Used 1996 Volvo 960

1996 Volvo 960
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vehicle overview

After receiving considerable attention to detail last year, the 1996 Volvo 960 does not have many changes. This doesn't mean that this year's 960 lacks excitement, merely that the engineers at Volvo decided not to mess with a winner.

And winner it is, look closely and you will see a very appealing vehicle. The styling is attractive, and cuts wind drag at speed. Under the clean lines are a strong chassis and improved suspension, which so successfully transformed the personality of the 960 last year. The 2.9L V6 produces its power and torque peaks at lower rpm's for better drivability.

The business-like interior has generally remained the same, and except for a few oddly placed controls, it is a nice place to spend time. Leather seats are supremely comfortable, and a cornucopia of air-bags protects front seat occupants.

The 960 competes with vehicles much more expensive than it is, and is a great choice for folks looking for something a little different. Fully optioned, a 960 sedan runs around $35,000. That tally includes the leather interior, alloy wheels, CD changer, sunroof, anti-lock brakes, automatic climate control and a multitude of power accouterments. Value? Indeed.

We like the 960. It's big, comfortable, solid and offers decent performance in one luxurious package.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1996 Volvo 960.

Surprising car
whiterabbit, 2/10/2010
This has been an amazing car for me. I got it with a bit over 100,000 miles on it, and have not had to bring it to the shop for anything besides normal maintenance in the three years and additional 60,000 miles I've put on it, even after sitting twice for periods of four months when I went to school. Seats are very comfortable. Coming to this car from an old very luxurious Cadillac was an easy transition; the Volvo is about as comfortable but handles like a sports car. Very grippy, poised, and well balanced. 200 hp isn't a ton, but the large amount of torque hits hard at any rev. It has little cool features too like the door handles and a drip edge so so don't get wet when you pay a toll.
200K and still going
Steve, 9/20/2009
I purchased this Volvo 9 months ago with 194,000 miles on it, it has been a fun car to drive and haven't had a stitch of problems. The turning radius is awesome and the ride is like a tight sports ride. The body has no rust, which says alot for a Chicago car. I have now turned 204,000 and still going strong. I do like this style better than the newer ones. The only issue is the front seats won't move forward or back, everything else is great
Volvo 960
kmar, 4/26/2004
This car has been great. I am, however, having to replace a transmission switch that has gone bad. This cost about $115, but has been the only major replacement/repair needed since I have owned the car. It had 94K on it when purchased and currently has 131k and is still going. The paint and exterior has held up great. I hit a pole - almost no damage besides a paint scratch!
Amazing car
namornik, 9/6/2014
I just came through Southern Texas thunderstorm where it was raining so hard visibility was reduced to a couple of car lengths at times, or worse. I knew the car comes with a brighter taillight for just such circumstances, that's number one safety. I also noted how other smaller but good cars handled and even some of the SUV's. I was immediately aware by this that the Volvo 960 is not only safe but handles very well in difficult weather conditions. The rain was pouring down so the drains could not get it off the road fast enough - no matter which road. I was impressed how the Volvo plowed through the water and maintained complete stability. I bought it at 62500 and it's great!!!!
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Features & Specs

16 city / 24 hwy
Seats 0
4-speed automatic
181 hp @ 5200 rpm
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IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

More about the 1996 Volvo 960
Used 1996 Volvo 960 Overview

The Used 1996 Volvo 960 is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include 4dr Wagon, and 4dr Sedan.

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