Car was safe and solid, but repairs were frequent and costly. It is not a bargain to own, though it gets good mileage and is cheap to insure, because it was always in the shop! From the start, there were a lot of small problems with the car, from transmission issues, stalls, and starting problems to electrical issues. It is my first and my last Volvo.
Owned the car less than a year. 1st the electrical blow out, then the local Volvo repair shop recommended replacing transmission for 5-7 k. Be warned about this car. Worse than a lemon; a money pit with zero return.
i bought my 2002 Volvo S60 ASR Non-Turbo Edition back in 2006 and it has its problems but they are mainly wear items. I just Recently got my Fuel Pump Replaced for free by Volvo of Dallas located at 6600 SH 121 Frisco, TX 75034 due to Recall 220 which has to do with the fuel delivery pump flange and seal leaking under certain conditions and varying fuel quality. I love this car it is a fun car to drive and it gets 30 MPG on the highway for a car that has over 100,000 miles on the odometer i use my car mainly for Storm Spotting, I have my Volvo all decked out with Mobile Amateur Radio Equipment with a big 42 inch Dual Band Antenna Mounted on the roof i love my car and i will always buy Volvo.
the airbag system, the multifunction steering wheel, Automatic Transmission, etc, too many to list.
I bought the car at around 80K miles and the car checked out fine from my Volvo mechanic. After a snow storm, the bottom of the car was basically corroded and I needed to replace the entire exhaust system and several brackets. I was unable to find tires that would not rub against the interior wheel well, so it made this awful rubbing sound whenever I turned. The tire company insisted they sold me the manufacturer recommended tires. At 113K miles, the transmission gave out. Repair estimates are $5000-$7000. The car is basically junk now.
Car had great traction on straight roads in bad weather. Fronts seats are very comfortable.
More reliability. The car should not be falling apart after 80K miles.