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Pros: Four-wheel drive
Cons: nothingGod all-round transportation in all weathers for all types of load
Advice: Do NOT buy a VOLVOOne endless on-going issue after another including a completely brand new transmission at 35,000...a warranty item, yes, but good grief...
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.
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: 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.
Pros: The GPS navigation system.
Cons: Placement of the cruise control on the steering wheel--I keep inadvertently hitting it and turning it off.
Advice: If you hate SUV's as I do, buy this car. You will be very happy with it.As a confirmed lover of station wagons, yet finding the Dodge Magnum slightly too much for my wife, we settled on the Volvo XC70, finally giving our 1995 Buick Roadmaster a rest. Years ago we owned a Volvo sedan and wagon, and were happy with them--not ecstatic, but happy. The XC70 fills that role well--it is well-made, quiet, responsive, safe, and all that Volvos are reputed to be. It is head-and-shoulders above the quality of the old Buick, I am sad to say, but lacks the excitement--I was in love with the Buick, with all the excitement of old Detroit iron, but can never be as excited with the Volvo. Dependable, safe, economical, well-made--yes to the Volvo. I am glad we have it, and look forward to years of motoring comfort. But I will always fondly and wistfully remember our old Roadmaster....
Pros: Hard question, if forced, I like the seat comfort and interior roominess.
Cons: I haven't found it yet.
Advice: Enjoy!I like the way the car holds through corners in traffic. There is no hesitation when leaving a light or when passing on the freeway. The comfort makes it possible to stay in the cra for longer stretches on trips to the in-laws - why would I want to get there more quickly...