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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.
2007 Volvo XC70 - Base
Pros: handling on road and lower center of gravity makes it feel like a sport car on stiroids
Cons: none at this time
Advice: Drive one and put through the paces. you can't bet itHandling is great with awd in snow. Has plenty of pick up and love the room. Had suv for past eight yrs. this car out does any thing a suv could do.
2006 Volvo XC90 - FWD
Pros: Anti rollover.
Cons: Ride, performance, cheap interior materials.
Advice: After much research, I've found that the cars have multitude of problems and are way expensive to maintain. You're better off going with a Subaru Tribeca, Toyota, or Honda. Volvo has turned into cheap, overpriced garbage.There was vibration in the steering at anything above 50 mph. The vehicle was not quiet.
2007 Volvo XC70 - Base
Pros: Road handling and safety
Cons: Maintenance cost and poor quality
Advice: Buy some other carBought a new 2000 V70AWD SE. LOved the car initially. The maintenance costs averaged 2-3K a year after the warrantly ran out. Had no end of electrical problems, ECT went out at 50K miles - $1,400, Transfer Differential at 60K miles - $4,000!!!. My mistake was not buying an extended warranty. Car handles well in poor road conditions- ice, snow, heavy rain. Cost of ownership is the killer. My first and last Volvo. Volvo's biggest mistake - selling out to FORD!!!
2005 Volvo V50 - 2.4i A FWD
Pros: Heated Seats
Cons: The minimal amount of leg room in the back seats
Advice: be sure to ask the dealer policy for software downloadsThis vehicle looks and drives GREAT! for a 2.4 liter it has exceptional performance...BUT, I have had numerous different electrical issues. The dealership, who has been great, says when something electrical stops working, a software download is needed. Seems odd but in the one year I have had the vehicle I have had six trips to the dealership for electrical components not working. I would buy another Volvo as they are great, but this one just has too many issues for me.
2005 Volvo S60 - 2.5T A FWD
Pros: Sport kits
Advice: never buy this modelI have experiance a noises & high Vibrations coming from the car (from the breaking system), which look like is caused from an engineering faults in designing or making the gap between the Break disk and Break pads wider than what is should be. this issue been expericance since the first week of owning the car, and the local dealer workshop in the city i'm in now keep experimenting on the breaking system (changes many thing like, break disk, pads, model of break pads, lequid,...etc) and nothing took the sound off. Moreover, when you drive the car for long time, you will start to hear noises coming from the steering when you turn it, also it's happen that the car start to shack in the morning when first started or turnned on, and its went off after it self after that.