Bought new end of '92 and presently have 141,000 miles. By far finest of 4 Volvo wagons owned incl. 240/760/V70AWD (2001 w/tranny probs @ 90,000 mi still own). Independent shop signed off on timing belt change at 60,000mi. but failed to do-failed at 65,000 mi. and they made good $5k eng. rebuild at dealer. Fabulous highway car with 25mpg fully loaded and lots of pep in town. Only very minor maint. issues since. If you can find a nice clean one-grab it!
Sleek looks and comfort-a real Volvo untainted by Ford or TATA involvement. Straight 6 really whines on the open road!N
I bought "Inge" with about 120,000 miles on her. Now has 180,000 and still going strong. Great car. Very reliable. Only problems were electrical gremlins (replace coil wires-they get brittle - make sure fuel injection harness doesn't rub through where it goes through the intake and check and clean grounds) Engine runs great. Comfortable. All the luxury features. Just wish they sold 960's with a 5 spd. like they did in Europe. Hopefully she will be good for another 180,000 miles. If not, she doesn't owe me anything!
Have owned this car for 3 years. Great car if you can do the maintenance and repairs yourself or have a good honest mechanic. Parts expensive. Need to maintain it and it will be good to you. Wiring harness to fuel injectors/coils can disintegrate and cause hard to trace problems
Comfort, performance, reliability
Wiring harnesses not designed for engine heat. This car was not offered with a manual transmission in North America. It would be a BMW killer if it was.
I bought the car with 84,150 miles when it was 16 years old. No problems other than minor: check engine light, sunroof is stuck, and other minor details mostly due to age. With premium gas and adhering to speed limits driving steadily even with a/c on I get nearly 26mpg. Power is good despite the weight and age and car insurance rates are pure joy. The car feels safe and predictable at all times, comfort and noise level are superb, and so are the turning radius, oversight, and trunk space. Due to extreme UV the leather seats are a bit dried out but I am definitely sold on Volvo and hope it will last much longer.
Very comfortable seats, great overall sight and turning radius, quiet, safe, inexpensive to insure, and very solid
More durable leather materials, should have built them much longer :)
I now understand why people say once a
Volvo owner, always a Volvo owner! I
had this wagon for over 10 years and I
loved everything about it. It was
very easy to maintain and I never had
unreasonable mechanical problems. It
has excellent acceleration and
control. I always felt VERY safe in
it. I used it for carpool for my
three kids, and three neighborhood
children, who loved the rear-facing
seat and who all fit nicely...until
now. That is the reason we finally
got a new car. The rear seat is a bit
small for the pre-teen and teenagers!
Safety, ride, comfort, gas mileage,