I will never buy a volvo again. I don't
know why everyone thinks they're such
great cars. In less than 6 months at
76,000 I had to replace blown heater
lines, the bearing that holds the drive
shaft (so it wouldn't bang against the
bottom of the car), a blown head gasket
(stupid aluminum engine), and an
endless headache of electrical
problems: power roof switch, dash
lights going out, and drivers side
heated seat stopped heating. Under the
hood the electrical is crap, too. The
interior quality is crap, too. The trim
would come loose and it had tons of
squeeks and rattles.
Ignoring the rattles and when
everything was working, the ride was
smooth and the engine had plenty of
power. Also the seats were very
comfortable and the interior is very
roomy. The turning radius is wicked.
The last of the rear wheel drive volvo
(later called S/V90) Truely a perfect
combination of power and comfort.
Smooth inline 6 aluminum engine
producing 200HP (1995+models
dropped to 180HP -cam profile
changed to higher torque at lower
The nivomats suspention provides
supirior ride quality even with a full
Priority maintainance:Timming belt
Anwsers at www*brickboard*com
Power + comfort
Well made Sweedish machine.
Design flaws result from
You would think that after building
this car for soo many years that Volvo
would have paid more attention to the
details. The same switches that failed
on my 86 740 wagon failed again on my
92 960 wagon. The electrical demons
under the hood came back ten fold on
this model and I had to endure poorer
performance from a six cylinder engine
than I had from my old four banger.
Doesn't Volvo have any engineers left
that look at these long term problems
and actually address some of them?
After looking at the minivan offerings
I still bought a Volvo wagon. You can't
beat the space and the improved ride
and handling over what the minivans
offer. The third seat is great for the
kids (only kids) and the safety record
of the car goes without saying.
Hey Volvo, fire the company that makes
your switches and find someone that can
make a window go up and down. I also
don't understand the overpricing of
replacement parts when I know for a
fact that BMW uses some of the same
driveline parts and is 30% less than
what you're asking.
I have newer cars but I always prefer this car, it's fast but would never draw attention to the cops. My dogs love it because it's not so high off the ground easy to get into. It runs along at 80+ like a Mercedes without the Mercedes non sense of sky high repair bills.
I've had my 960 wagon for a few years and the only problems I've had have been caused by mechanics who lacked the intelligence needed to get the job done right the first time. After 10 model years, it is superior to just about every new car available for under $40K. It's the ultimate road trip car, and works suprisingly well in the winter with a round of snow tires. The paint job on this car is outstanding too.
Power: 204hp, 2500RPM at 75MPH
Seating: roomy and comfortable
The 960 is loaded
The plastic nipple that leads to the overflow tank for the plastic radiator is an incredibly stupid design. The garage I go to broke this nipple and had to replace the entire radiator. That cost the dealership $500. That's right, $500 for a PLASTIC RADIATOR. Maybe that's a good deal in Sweden.
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