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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.
2007 Volvo XC70 - Base
Pros: Ride comfort
Cons: Engine noise during rapid acceleration
Advice: If you can afford all the extras, get them!!I purchased a 2007 XC70 with most of the options on it, it is AWESOME!! It is singularly the most comfortable ride I've ever experienced in a vehicle. (Noticeably better than in the XC90, too rigid) Everyone I've had in the car agrees. The interior equipment is beautifully built and easy to use although reading your owners manual is a must. Acceleration, even on to the German Autobahn, is quick and easy. My gas mileage is not stellar but I am driving at speeds much faster than in the US. The ride, after acceleration, is quiet. Our conversation and stereo listening is easy without excessive volume. I easily fit four large adults comfortably although; a third adult in the backseat is a bit cramped. Recommend the leather, climate package, the DVD system, and the navigation. All these features make for a fun and easy travel experience.
2006 Volvo S80 - FWD
Pros: Front Drivers Seat
Cons: Overall quality of interior specs
Advice: Check EVERYTHING out before you buy. Look at Audi.The overall drive of the vehicle is smooth, however, it sometimes lags when pushed to access the freeway onramp. Overall comfort is just OKAY. The interior does lack internal storage space and the cupholders are not placed conveniently. The plastic around the locks keep coming loose and the moonroof leaks when I take it through the automatic carwash. For me, its the little things that take away from the overall satisfaction. Not the quality I expected for the price.