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My very first car and loved it from the beginning. Was one of the first models where Volvo changed the body type to something less boxy. It looks dated 11 years later but still a great car.
For the money it can't be beat
Pros: Excellent ride and stability on rough, crooked roads
Cons: Seats uncomfortable, access to driver seatbelt latchQuiet interior, shuts out road noise well; plenty of power and pep; Has excellent stability on sloping winding roads, the I-5 is a great economical engine. Lumbar supports are not comfortable and driver seatbelt reciever is hard to reach by grown-up
Hate Volvo's service department
Pros: Stereo system
Cons: Having the car servicedI will never buy another Volvo because of the awful service department. The guys at Bergeron Volvo have the worst service department hands down. The car itself is sleek, sexy and safe. I'm currently car shopping, but a Volvo is no longer an option for me.
good car, effective for long distance taveling
Pros: good handling
Cons: issues with rain and electrical problemsliked the car alot, until it gave a few problems in major rainstorms, but that is to be expected. Traveled alot with some llong distances, volvo gave a clean ride the whole way.
HeadacheYou should consider a Volvo if you enjoy paying the pricey dealer mark ups for fixes and repairs. I have had mine in the shop literally 12 times since April due to issues causing my fan to burn out. I replaced the fan in April, and have replaced it 3 times in 2 weeks. The car has almost caught fire 2 of those times, and the dealer told me that because they didn't put the fan it, that is the problem. BS it is the same fan that Volvo would use, but they're mad that I didn't pay twice as much for them to do it. Now, even though last week when I took it in 2x in 3 days & BOTH times they said they fixed the problem, they are charging me almost 700 dollars to replace the fan AGAIN-so this will be the 5th fan this car has had in less than 3 months!!!!!!! I intend to pick the car up from Volvo & drive to another dealer & trade it-SAME day. Who wants a car that tries to catch fire every 2-3 days? And then get to pay $85 to tow it back just to pay an additional $700 to not have the problem fixed!
A Good Safety CarI like the features that Volvo is known for. Where on most cars they are considered as an add-on, it is standard on Volvo. I feel very secure driving this car. The safety features are the best! You would enjoy the ride!
Pros: Heated seats
Cons: The seat belt on front seats snap back hard if let goThis car sustained 21000 dollars of damage in an accident involving an inattentive other driver who T boned my wife in drivers side door. This car absorbed the energy excellently and was fixed and still drives as well today as when i bought it in 2003