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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pros: Exterior Style; Interior Luxury
Cons: Hmmm, wish it were $4000 less.
Advice: Test drive it and see for yourself.My wife and I love the vehicle. We have had it for one month now and what a joy to drive. The 2.5T has plenty of power, personally I don't buy an SUV to go from 0-60 in 6 seconds. Mileage has been spot on with the sticker (18/23).
Pros: Interior amenities
Cons: Sluggish handling at low speeds
Advice: Buy the 2.5T instead of the T6. Use Costco for better pricing than dealer pricing.I've had the car for 2 weeks and am very glad I chose it over the MDX. The interior is as comfortable as the BMW X5 with more room and a few more bells and whistles. It handles a little heavy at low speeds but is a gem on the highway. You get used to the weight quickly. 5 cylinder has plenty of pickup and better transmission than T6, and from other reviews sounds like the T5 has fewer maintenance issues. I have had none of the visibility or mileage problems others have posted, and I really love the luxury, power, and utility of this car. It's incredibly quiet and feels solidly built. I had one problem with the navigation system that was resolved by the dealer in a few hours.