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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.
Pros: Design of the interior
Cons: Small arm rest
Advice: Not worth the price if going over $30This car does not drive as good as it looks. There seems to be a lot of pulling to either side. The turbo can be peppy, but there is a random lag in power that I was told is normal? I expected a better driving experience because of their reputation. I think that being part of Ford Motor Co. and sharing parts with Ford Focus & Mazda 3 may have something to do with it's lack of quality. I regret the purchase.
Pros: the drive is very smooth and handles very well.
Cons: lack of room in the rear seats
Advice: Buy it!Never even test drove the V50 I knew I wanted it once I saw it.
Pros: The styling
Advice: Test drive with big shoes onI have a feeling i just got a 'lemon' but i am very unhappy with my V50. My wife was pregnant and we decided to trade in the VW Golf for a safe and reliable family car. We loved the styling and was very impressed with the interior of the car. We have had the car for just under a year and less than 5000 miles and its been to the shop four times now. Three times i just died in my driveway and we had to get it towed to the dealer. The most recent was because the defroster stopped working during the worst rainstorm. Some other things to note. If anyone has a shoe size greater than 12, forget about wearing shoes while driving. I have a size 13 and i have to take my right shoe off if i drive otherwise my foot gets stuck between the break and the gas pedal. The visibility is also poor in the car. Being that its so solid, everything is thick, so its hard to see. Again, i just might have gotten unlucky with my v50
Pros: Stereo system
Cons: back seats
Advice: Buy it without regret....I have 15000 miles in my v50. It's a great machine. I bought it in Sept 2004 and I enjoy it every time, It feels new every day. It has lots of room in the back, beautiful interior design, good power and overall road handling. I like the key design. Tight seats in the back is the only drawback. I love this car.
Pros: The Navigation System, handling, smooth, fun to drive.
Cons: Haven't found anything negative
Advice: Check it out by taking it on a half-day on-the-road test drive. I did. Am very pleased!Drove my 2005 V50 in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland; in rough roads, heavy rain conditions, snow. Performed excellently, fun to drive! Can't wait to get it. Bought it on the European purchase program. Put in 4800 miles.
Cons: no arm rest for the driver :-(
Advice: Buy it!!!Oh what odes can I sing to my lovely car ? :) I can say that I've had it since july 2004, and loving every single minute of it!!! My husband is so jealous of me that he wants to buy himself a V50 too :) For us the car is super comfortable, we have 2 toddlers and the back is perfect for them as the car comes with built in children seats and well a great dvd system that they both can enjoy. The driver and passanger area's comfort are unprescedented in comfort and style, we have heated seats and individual heater controls (love it)! The leather seats are super nice and very easy to clean. I don't know much about the engine and other specifications, but I know from driving it for almost a year that the car is really fast! And I love driving fast and it handles great on corners and ice and in rain!