2009 Volvo C30 2.4i
Upscale, great looking car
The parking brake gets stuck with temperatures below -5 degrees Celsius. The dealer fixed it once, but it got stuck again. They badly scratched the plastic around the handbrake while doing it. I saw it afterwards.
The air flow direction got stuck after selecting the defrost button. It needed a complete change of all the air conditioning system.
The A/C loses cooling power when cruising for more than 30 minutes at steady speeds on the highway. Couldn't prove it to the dealer.
Wind noise from the windows. Dealer tried to fix it, but without success.
All the repairs were done under warranty.
Despite all the problems I had with this car, I loved it.
I only sold it because it's a two doors and it's not practical to get the child seat in or out of it.
It's solidly built; I can feel it when driving it. It's also very quiet; maybe that's why the wind noise felt so loud.
The most thing I loved about this car was the way it looked. It was also very comfortable and it handled well. The 2.4i engine is quiet and powerful (168 bhp), though I would have liked to have the T5 instead.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th May, 2010
3rd Jan 2011, 17:33
I have a 2010 C30 2,4L Autom. I've had 3 other Volvos in the last 40 years, and I love this one, even if the rear is so short that the back window and bumper are always dirty, and especially in the winter time.
But having had 47 cars since 1967 (sometimes 3 at the same time), I must say that this car is in the top 10!
I almost didn't buy it because I thought that there wasn't any space in back, but after seeing the 4 winter tires that the dealer put in there when I bought mine in September, I realised that there was as much space there when the seats were down as my Ford Fusion 2009.
But I understand why you traded in yours; it's not pratical for young children and the parents that have to get them in the back etc.