Underpowered, but comfortable and utterly reliable
About a year after I bought the car, the engine began to cut out unpredictably, which turned out to be an electrical problem.
Most of the plastic in the car (e.g. dashboard, map holders) has cracked, from being in the sun for fourteen years.
The rear left tail light blows out far too often.
As an eighteen year-old, I feel the car is underpowered, with only 120 or so horsepower and 3,000 pounds of steel to haul about.
The handling, however is superb. The weight of the steering is good, and it is direct and communicative. Body roll can be a problem if you desire performance driving (few do from Volvos).
It is utterly reliable, safe, seriously overbuilt, and a joy to drive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st October, 2004