1997 Volvo 960 Wagon 2.9 liter straight 6-cylinder
A great, safe, comfortable long-distance hauler
Valve job performed at 150K miles
Various electrical switches fail.
Sunroof leaks during rain.
In addition to its well-deserved reputation for safety, the 960 is very comfortable over long distances; my wife has a lower-back fusion, and she swears the seats are the best.
The car's maintenance must be looked after properly if you want it to keep performing at factory level. The cost is appreciably less than a Mercedes or BMW, but more than a Honda, and there are parts available and specialist shops to help you.
If you do the above, there's no reason the 960 (and the S90/V90 of 1998, the same car and the last year for a rear-wheel drive Volvo) won't last 200K + miles. I have a friend whose identical car just turned 304,000 miles.
The straight 6-cylinder engine and auto transmission in the 960 are simple, robust and fairly bulletproof if you watch your fluids. I get 19/20 MPG in town, 26 highway, using 89 octane.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th February, 2013