Used 1997 Volvo 960 Sedan

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1997 Volvo 960

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vehicle overview

Don't expect the 960 to hang around forever. Next year, Volvo's product line expands with the addition of the sporty C70 Coupe, the new 850 sedan and wagon, and an Outback-like 850 T-5 Wagon sporting all-wheel drive. When these new image models arrive, the 960 will become even more redundant than it already is.

The 960's styling is attractive, and cuts wind drag at speed. Under the clean lines are a strong chassis and competent suspension. The 2.9L V6 produces its power and torque peaks at low rpm for better driveability. The business-like interior contains a few oddly placed controls, but is a nice place to spend time. Seats are supremely comfortable front and rear. Still, the fact remains that this car is smaller inside, heavier, and more expensive than the 850. Worse, it's less powerful than all but the base 850, and gets worse gas mileage.

What's the 960 got going for it? A full load of standard equipment, for starters. Leather interior, alloy wheels, power sunroof, anti-lock brakes, automatic climate control, premium sound system, heated exterior mirrors, dual power seats, and a multitude of power accouterments are all included in the base price. Rear-wheel drive for better balance and dry-weather handling is a plus. Wagons add an integrated child safety seat. Standard side-impact airbags are nice, and the creased sheetmetal stands out in a class of look-alike blob-mobiles.

The 960 competes in the overcrowded near-luxury segment, and is a good choice for folks looking for something a little different. Fully optioned, a 960 sedan runs about $36,000. But does it offer value? We don't think so, particularly with the larger, more powerful 850 GLT sitting next to it in the showroom.

1997 Highlights

Automatic load leveling joins the options list for the wagon, while tailored leather seating is no longer available on the wagon.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1997 Volvo 960.

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Most helpful consumer reviews

Sunroof & Brakes
Larry,09/27/2006
This is my third Volvo. I have been VERY disappointed with the poor quality sun roof. After having it repaired five times (three under warranty) I finally gave up. In addition, this car eats brake pads and ended up needing new pads every 9-12 months. Cup holders in interior are a joke.
safe
Cheshiresmile,11/15/2004
This is my third Volvo. I buy them for safety. It may be my last though. I am tired of mystery bits of plastic falling off constantly. I've replaced the sunroof twice and the roof still leaks. The cup holders are useless. The leather on the doors is pulling off. The brakes need replacing 1-2 times a year. the driver's visor won't stay up and there is no way to repair it without replacement. It is a comfortable ride and I love the look of the interior. The turning radius is impressive for a car this big and heavy.
Good car
browns31687,05/22/2003
leather is falling apart
Solid, comfortable, strong 6 cly power, safe.
Tom,11/25/2017
In 330,000k I have not major repairs, only keeping up with the maintenance. involved. Ft rotors had to be upgraded, kept warping, added Zimmer disc issue 100 percent gone. Added bigger exhaust and improved airbox, added 0 to 60 to 5.5 seconds.
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Features & Specs

MPG
16 city / 24 hwy
Seats 0
4-speed automatic
Gas
181 hp @ 5200 rpm
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Safety

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
    0

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Should I lease or buy a 1997 Volvo 960?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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