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Good but not great
Pros: Climate control.
Cons: Check engine light always on,never any problem foundComfortable,good ride,expensive to maintain,very nice on long trips'
Pros: Ride quality and power, when it runs.
Cons: No reliability, poor interior ergonomics
Advice: stay awayThe Volvo dealer would not even buy our fully loaded 2005 XC90 T6, that is what a piece of junk the XC90s are and Volvo knows it! We have 6 cars including Ferraris, Hondas, Jeeps, Pontiacs. Volvo buyer beware, the only thing good about the XC90 is the ride quality. However ride quality does not matter when the driveshaft fails(twice), the left front strut fails(twice), tires wore out at 20k miles, and the left front axel seal failed which leaked all the oil out. Not to mention little things like the defroster barely works(and also failed) and the seat heaters mysteriously turn on. Then there are the interior ergonometric issues - try taking a family to McDonalds, there is no place to put stuff. I emailed Volvo a 65 item list, and suggested they require their engineers to drive a Toyota or Honda for 6 months of ergonometric research before starting the next interior redesign. We put up with the XC90(for 35,000 miles and 18mo), the final straw was when we were leaving for a family vacation and the axel seal failed – leaving us stranded on the freeway. I would not trust this car any farther than I could throw it. After we were stranded, my wife and I went out the next day and purchased a Toyota Sequoia. We are now in HEAVEN – everything works, nothing breaks.
Pros: rear door opens in mtwo parts
Cons: there are many
Advice: ck out bmw or benzNot happy at all. Windshield wipers allow for ice buildup. Windshield wiper fluid freezes quickly. Headlight fluid releases all over the hood. Sideview mirrors not automatic once car is off (should have allowance time like windows.)Cup holder in rear is not secure enough and cups fall and spill. Rear passenger windows not child safety proof. Driver seatbelt locks while slowly leaning folder to check blind spot. Shallow door pockets. No sunglass holder or change holder. Navigation system is lousy.
Pros: engine and style
Cons: wheel options
Advice: drive this last after you have tested other suvs in this catagory.Great truck, the v8 and 6 speed transmission make all the difference in the world. Now someone interested in performace can buy an XC90 with suffering with the T6 engine and transmission. Lots of fun to drive.
Pros: Exterior Style; Interior Luxury
Cons: Hmmm, wish it were $4000 less.
Advice: Test drive it and see for yourself.My wife and I love the vehicle. We have had it for one month now and what a joy to drive. The 2.5T has plenty of power, personally I don't buy an SUV to go from 0-60 in 6 seconds. Mileage has been spot on with the sticker (18/23).
Pros: Interior amenities
Cons: Sluggish handling at low speeds
Advice: Buy the 2.5T instead of the T6. Use Costco for better pricing than dealer pricing.I've had the car for 2 weeks and am very glad I chose it over the MDX. The interior is as comfortable as the BMW X5 with more room and a few more bells and whistles. It handles a little heavy at low speeds but is a gem on the highway. You get used to the weight quickly. 5 cylinder has plenty of pickup and better transmission than T6, and from other reviews sounds like the T5 has fewer maintenance issues. I have had none of the visibility or mileage problems others have posted, and I really love the luxury, power, and utility of this car. It's incredibly quiet and feels solidly built. I had one problem with the navigation system that was resolved by the dealer in a few hours.
Pros: Navigation system.
Cons: Visibility takes a little getting used to in the front.
Advice: Stop thinking about it and get it.Great Choice! Picked up the car the day we had 15' of snow and it exceeded expectations. NO problem handling snow banks and absolutely no loss of traction. Milage has been better than other reviews mentioned and right about sticker statement. The car is etremely quiet in all driving conditions. I could not be more pleased. The service is top notch and all routine maintenance included for 1st three years!