I have a love affair with this car. It's beautiful with a restrained luxury and it is very reliable. I had it moved from Los Angeles to Maryland, and it has never missed a beat, even in the coldest and snowiest weather. It has only required regular maintenance. It is my third Volvo, however, probably my last. I think it lost ground when Ford acquired it. Also, I don't like the look of the S90.
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
Like the old volvo style and have
really enjoyed the handling and comfort
but it has been a maintenance
nightmare. Electrical problems with
many features such as transmission
settings, shiftlock, seat adjustments,
etc. Two A/C compressors and two rear
crank seal failures. Have heard good
things about other Volvo models but
this isn't one I would recommend.
I've owned a BMW and a lexus...my volvo
leave them in the dust. Put 11K on it
without a single problem outside the
regular maintaince. The inline six is
smooth and very powerful for a 9 year
old car. Handling is great. Awesome
sound system. Classic Volvo style
inside out. The only thing that bugged
me was the cup holder (very flemsy but
useful with a steady hand). Moving out
of state is forcing me to sell, my
heart will break to see it go. This car
left such a impreesion on me that I'm
now a loyal Volvo enthusiast and will
buy another in a heartbeat. If you
find either a used 960 or S90, BUY
Power, handling, sound system,
legendary Volvo safety, very luxurious,
the hidden storage compartment in the
rear arm rest (my favorite).
The cup holders (but I can easily
overlook that) other than that this car
is a perfect 10.