Bought this car used 10/2006 - 82k on it.
Now I'm up to 181,775.
Other than faulty trunk latch had no real issues until 2009.
Had to replace driveshaft ($750 DIY).
Other than eating up tires it really was a good car until no one caught the leak in the transfer case ($1,700 bad mechanic/$780 dealership fixed).
ABS went bad but as eariler - Victor Rocha is a GOD! ($125).
If you can do some of the work yourself I highly recommend it.
The complicated stuff - make sure you KNOW that the mechanic who is working on it can actually fix it properly or just suck it up and go to a dealership.
In So. Mich. go with Sesi Volvo. One final word of advices - if you hear a noise DO NOT IGNORE IT!
Handling, Turbo, Heated seats, cargo area (great for dogs!), comfy road tripping car with lots of space for stuff along the route.
Great for hauling things - pets, kids, straw, wood, fishing gear, livestock (and with a two position cargo net live things stay put! (but if not the seats wipe clean...)
Have had a lot of fun in it!
Drive train needs work.
Could use better cup holders.
Sun roof needs better seals.
Paid 5K$ for a V70 XC AWD Turbo with 95,420 miles plus 2K$ trade in. Biggest problem was failing Electronic Throttle Montrol (ETM) causing car to stumble and hesitate intermittently. Solution was to replace ETM with rebuilt/re-designed (non-mechanical) ETM for $689 plus $196 labor for installation. In first year have also had to replace serpentine belt, AC evaporator core, rack and pinion power steering assembly, catalytic converter, timing belt, engine mounts and rear stabilizer assembly - totaling another $8800 in parts and labor. Runs well now - hoping for another 100K mi
turbo power when needed, leather heated seats, sound system, look of car
Don't buy a used one unless all of the abve has been done - and then expect to spend $14K...
I always wanted a Volvo wagon ever since I was a kid, so I was thrilled when I got my 2000 Volvo (used). Since purchasing the car in 2004, I have easily put in $12,000+ on major items: AWD system, new radiator, rebuilt transmission, etc. While I love this car when it's working - it's powerful and feels safe - I dread when the engine light goes on (which is quite often). Just found out I need a new catalytic converter and two O2 sensor - another $1700 repair. This time, I'm trading it in - I just can't see putting any more money into this car! I will NEVER EVER purchase another European car again...I'm going with Subaru for my next station wagon. I can see from this site many others agree!
Love the way it looks and its powerful engine. I feel safe when I drive.
Yes - emulate the Japanese cars so you don't find yourself in the shop with major repairs several times a year.
The car is very solid, it is well appointed with heated seats, retractable sun roof, the 2.4l motor has turbo. Overall this was a very good purchase: I travel many highway miles, the car hugs the road, and the turbo makes the fuel economy soar. The maintenance fits into the domestic price league so Costco oil changes & lubes for $35 are perfect choice for budget minded car owners. The awd in the recent snow with all season tires was ample. Overall, a very good car, fun to drive and safe with the kids.
- heated seats - turbo on the motor, gifts of fuel economy - ease of maintenance (not essential to see <$$$$$> dealer) - retractable sun roof.. let the sunshine in - hip looking car for a 2.4l.
- the service light is nearly impossible to turn off. It is clear that Volvo wants you to pay the customary $29 for the technician to reset it. Bummer.
...and my last; hello Toyota!. This car is a disaster, I had a lot of problems from the start: rear axle fell off, blew 3 injectors, catalytic converter, one headlight does not work anymore, driver door cracks, weak air conditioner even after a $2,500 repair, also quite a few false alerts from the check engine light coming on for various defective sensors, and a host of other annoying issues. The Volvo dealers have always this attitude that they are doing you a favor to attend to your car. Also forget about getting an appointment less than a week ahead. The dealer in Hyannis took 3 days to replace one injector (no courtesy car)..
Very comfortable car, great seats, nice ride, great radio,
Insane repair cost, poor reliability of the car in general, poor dealers support: repairs are often not done right the first time but nobody seems to care. The downhill quality of the car and service seem to have started with the Ford takeover of the brand.