Bought this car new in 2000, it has 153,000 miles, serviced every 3,000 miles: Since then replaced (besides normal service items i.e. timing belt, filters, etc.): Front struts Brakes 5 times Front rotors Motor mount Cataylic converter ($1,000) Ignition part Fuel Pressure regulator Turbo seal Car has lousy paint. And, it is important to ensure you have a good 4 wheel alignment for tire life. I guess so long as my repair bills do not exceed new car payments, I'll keep driving it.
It is fun to drive (great handling), gets great gas mileage if driven conservatively (30 mpg), excellent motor and transmission (so far).
I understand Volvo has corrected the paint issue. The center console arm rest is a nusance.
Im saddened to here the negatives although i have not had it long i love it! I had a 1969 Volvo before and i loved that one too i have had Honda's,Fords and a Toyota and they all stink big time!! So i decided to go back to Volvo i am soooo glad i did, now when i see a Honda on the road i cant help but laugh, because they are trouble on wheels! If you want to complain about a Volvo go get a Honda if they dont rust to peaces then they will break into peaces, yes parts are expensive for Volvo, but they dont seem to break my 1969 Volvo after 6 years the only problem i had was getting someone to set the twin SU carbs.
Reliable and comfortable and a nice sound system and a incredible suspension system unlike a Honda which feels like the wheels are busy falling off!!!
one thing they could improve is the cup holders they are too shallow and don't hold the bottles very well, so far that's all i can complain about!
Yes this car has its problems, every car does. For the most part the pluses outweigh problems. The styling is classic, It's very fast and fun to drive. Huge sunroof, amazing on gas, fits anywhere and AMAZING in the snow (was as good as my 4wd Jeep I owned). Aside from keeping up on things that break from time to time, it's a very solid/safe smaller car.
Sound quality of the radio is very close to an alarm clock. The in dash cup holder is a waste (but there are 2 more in the console).
on top of the frequent problems, such as ignition and, frequently, the sensor system, there were problems with the front end wearing out so quickly,and finally, like the 'passing' of an overly-annoying dog, the car died at only 124k miles -- overheated and ruined the cylinder heads, with about 5 seconds of warning.
i liked the cupholder that blocks the radio when its used, and breaks after the fourth year
If you're going to charge "European" prices, you should at least make a car that lasts longer than a kia.
This car has been awesome. I bought it and did some work too it (400 dollars) and it lasted me a 4k round trip with no problems. I do know about all of the claims to infamy on here, like the battery not starting on the third day, you needed to reset the computer. The rough idle is either motor mounts (problem on all volvos) or ignition coils. The cup holder had to be put there because there was nowhere else to put it, if it was under the arm rest then the arm rest couldn't come down all the way. So there you have it, it is a good car and if you take care of it and know how to take care of the Swedish/Japanese beauty she will take care of you.