...
this car can go faster than you EVER need a car to go, and its fuel economy is amazing considering its a hunk of metal.( i get about 28 to the gallon)
Best part. they sell for cheap! lots of people who get them, sell them simpely because they have a flat tire, a fuse blows, spark plugs get old, or they get a newer car.
seriously changing your oil and occationally checking your fluids, is all this car seems to need.
Amazing protective shell, and effective overdrive.
(mine got hit by a semi, and got a dent in the door.. door was replaced... good as new!..
as for the semi... front end crumpled, driver almost died, truck totaled.)
ive debated geting a better transmition, but hoonestly, this car doesn't need anything.
My boyfriend had one in his garage for about a year before I bought mine. Even though he didn't drive it, he refused to sell it to me because he was too attached. Now I have my own. It's a wonderful car. I love the boxy (but not too boxy like 740s) look. Runs great, comfortable. Always reliable.
My seats are always so comfortable even for extended amounts of time. I love the interior and exterior colors and design. I love the sound the engine makes and how well it runs. I also like how many features they come with!
Doors get creaky. Brakes tend to be loud with no fixing them. Door cubbies break.
As mentioned earlier, find a good local mechanic to fix this car and stay away from the dealer or prepare to be taken to the cleaners! You may run into oil leak troubles with this model. Mine's been leaking slowly for five years and five different mechanics have been unable to fix it except for very short stretches. I paid $4K for this car when it had 70K original miles. Not a bad deal but I've put at least $5K into it over six years so it's affectionately known as the $9,000 washer/dryer. This car isn't cheap to fix but overall it's been reliable (no major repairs and it's going on 209K miles)! The single most expensive repair bill was $1,300 for various items around 150K miles.
Heater, fuel injection (makes a four- cyl feel like a slow six), interior styling, solid metal body (no fiberglass), sunroof, head rests, feels solid overall and has nice-sized trunk (overall, feels very elegant inside) and it's fun to drive with the added XM2Go Satellite Radio!
Add cupholders, airbag broken, stronger AC, plastic exterior trim is feeble and interior plastic door frames crack easily, sunroof leaks (but only when put through an automatic carwash--it's fine in torrential rain).
A Toyota Camry from this era is probably a more economical car to own, but the Volvo makes more of a statement and has it's certain little features that I can appreciate. A word to the wise if you plan on buying a Volvo from this era; make friends with your local Volvo mechanic, becuase a dealer will take you to the cleaners. Also, finding decent used parts for this car has been very easy as well; my local junkyard usually has a few Volvos like mine lying around. I have had two front end collisions with the car, as well as a break in, and I was able to find used parts at a fairly decent price for each incident. Mechanically, the car has never let me down through much use & abuse. Period.
The heater is phenominal(but lacks in AC), ironclad styling & performance, smooth ride, very comfortable seats, straightforward ergonomics, and basic repairs/maintenance can be preformed by the shade tree mechanic. It's just your basic old-school Volvo(not the corrupt "Volvo Taurus" of today).
Tailight assembly wasn't one of the most thought out designs on the car, the air conditioning has issues(as most Volvos of this era do), the high- beams can be accidently flashed when using turn signal, interior trim pieces composed of plastic can wear out under normal use & abuse of a car this age.