The car is not that old and I have had
to replace, as far as I can tell,
everything. The turbo (!), the
brakes, the catalytic converter, and
lots of things with mysterious names
and big price tags.
I think the car is really fun to drive
and it is the most comfortble car in
the world. I also think whoever
designed and built it was having a bad
day. As much as I love the car when
it is working, I would say that this
is a car to stay away from.
Turbo, horsepower, and seats. There
are may nice features that make life
It breaks down, and in really big
ways, all of the time.
Bought CPO at 23K. 2 months later, the
front axle and transmission needed to
be replaced. I've also needed to
replace the Turbo & Catalytic
converter. Carfax clean, volvo
certified. From reading Msg boards, I
have one of the better dealers who
replaces everything as warranty work -
not always the case. Car now has 43K
and it's decision time as New car
warranty is expiring. I bought this to
be a long term tank, but not the case.
Stick with the pre-1998 for quality
(pre-ford years). My first Volvo was
amazing, not this one. Also, check
message boards, I'm not the only one
with this opinion. JD Powers and
associates is downgrading Volvo quality.
Wonderful wagon, very fast and
comfortable. Experience has been mostly
positive but car is not without
shortcomings. Stiff suspension makes
around town driving an exercise in
patience. Numerous rattles throughout
the interior make it necessary to crank
the stereo. Once on the highway
however, the car is very quiet. Dealer
feels the nature of being a wagon,
coupled with the amount of aluminum
used in the build results in chassis
flex which causes all the rattling.
Another disappointment is the fuel
economy. A combination of city/highway
miles with a conservative driving style
nets about 19 mpg.
Safety features - I feel there is no
better vehicle for avoiding and surving
accidents than a Volvo. AWD is a
pleasure and makes winter driving a
breeze. Sound system is great but the
disc changer has broken twice requiring
an entire stereo replacement by the
Obviously, the interior noise needs to
be addressed. Specifically, our rear
hatch has rattled since receiving the
car. Approximately six attempts by the
dealer to fix have been unsuccessful.