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.
I bought this car new in 1998 for almost
$40000 including a third row seat, taxes
etc. I'm about to trade it in for $5000
(if I'm lucky). The repairs that this
car has needed are incredible - leaks
from everywhere, shot turbocharger, A/C,
broker power locks, busted ABS, "Check
Engine" light on constantly, failed
inspection multiple times, burns lights,
brakes and tires very quickly. The car
is luxurious and rides well, and handles
excellently in bad weather. However,
given all the problems, I would never
buy a volvo again.
Heated seats, power adjustable seats,
smooth ride, bad weather handling,
Improve the quality of components,
across the board. Fix electrical
problems. Longer warranty.