by ivorytickler on Mar 4, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 Volvo 960 4dr Wagon
We've owned Volvo for years, and traded a 1988 740 Turbo for our current 1997 960 in September 2001.
Our current mileage is 169,000, and other than routine maintenance, our car has been reliable, comfortable and trouble-free.
Yes, the plastic interior bits do tend to fall off and the sunroof leaks, but the car's long-distance comfort, safety, and high spec make it an ideal purchase for those on a budget who desire a safe, solid and agile vehicle.
The key is to find a good mechanic who specializes and let him look after the maintenance.
Running costs are much less than a Mercedes or BMW.
We average 20mpg city/26 hwy.
The '98 V70 is the same car, and the last year for this body style.
by 960 fan on Mar 12, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Volvo 960 4dr Wagon
have all praise for this car. last of the roomy comfy wagons. Only buyer beware is poor Volvo service nowadays. cannot invest today's Volvo prices, and risk big service $$$$ with poor service quality, numerous, repeated trips over same problems. more than one dealership. Sad for what was once a great company. we're now looking at VW, Subaru, after years with Volvo.
by mlmain on Aug 13, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Volvo 960 4dr Wagon
I agree with the others: an all-around great car. The only glaring piece of poor workmanship is the cup holder--- surely Volvo could have done better than this. Very smooth engine, largely due to its being an inline six. And rear drive contributes to better weight distribution. Rear drive also makes possible the short turning radius-no problems with tight u-turns. I have mixed premium gas with intermediate without a problem. Agreed, radio reception isn't the best, as others have observed.After several years, my air conditioning output is getting weak, but that may only require a recharge of refrigerant- --I hope! Front window sill coverings are pulling away. Am very pleased overall.
by Jenna on Feb 4, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Volvo 960 4dr Wagon
This is the most favorite car that I've owned (Nissan Maxima - 2 of them and an Acura Legend). January 2009 turned over 200K miles. Smooth ride and super dependable. Power is there when needed, so don't underestimate this car where performance is concerned. Premium fuel must be used, always. I average in-town 20.4 miles per gallon. Regular maintenance by Volvo specialized mechanic is paramount. I wish they still made these cars.
by Aimee on Sep 3, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Volvo 960 4dr Wagon
I have owned this car for three years now and the car is 11 years old. Great performance, very reliable for it's age. I have only replaced the brakes and rotors once. That's not bad in three years. My only complaint is the cup holders. They are cheap and don't hold a cup. This is the last year that Volvo made there cars. Ford now builds them and I would never buy from Ford. All in all this is a great car.
by David B on Sep 1, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Volvo 960 4dr Wagon
We purchased our 960 wagon because my uncle got 375k miles out of his 93 960 wagon, so I figured there must be something to be said about the build quality and the reputation of Volvo. This car is a comfort on long drives and handles surprisingly well for a wagon. The big soft leather heated seats are wonderful and welcoming on cold days. This car is very classy and understated. We have not had any serious repairs other than routine service. Remember as with any European luxury car, you have to pay to play. If you want a car that you can feel really good about driving your family around in and not worry about who will steal or scratch it this is the car.
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