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By Lenny on
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2005 Volvo V50 2.4i Fwd 4dr Sport Wagon (2.4L 5cyl 5A)
Review
Sporty, comfortable ride; Steering luxurious w/short radius; good gas mileage combined with highly responsive engine; excellent dealer service in both New Orleans and Houston (love the loaner cars); seemingly inexhaustible cargo capacity for a compact wagon (three adults, three small dogs, lots of luggage and mother-in-law's personal possessions while evacuating from Katrina to Houston, then evacuating from Rita to Lake Charles and then to fort Smith - tight, but workable); generally far more reliable than CR predicted. Negatives: slightly cramped side-to-side knee room for male driver; imperfect rear vision; bind in driver seatbelt; windshield fluid tank failed (fixed after wait for part).
Favorite Features
Very peppy even though I didn't get the turbo. surprisingly large, efficient and accessible cargo area; excellent a/c; steering extraordinarily responsive; smooth transmission; daytime running lights are great convenience; attractive in and out; generally excellent fit and finish; reasonable price.
Suggested Improvements
rear visibility needs major improvement; dealers seem unable to correct bind in driver side seatbelt; hood latch is almost inaccessible; need somehow to increase side-to-side driver knee movement area; sound system is acceptable but could stand improvement and needs plug-in for MP3 or I-Pod.
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