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2006 Volvo XC90 - FWD
Pros: The stability and 'solid' driving and corning capabilities.
Cons: It has a blind spot on the drivers side.
Advice: If you are looking for comfort, safety and a solid crossover, this car is for you.We purchased the 2006 Volvo XC90 2.5T with 8500 miles. This car was a loaner and is in immaculate condition. The car drives like a Lincoln Town Car (smooth) and performs like a BMW.
2007 Volvo S80 - FWD
Pros: AC controls, keyless ignition. impressive stereo.
Cons: Rear tail light design.
Advice: Go with the 3.2. Plenty of power and torque for city and highway cruising.After driving and considering a number of other autos including: BMW 5, Lexus GS, Infiniti M and MB E350 I chose the Volvo S80 3.2. While each car had 1-2 oustanding points, the Volvo felt like a better all around car and offered the best value. Volvo has really come a long way in the past few years with both interior and exterior design. Materials are top notch and seating is about the most comfortable I've found in this class (I'm 6' 2'' 210lbs). Handling is quite capable, but not as impressive as some other makes. Controls are simple and straight forward. Infiniti was nicest of all, but limited dealer network was a major downside. If you're looking for a comfortable 'family of four' cruiser this is it.
2007 Volvo XC90 - V8 AWD
Cons: The entire performance and interior reliability.
Advice: If you have more than 1 child dont buy it. The third row is useless except for VERY small children and they need a carseat anyway. You can't get to the third row hardly at all.If you want a car that looks great and has no reliability, then this is your car. More than frustrated. I feel as though I was taken advantage of. This car has more things falling off than my trees in fall. Service dept doesnt want to deal with it anymore, they told me its normal wear and tear. AFTER LESS THAN A YEAR?! Steering fluid replacement and brakes after only 20K. Again, was told its normal. I never got over 15 MPG. For the amount of gas it takes, I would prefer an Excursion or Hummer.
2006 Volvo S60 - T5 FWD
Pros: None now.
Cons: Overall a poor choice.
Advice: Not worth the money or headaches.The 2006 S60 does not hold up in winter driving conditions. When snow or moisture gets in the wheel wells, the tires may seize up or become unstable (less round because of moisture freezing as the dealership tells me). Then the steering wheel will shake like I am holding on to a jack hammer (like the tires are severely out of balance) and I must take the nearest highway exit to immediately slow the speed of the car. Or the tire(s) will seize up and, according to the dealership, I am supposed to step on the gas or rock the car by going back and forth to free the tire(s). In my case, I had to have the car towed after a tire seized up. I rate this Volvo a minimum on safety and safety is why I purchased a Volvo. Now that I am wiser, this is my first and last Volvo. I notified the National Transportion Safety Assoc.
2005 Volvo XC70 - Base
Advice: Do NOT buy a VOLVOOne endless on-going issue after another including a completely brand new transmission at 35,000...a warranty item, yes, but good grief...
2003 Volvo XC90 - AWD
Pros: Third row is conveinent for small, very small children.
Cons: The amount of time I spend at the dealership drives me crazy. Maintenance costs-AHHHH
Advice: Step away from the Volvo XC90.What a gross waste of my money. New brakes twice a year . replacing tires 2 times a year. Tranmission replaced at 80,000 miles. Dripping fluids. Leaking Oil. Drinks gasoline like humans drink water. If you don't have extra time to be at the dealership three times a month , do yourself a favor DONT BUY A VOLVO XC90!
2007 Volvo XC90 - V8 AWD
Cons: Quality Control.
Advice: Avoid. You wont know if they paid attention to the build of your vehicle until you take it home.Comfortable seats but atrocious reliability. Constant squeaks and rattles that dont seem fixable. In the shop 6 times the first 4 months. Very dissappointing purchase.