Have had this thing now for 10+ years and 90,000 miles.
Went from primary car for hauling two kids to a third car that sits outside and is reserved for "dirty work".
Have been lucky enough to avoid any engine and transmission problems but the cost of multiple failed wheel bearings, sway bars, and ignition coils have really mounted - especially for a relatively low-mileage vehicle.
Still, the fact that we still have this car says a lot about it. It is extremely versatile, in terms of hauling people and stuff.
It has always started and never broken down.
And one thing about the Swedes - they know how to make safe cars that can drive through snow!
Ten years old and does not look dated.
Timeless styling (maybe because Volvo has not yet redesigned this model...).
On-demand 4WD (no one has this anymore!).
Versatile interior. Good handling in poor weather.
Very expensive to maintain.
Weak radio antenna. No back-up camera.