In general always buy low engine models in any brand: the hype of more hp
is a marketing trick. So with volvo stick with the 168 hp engine. Turbo's
allways are more prone to problems (as in any brand car)...Road handling
more important than racing to next stoplight...we bought this 1996 model on
dec 27 1996 (showroom model) and -knock wood- have never had any major
problems. Very low maintenance costs, thanks to a local swede-car
mechanic (would have been much more expensive with dealer service, our
advise is to avoid the dealer network, they are ripping you off with
unnecessary repairs). Very reliable, spacy and comfortable.
Great visibility what's happening around the car. This is key for safety, more
so than all the gadgets such as airbags, . This is what I call active safety.
The purring sound of the 5 cylinders. I have driven many automobiles but the
850 engine sounds grrrreat............
Powwer steering too indirect. More direct steering needed.