2003 Volvo S60 - AWD
Pros: All wheel drive
Cons: would like to have fan controls for driver & passenger
Advice: The color I wanted was difficult to find on the lothas great pick-up and 'zip', the ride is smooth
2003 Volvo V70 - T5 M FWD
Pros: The perfect all-around car for people who live in the Real World
Cons: It's perfect -- but does it have to cost that much? Geez!
Advice: Forget ego cars--does your family deserve anything less?Volvos just keep getting better and better, and this newest V70 may just be the best yet. All-day comfortable seats, great sound system, lots of room for everybody and their gear, good power, better brakes, handling that shames lesser (read: Axis) cars, and a stealth factor that will keep you out of trouble--unless you do something massively stupid, the cops won't even notice you. And if you really do something stupid and have an accident, the car will save your life for you. Everything is laid out perfectly, with all controls (save the sunroof and windows) within a hand's breadth of the wheel, as it should be. Even the nav system is safety-minded, popping up out of the dash in line with the road so you don't have to look down to see where you will be going next. I'd pass on the normally aspirated 2.4 liter engine, as its power is just adequate. The low-pressure turbo is quite impressive, and is almost as fast as the full-on T-5 model in around-town driving. Where the T-5 really shines is on the highway, with passing power and top end to spare. And now, we get the 'R' model, which has 300 HP, all-wheel drive, Brembo brakes, and a semi-active suspension that can be set anywhere from 'parade float' to 'Laguna Seca Raceway'. I had a chance to drive this one, and was completely blown away. You want this car. Me, I plan to buy one ASAP. If you're smart, you will, too.
2002 Volvo S60 - T5 M SR FWD
Pros: The T5 engine
Cons: Back seat too small
Advice: Go for itIncredibly smooth ride and very fast. Almost scary when gas pedal is floored. You'll need to hold on tight. Quality is incredible. Not even a minor problem in 9 months. Back seat is too small for adults but front is really comfortable. Sound system is as good as any I have encountered. Love the looks and it is nice not to have the BMW everyone else has.
2003 Volvo S60 - 2.4T A FWD
Cons: mechanicals and exhaust tone (sounds like a buzz saw at times)
Advice: really look at what you are considering buying. Demand to have one for the weekend!!Have had my car just under 6000 miles and I am very unhappy. It has had numerous transmission issues, mostly just very jerky when it shifts in the low gears. Get it going and its great. A/C motor grunts and clatters when it comes on and steeing never seems to be in line. Meeting with Volvo tomorrow to see what we can do about this. Of course, the dealer says this is all normal!!
2004 Volvo XC90 - T6 SR AWD
Pros: Versatility and appearance
Cons: Wood on dashboard is a little weird
Advice: Buy itThis is the most excited I've been about a SUV in a long time. It's the perfect cross between luxury and utility. It has the good-looks of the BMW X-5 and the spaciousness that the X-5 lacks.
2002 Volvo S40 - Base
Pros: Quiet ride, seats, paint, trip computer
Cons: Rear seat is small as well as trunk opening
Advice: Buy it loaded with options, unless you need more rear seat roomThis is my 4th volvo. Previously owned 1991 740, 1994 940 and 1999 S70. This is the best one yet. Actual MPG is 26 City, 36 Highway. Seats are supportive and very comfortable. The car now has 7200 miles and never had a problem. It has the Premium Plus Sport Package which is very comprehensive. Driveability is excellent, with great visibility, low noise level,responsive handling ,and plenty of power. Body fit and finish is excellent with Volvo's great paint job. The radio/CD player and tape deck are easy to use and have wonderful sound. Everyone who rides in it are amazed at how smoothly and quietly it drives. No car can beat Volvo's leather seats for comfort and support. The only after market item I added was a radar dector with a compass.
2003 Volvo XC90 - AWD
Pros: Cargo space.
Cons: Lack of horsepower
Advice: Its not worth 40+K shop around for a better SUV.Its a hulk without the muscle. Takes a while to pickup from dead stop to 60. The dashboard is very poorly done, with lot of space taken for the cd changer. No space for sun glasses. Sun roof is way over your head and only back passenger can see it. The middle person in the back has no leg room space, unless you detach the front box underneath the arm rest. The only impressive part is the cargo space. Provided you take a course in how to fold all those seats. Over all bad experience with volvo.