I have the manual trans. and I love flipping through gears on the back country roads. The volvo rides really well, and brings a strong sense of safety while inside. The S70 has surprising jump and performance for a 5cyl. The car handles great in snow and rain (firestone affinity tires), hugs tight corners well, and driving the S70 leaves me daydreaming of rally car racing! -no joke- Only a few minor quirks but overall this car is flying under the radar as an awesome sedan - and this is comparing to the bmw 3series and vw passat
Flimsy cup holders. the car is designed for safety so the interior can take a while to adjust to-odd head rests, blind spots, and the feeling that any way you adjust the seat you are still sitting up straight. Expensive sensor repair(I hear) Have yet to fix my O2 sensor for 6months out of bill fear
Bought this car used with 79,000 miles on it. My wife and I love this car at first. The ride was far above other sedans we had driven. Even the standard 5 cyl. has good pickup and can really go at high speeds. We love the look and design as well. The maintenance has been a different story. When I bought the car it only had one owner before me and the service manual was beautiful all stamped by cert. volvo. I felt good when I left the lot. Not 1 week went by and window switch went out ($200). Next it was a vacuum thing ($200). We kept up with the maintenance as well which is average $400 a pop. 2 oxy sensors ($500) and a/c evap. ($1000). Sold vehicle in 2006. great drive not reliable
Handling, best ride of any car (honda, toyota, or nissan). Great interior look. Love the leather and woodgrain.
Reliability. Terrible Cup holders!!! Hard to justify Spending all that money on maintaining and still having so many problems. With honda and the others its change oil and timing belt and get many, many miles. Rather have reliability than luxury at this cost.
I really have enjoyed owning this car. In manages to be compact on the outside, yet so roomy on the inside. It's getting old now, and has 160,000 miles on it, but people still comment, "I like your NEW Volvo", and every time someone new gets in they say, "wow, this car is comfortable!" Beyond that, it never breaks, is fun to drive, returns reasonable mileage, and is incredibly practical.
The large one-touch sunroof, the tight turning circle, and the TURBO!
This is my first volvo. We purchased in PA and live in MN, so we had a great introduction to its quality on the ride home. Mechanically - this car is a very solid purchase. It performs extremely well, the suspension is very fun, and the brakes are great. You can really tell that it is very high quality car. It's not without the quirks you usually find in European cars and it is more expensive to maintain. Service lights come on fairly often, but you soon learn that life has not stopped if check engine comes on. It's just how the car works. It eventually goes off (and there's plenty of info online from other volvo owners).
The car is quick for its weight (it's a volvo and it's safe, so it's also heavy). The brakes / suspension /interior comfort are from another world if you're used to US/Japanesse cars. It's just a different style of building a car. AWD is very nice in MN.
Quirky electronics / computer system could be improved. Cost of maintenance is higher than domestic cars.
Adequate power. Pleasing engine sound. 30 mpg highway, 24 city. Very comfortable. Chintzy cupholders. Bottom of dash beginning to tear off; did a DIY with some tape and glue. Otherwise fairly solid interior. Leather seats remain in beautiful shape. Good storage space with seats forward. Beautiful styling, reminds me of the better VWs. Outstanding handling, good in emergencies. Multiple sensor malfunctions - ABS, TRACs, BRAKE light, Check Engine, Transmission, ETS (accompanied with revving engine @ idle). Have learned to ignore the less dangerous (e.g. the amber ones), as it is an older car. Very happy if you're willing to see past some of the quirks.
Seats. Mileage and power. Handling. Safety features.