I have driven this car in snow, rain, ice, and the deserts of AZ and nothing has slowed it down. I even drove it up a running river (not very deep) on a camping trip once. It holds my mtn bike if I fold the seats down, and I've slept in it a few times too. Yeah, it's a bit expensive to service and I think it's a little funny looking but I couldn't be much happier with a wagon! Just be sure to stay up on your maintenance because it's way cheaper than repairing something once it breaks.
Everything has systematically broken down, cracked, snapped off or ripped on this car. My mechanic even shakes his head at the ridiculously poor quality of this vehicle.
I spent well over 10,000 on mechanical repairs in the last 6 years, always thinking that each trip to the mechanic would be the last.....Ha! In addition to that expense- the following have happened: glove compartment hinge broken, electrical door locks and windows don't always work, panel by drive shaft cracked, side view mirror adjuster broken off, most speakers are not working, locking system on back hatch doesn't always close, vent panel for defrost fell off, and more burnt out head and tail lights than imaginable.
First, after much review perhaps the XC models have far more problems than the 2.4T V70.
I am at 124,000 and this car is the most comfortable, reliable and all around best car to drive. I also own a 2008 Audi A4, and although the Audi is the prize, I lean more toward driving the Volvo ALL THE TIME! The only issue I had was the radiator modulator going bad, which ran me about 575 dollars and only because my friend is a mechanic! Volvo would have easily been a 1000 plus job! But you know the parts are pricey, find a trusting local guy or do the regular maintenence yourself, it pays!
That said I commute just shy of 90 miles a day and this car runs so smooth it is a pure joy. Also good on gas!
Favorites are the heated seats in winter, ice cold A/C in summer, SMOOTHE RIDE!, Fuel economy for a wagon is excellent, the POWER of the turbo is fantastic also, you will move when you want to and no one will even suspect it out of this somewhat unaspicious, less assuming beauty.
Safety is also great, take a look behind you when you drive the wagon and you will realize, if one day some genius is texting or drunk
driving and rams you from behind (enter joke here) then you will be more likely to be aok. The storage is better than most SUVs also!
Heat controls get funny, you have to adjust (this is a common flaw) but once you get it down, it becomes a part of this cars character strangely enough.
so i bought my volvo new in 2001 and i am currently at 400,000 miles, what did i do, i changed the oil every 4k miles, changed the timing belt every 105k miles, i did have to fix the gas gauge cause the bobber in the fuel tank was stuck, and let me think what else oh i needed to put a new cd player in it bought it a stock one from ebay for 50 bucks, people are just stupid you cant just drive a car and expect it to last without normal matanice, you guys complain ill be back when mine reaches a million miles and thats my word.
Volvo's are, like most European cars for people who like to drive.
Despite being needlessly burdened with a 4wd system, riding 3" too high , and having 300lbs of extra weight, this car actually handles competently.
I do my own work on the car so repair costs aren't really an issue but if you had to have it worked on it would be pretty expensive to maintain properly.
It is certainly more expensive to run than a Kia Sorento which is because it is not a Kia Sorento.
I like the fact that everything is heavy duty, even the leather on the seats is surprisingly thick.
The interior is super rugged.
with extra fasteners all over the place for secure connections.
The engine / driveline is easy to work on.
I put a heater core in at 150000 and it was the easiest heater core I ever replaced.
The car drives great, but the xc has lighter steering than the regular v70 which is poor.
The controls are well layed out and big enough to use which is a refreshing change.
The seats are firm and supportive.
The wagon has a ton of space and easy access.
The rear seats are real seats.
The car has great visibility.
The mileage is outstanding for what it is (too bad you can't give manual diesel estates away in America)
The window control buttons were covered with some kind rubber that decayed and became sticky residue.
Alcohol easily dissolves the goo, but no need for that in the first place.
The car has no rust anywhere, except... the center bearing support is completely rusted through and corrupt.
Never seen anything like it.
The viscus coupling for 4wd is a nonsense design that requires careful wheel placement based on diameter.
Pop a tire and replace two??? Not a good idea.
The upper engine mount does a great job isolating the passengers from the engine vibration, but fails on a regular basis.
A car like this should have a 110v outlet especially being a rugged kind of car.