A great long distance driver! The 960 is WAY more reliable than our XC which we are about to ditch. We got the 960 in good shape from neighbors in '99 w/only 38K miles on it. During our ownership, we replaced the catalytic converter and now the a/c evaporator and bellows, which will cost us plenty, but it's the most reliable car we have ever owned and we want to keep it going. The rest is typical stuff - oil, filter, brakes, belts, etc. Rear wheel drive is not great in snow, but just get some dedicated snow tires and take it easy and you're fine. Turning radius incredible. Seats truly comfortable.
Compared to our '99 XC? Reliability, super comfortable memory seats, better sound system, plenty of leg and head room. Compared to most cars? Simple straightforward driving with LOTS of effortless power. Great on long drives, huge c.f. storage for a wagon. Easily read dials and buttons.
Front wheel drive. Temp. gauge gave out 50 miles ago and costs $500+ to replace! I won't fix it for that kind of money, but I miss it. A built in CD player rather than just an excellent radio and tape player would've been nice.
It has been a great car although I need to replace the AC at this time. As for design flaws, it does not have a drink holder and also the CD Changer in the trunk is not convenient. Other than that we have loved this car.
I bought car from Volvo dealer at 3 yrs old and 34,000 miles, now have 71,000 I like driving this car I think more than any car I have owned, it is easy to drive, feels secure, always reliable, excellent visibilty, turns in small radius, still looks good, I averaged 27 mpg on recent 1200 mile road trip. Major work in last 4 yrs, timing belt 400.00, four wheel brake job $500.00 and just recently catylic converter and oxagen sensor, $950.00, labor rates here are 80-90 dollars/hour still repairs not too bad in 8yrs.
I love my Volvo Wagon. It has the
comfort and reliability and safety that
I want in my kid hauler. It is fun to
drive and I know I am in a really safe
car. This car has a mighty motor with
lots of pick up...handles extremely
well. I have been the sole owner and
all my maintenance has been done by the
dealership. I have had to replace the
ball joints, brakes, tires - things
that normally wear out. Since I live
in a snowy climate, I use 4 Nokia snow
tires and the winter driving mode to
get up hills etc. My gas milage is
about 19 - 20 mpg, but the car runs
well on reg. unleaded gas.
I love the seats - so comfortable - and
they heat up fast in winter. I love
the feel that I am driving a little
tank for our protection. I love the
built in child seat and the safety
features. I am amazed at what I have
carried in the back end!
I've been very happy with my 960. This
car has been very reliable. For 9 years
old it is in very good shape.
Maintenance is extremely impotent and
can be expensive if you use a dealer.
You really have to take a proactive
approach and not wait till something
goes wrong. I do all my own maintenance
that keeps my running costs low. Things
like timing belt and fluids are
critical. If you take care of it, it
will take care of you.
Reliability, room and build quality.
After 9 years all the accessories still
work. There is plenty of room under the
hood to work on this car if you are so
inclined. The power will surprise the
guy in the next lane.