first of all, for everyone whining about the thing breaking, it's a 15 year old car at this point.
You HAVE to stay on top of the maintenance AND preventative maintenance.
Failure to do so will mean small things can add up to big problems.
That said, if you take care of the car, you will enjoy it.
I had a 98 T5 and still have my 99 T5 and both have been trouble free and dirt cheap to own.
At this point in their age, a check engine light is not a big deal.
Everything that CAN go wrong with the car is documented on google so the mechanically inclined owner can fix most stuff at home and save a lot of money.
I so wanted a volvo. Less than a year after purchasing my car my check engine light went on - it has basically been on ever since. Try passing AIMS test with that. I have paid several times to have the car hooked up to a "Volvo" computer to get the problem codes. Ater a while, I just taped a picture of my dog over the numerous lights that go off and on for no apparent reason. It is comfortable inside and looks great on the outside. Hate the cup holders (what genius designed that) Anyway, hate the thought of buying another car but may have to - will it be a volvo, for sure - NOT. Give me the basic designs of the 60's and 70's when you used to be able to change your own oil!
The car is very well built and has
exceptional interior space as compared
to like size American and Japenese
autos. T-5 Turbo power is very
impressive after you get used to the
slight hesitation when full gas pedal
is applied. Suggest getting service
from other than a dealership, they are
very high. Love to drive the car!
Overall, being a high-school kid who has parents to pay for silly things like $1000 repairs once every few months, I love it.
Sometimes the dashboard warnings light up like a Christmas tree, and other times it tells me everything is running fine.
Sometimes I feel like I'm in a sporty sedan, other times, I feel like I'm in an old boat that's about to fall to bits.
Be ready for repairs.
When it's running as it should, it's a sportier car than you would ever guess by looking at it, and the driver's seat is a nice place to be.
Always told Volvo's were reliable cars. This one has had problems since day one. I have gone through 2 sets of O2 sensors and its ready for a 3rd, used both Volvo and OEM before. 02 sensor harnesses. Replaced throttle body. Oil breather box, emissions system, and PCV needs replaced. Replaced ball joints and tie rod ends. Steering still makes noise. Power steering fluid leak. Cam seal oil leak. 2 heater cores replaced. Ate 2 sets of breaks and rotors in 50K. Turbo needs rebuilt. Fuses and bulbs go out all time. Electric seat motors are going out.
Cup holders are poorly designed.