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.
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!!!
2006 Volvo XC90 - V8 AWD
Cons: steering wheel
Advice: Do the overseas deliveryPicked up my 2007 V-8 XC-90 Gothenburg. Drove thru Germany for 10 days. The car handled like a dream. Cruised around 80 mph most of the time had it up to 120mph twice. I was impressed. My only complaint is the steering wheel. Where the cruise and stereo controls are located that is where I rest my hands. The comfort and how quiet the xc90 was great. When you put the pedal down there was plenty of power. Plenty of room.
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.
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.
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.