2006 Volvo XC70 - 2.5T
Pros: The GPS navigation system.
Cons: Placement of the cruise control on the steering wheel--I keep inadvertently hitting it and turning it off.
Advice: If you hate SUV's as I do, buy this car. You will be very happy with it.As a confirmed lover of station wagons, yet finding the Dodge Magnum slightly too much for my wife, we settled on the Volvo XC70, finally giving our 1995 Buick Roadmaster a rest. Years ago we owned a Volvo sedan and wagon, and were happy with them--not ecstatic, but happy. The XC70 fills that role well--it is well-made, quiet, responsive, safe, and all that Volvos are reputed to be. It is head-and-shoulders above the quality of the old Buick, I am sad to say, but lacks the excitement--I was in love with the Buick, with all the excitement of old Detroit iron, but can never be as excited with the Volvo. Dependable, safe, economical, well-made--yes to the Volvo. I am glad we have it, and look forward to years of motoring comfort. But I will always fondly and wistfully remember our old Roadmaster....
2006 Volvo XC90 - FWD
Pros: Self dimming mirror
Cons: lights dim when they wash
Advice: Drive it you'll like itOnce again, I am more than pleased with the quality, comfort and reliability of teh Volvo Line. I find I must go back to these cars, time and time again. Having a number of physical problems and having to drive great lenghts at times (10-12 hours) no other car can compare. The seats and positioning is outstanding. HAving rented all different cars, all sizes and shapes, nothing compares. I'm getting 19 mpg in mixed driving and using mid grade with no problems. Would buy another in a heartbeat. ALthough this one is an automatic, I miss a stick shift, even in this size car! I still have my trusty 1999 S-70 and love the manual as well.
2005 Volvo XC70 - Base
Pros: Hard question, if forced, I like the seat comfort and interior roominess.
Cons: I haven't found it yet.
Advice: Enjoy!I like the way the car holds through corners in traffic. There is no hesitation when leaving a light or when passing on the freeway. The comfort makes it possible to stay in the cra for longer stretches on trips to the in-laws - why would I want to get there more quickly...
2004 Volvo XC90 - T6 SR AWD
Advice: If considering purchasing - I hope you like time shares with the mechanicsCam Shaft replaced. Valves replaced. Wheel Bearing replaced. Tie Rods replaced multiple times. Stereo has a mind of its own. Head gasket replaced. Manifold gasket replaced. Headliner and carpet have come undone. Approach lights that light the interior floor board do not always shut off. GPS also has a mind of its own - starts working without turning it on. Brakes are making lots of noise at 20,000 miles. MPG is now at 15.6 which is NOT the all time low.
2004 Volvo XC90 - FWD
Pros: Safe construction of the body
Cons: Traction and stopping
Advice: Change the tires immediatelyThe stopping and traction on this vehicle are the scariest of any car I have ever owned. The ABS is so senstive that if come on when not needed and does not stop the car in a decent fashion. With a couple of inches of snow the car will spin out at every corner. It reminds me of the rear wheel cars we used to have. It does not track well. This year I will replace the Michelin tires with proper snow tires to try and improve performance.
2005 Volvo XC90 - T6 SR AWD
Pros: rear door opens in mtwo parts
Cons: there are many
Advice: ck out bmw or benzNot happy at all. Windshield wipers allow for ice buildup. Windshield wiper fluid freezes quickly. Headlight fluid releases all over the hood. Sideview mirrors not automatic once car is off (should have allowance time like windows.)Cup holder in rear is not secure enough and cups fall and spill. Rear passenger windows not child safety proof. Driver seatbelt locks while slowly leaning folder to check blind spot. Shallow door pockets. No sunglass holder or change holder. Navigation system is lousy.
2005 Volvo XC90 - V8 SR AWD
Pros: engine and style
Cons: wheel options
Advice: drive this last after you have tested other suvs in this catagory.Great truck, the v8 and 6 speed transmission make all the difference in the world. Now someone interested in performace can buy an XC90 with suffering with the T6 engine and transmission. Lots of fun to drive.