Cannot explain how poor this car has been. 8 years of ownership = $9000+ in repairs (excluding maintenance)=> Power Steering Pump, Tensioner Pulleys, Radiator (twice!), Catalytic Converter, Fuel Rail, Idle Control Valve, Electronic Sensors, Oil Seals, Insulation off of Wiring - things that should not fail!
The few days that is ran correctly - it was a great car
Volvo built an incredibly bad car in 1995 - my experience is typical
This is an amazing car considering what I put it through. It has been stuck in the mud twice! Pulled out washed up good as new. I regularly test the straight six on the highway and it always responds well. Its rpm's rev up and then it goes a lot like a turbo but it's not. I also recently drove my Volvo which has 128,000 miles on it from Micihgan to Panama City, Florida non-stop both ways (almost 24 hrs one way) and it is still running like a champ. It got 26 mpg on the highway but city is much worse the rear wheel drive is awesome but living in Michigan I get stuck in snow and mud all the time. 4 wheel drive would be cool but rear is nice in the summer months
Straight six, handling, comfy seats, moonroof, looks like a tank, great trunk fits all my hockey stuff, sticks and all.
Better cup holders, better city mpg, larger back seat,
I was looking for safety,
stability, "not new" (parking at
college can ruin a car), and an auto
that we could agree on for my college-
aged child and I drove the car for six
months before I sent it to him. I
really enjoyed the way it handled
(stable), instrumentation, location of
controls, etc. I was also glad to find
that the fuel economy was not bad at
all (compared to other vehicles we have
owned). My general driving to an from
work averaged a 24mpg. On longer
distance runs I had up to 29mpg. Very
impressive for such a heavy car!
Gearstick---unlock pressed with fingers
rather than thumb--more efficient and
easier on arthritic hands.
Suspension and brakes--when wet, they
make creaking noises that bother me.
Electrical management--very complicated
system that requires complete reworking
when one little thing is out of order.
That's my cars name. I bought him from a neighbor after the car sat for 1.5 years. It had two Major oil leaks and a Major league corroded battery disaster. After spending $600 and sweat, he was serviceable. Not bad. Since then I've replaced the front control arm bushings. Still needs ball- joints on the same arm. Speakers crackle, tensioner pulley. I'm still way ahead. Not a bad idea to know how to work on them if you own one. Solid car. It weighs 5k lbs, its a tank but doesn't feel it. No body rattle, doors and all Windows incl sunroof operate, a/c works. I enjoy Hans.
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