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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!!!
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: 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.
Cons: No way to open trunk from inside vehicle
Advice: Go Buy It!!!Drove many cars, from SUV's to Mid-Size Sedans, HANDS DOWN THE V50 AWD is one of if not the best Sport Wagons on the market today!! This T5 engine is responsive and fast as you want it to be!! This isn't momma's old grocery getter!! The 2.4 engine is nowhere near the T5, and AWD just makes it that much more practical for not a big jump in price. Inside, very roomy, very modern, and the perfect family vehicle for one with a couple little ones. I am 6'2' and very comfortable anywhere in the car, look no longer, if you are looking for the perfect family car that is plenty big yet awesome gas milage, go pick up a T5 and hang on...cause it's plenty quick!
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: Unsurpassed safety, body style.
Cons: No trunk opener from inside the car, and poor visibility out passenger's rear window (take the back seat headrests out!)
Advice: If you're looking for great looks in a well-built car that will give you few problems: the V50 is it.It was between three cars: the Audi A3, the Saab 9-3, and this one. We chose the V50 for a few basic reasons. The Audi A3 I would've purchased in a heartbeat if I were ten years younger and without a small baby. It easily outperforms the other cars in terms of shifting, speed, and handling. The Saab 9-3 is a very well-built car, and more highly rated than the Audi or Volvo, but as far as I'm concerned, the 2006 model is ugly and looks like it was built out of tin. As for the Volvo: I think it's the best-looking of the three, I *know* it's the safest, and it's also the biggest of the three in terms of seating and cargo hold. Volvos also last forever, which is another reason to own one. And though the T5 has 100 more horse-power, because of the sport suspension, it rides stiffer. The 2.4i at least has a smoother ride.
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.