This is my third Volvo. Like so many on here, I thought I would be a Volvo owner for life. This was my first new car. I saved up my money and paid almost $40,000 to buy it brand new. Volvo dealer "forgot" to send out the extended warranty, so I missed out on buying it. I wasn't too worried because I maintained my car perfectly. I planned for this car to last for at least the next ten years. Well, two years ago the air conditioning condenser broke and I was told it would cost $200 for the part, but $2,300 for the labor. It seems the entire dashboard has to be removed to reach the condenser. I'm deeply disappointed in the poor quality of this vehicle and am about to unload it.
Handled great in any weather -- snow, ice, rain. Incredible on the road.
Cost of owning has been unbelievably expensive. Repairs have been a nightmare. Perhaps I just got a lemon, but I never dreamed a new car could have so many repairs. I have to sell it as I can't afford the repair bills and because I really need A/C.
I have owned both the 90 240 sedan and 85 240 wagon. I still have my 85 wagon and love it even with 200,000 plus... safe, sturdy and dependable, though quite noisy. After having kids it was a natural progression to go to the V70 but after the 100000 mark it has been a big disappointment. Computer problems with unclear diagnosis, interior cosmetic problems like leather pulling away from doors, visor flopping down, interior plastic pulling away from the tailgate, rubber edging falling off the door and more. We treat the car well and gently (never slamming the doors). I have spent $2000 to maintain the car in 2004 (that's without fixing the leather interior/tailgate).Not what Volvo used to be.
Easy to drive, good turning radius, convenient 3rd seat option.
This car is an engineering marvel as
far as the fit, finish and drive are
concerned. Before buying ensure there
are no oil leaks a the oil return line
is often trouble. The part online is
$90 ($120 at dealer), and an easy do it
yourself. The traction control module
is notorously flaky. Test by slamming
on breaks and then gas on gravel or
sand before buying. If the TRACS or
ABS lights come on, run. Part alone is
$800, though you can trade your old one
in online and get a rebuilt one for
about $150 (see www.swedespeed.com
forum). Check out Internet Volvo
forums before heading in for repair as
many high $ repairs are actually a $40
sensor gone bad.
Great seats, and seat heaters.
Outstanding brakes and acceleration.
Great lights and windshield tinting
(tinting around mirror between visors
helps wonderfully on sunny mornings
driving East or evenings driving West!
Best stock sound system of any car,
My parents actually own this car.
After owning 4 acuras, went to the
volvo wagon because acura/honda didn't
make a wagon. Big mistake -so many
problems passin TN emissions (multiple
times) mechanic said the best fix for
this car was to find someone to drive
it off a cliff. Car is in the shop
about once every 1-2 months, this
should not happen on a car that costs
33K new. We have even talked to Volvo
rep for our area, they were
unsympathetic. On the plus side, car is
great on the highway and very safe,
decent gas mileage, but on the whole we
will never buy a volvo again.
No "driver's cycle" to reset computer
Purchased vehicle to get safest car for
my family. Found multiple areas of poor
reliability: oxygen sensors, brakes,
turbo oil-line return seal- and now at
80K the ABS/Traction control computer is
out ($700). Maint. costs in 7 yrs=
$6500. Selling vehicle because I can't
take it anymore.