Tough Volvo Powertrain....Get the 4 speed tranny .
written on 02-08-2016
Stay away from the five speed tranny (FORD). It fails early...The 4 speed automatic will go forever, as will the 5 cylinder engine. The front ends on these cars squeal, squeak...The dealer will say that you need an front end rebuilt...Don't do it...it will still squeak after you pay $2500 to get it rebuilt, and the original front end will go 250,000...if you don't mind the noise. All in all, Volvo tough...and a fun car to drive.
What a fun car to drive! Only problems are minor,
and peculiar to convertibles (this is my first). For
instance, the shoulder belt is hard to get to when
the door is closed, and the inside rearview mirror
view out of the tiny rear window is ... well, tiny.
Also, there's a huge blind spot for the driver off the
right and left rear sides in the back seat, where the
convertible top blocks a lot of the view. It's hard to
change lanes, sometimes, or to pull out into traffic
and be confident you can see oncoming traffic.
Other than this, it's a great car. We bought it used,
a year ago, and have gone through one
Pennsylvania winter so far, no problems.
Overall this car hasn't great, the recall for the ECM/Throttle body is the biggest fault. Volvo basically just patched it, the throttle body WILL fail and has to be replaced. Not a cheap repair at the dealer, 1k just for the part, I ordered a new one from another company and replaced mine myself. The ABS control module failed, replaced it myself, the cooling fan went out, the heater/AC blower went out, heater core had to be replaced also. I bought this car when it had 20k on it and I drive almost entirely on the Interstate. The turning radius is awful, a friend has a V70 and it is also. Oh, and how could I forget, the convertible top, doesn't work anymore.
This is a great car but clearly Volvo
missed a few minor beats.
1) I'm not big on cupholders, but
Europeans need to get over themselves
and install ones that work.
2) Why is the steering wheel a dirt
3) Did they not realize the seat belt
would rub the seats and make the
upholstery look like old shoes?
4) What is with that check engine
For four years, this was the car I sought; it was my dream car. Owning it can only be summed up in one word: FORD..Fix Or Repair Daily. And of course, every repair, no matter how small was excessively expensive; example, the cost to replace the light bulb which illuminates the automatic transmission selector panel is $85. In addition to having never needed this done in even an Americam car, to replace this bulb required that the back seat, console, and gear selector be removed to access the bulb.