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2009 Volvo S60 - 2.5T Special Edition FWD
Cons: there's nothing i don't like about the Volvo
Advice: Like they say, a Volvo for life, as I find this to be trueI've test drove the Volvo S60 AWD and find it to be a car that I would want, as to the point that I would not like to be in any other car
2006 Volvo S60 - 2.5T FWD
Pros: Rain sensing wipers
Cons: Back seat leg room
Advice: Do the maintenance per the schedule if your goal is to own a Volvo long termRush hour traffic in a major metropolitan area can make a driver feel very insecure. The S60 Turbo takes away the fear with its excellent acceleration and handling. Bought it used in '08 and looking forward to passing it on to one of my children when college comes.
2004 Volvo S80 - 2.5T FWD
Pros: Smooth Drive
Cons: All of the repairs
Advice: I would not buy this vehicle again.I was very excited to buy this car because of Volvo's past reputation and a friend recommended it highly. At approximately 7000 miles I started taking it to the shop, which is fortunately only 2 miles from my workplace. It has 3 motors and 2 fans associated with the heating system, and it needs another one. The engine mount had to be replaced at fairly low mileage and at least 7 or 8 light bulbs have burned out on this vehicle. The gas hinge quit working and two door gaskets failed. Prior to this purchase, I had Acuras, Hondas, and Toyotas (7 total). All of these together did not have the number of problems that I have had with the Volvo. I will return to a Japanese manufacturer for my next purchase. Never again with Volvo. Very disappointing experience, especially for such an expensive car.
2006 Volvo C70 - Base
Pros: Comfortable, stylish, has the wow factor when you put the top down
Cons: 18' Mirzam rims crack and go oval under normal driving conditions.
Advice: Don't buy it with the 18' mirzam rims. You will have to replace them at your own expense.Would not buy the 2006 C70 again. I have had all 4 18' Mirzam rims go out of round and 2 crack under normal driving conditions. In the course of more research I have found other 2006 C70 owners who have had to replace all 4 18' Mirzam rims twice. It's a pretty car and it handles well but unless you've got money to burn to replace rims and tires under normal driving consditions it isn't worth it or the hassle. So much for safety. They are not covered under warranty. It isn't a pleasure to drive since I have to try and avoid every little crack, dip and bump in the road everytime I drive the car.
2004 Volvo XC90 - T6 SR AWD
Pros: Center booster seat.
Cons: Our cup holder always breaks down.
Advice: Have fun.This drives very nice. Volvo took us to Nazarateh Race track and it was fun.
2007 Volvo S60 - R AWD
Pros: brembo brakes
Cons: no rear passenger leg room - for a large car it has small back seats - this car should have been made a coupe.
Advice: if you need a high performance AWD turbo sports sedan - this is the one for you - if you need passenger space take a look at the V8 S80 modelexcellent road handling - after owning many high end Audi's, BMW's and Jaguar's - I never considered the S60 r volvo - but after one short test drive - I was completly amazed - great brakes, the brembo's are excellent - the optional 18 inch wheels with low profile tires grip the road and it just brings a smile to my face. This is Volvo's best kept secret!!!
2007 Volvo XC90 - FWD
Pros: Heated Seats
Cons: Second Row difficult to move and collapse
Advice: Rent one for a week if possible before buying.I have had this car in for service more times than any other vehicle I have ever owned. Brakes squeeked (fixed), brake pump (replaced), computer chip (replaced), recall part (replaced). We are still working on another squeek that they can't seem to find the problem. We feel safe in the car and it fits my three kids fine. The second row seats are hard to move forward and collapse. Difficult for an 8 & 6 year old to get in the third row. Design not great and quality is not worth the money.