Bought in 2003 to replace 1991 Volvo 245, which was in a "head on", and my wife walked away with bruises only! Have owned this car for almost 5 years, and it has been very reliable and simple to work on. Getting a mechanic who has a long history working exclusively on Volvo is a must! It is not fast, but very very solid and safe. Great for a young family.
Reliability, low cost of ownership, great utility vehicle, best turning radius of any car ever made, built like a Sherman Tank
Does not have great power, rear gate wiring harnesses are poorly designed (replaced often), mapholders break very easily.