Volvo's greatest mistake, avoid at all costs
Erratic engine temperature gauge/sensor.
Alternator replaced 2009, 2010.
Clutch replaced 2009.
Engine sub-frame rusted from the inside and snapped off.
Very prone to rust.
First of all, this is not a real Volvo, but a DAF car mated with a french engine. Very low quality, and I would say Volvo's greatest fiasco.
It has very comfortable seats and the factory sound system was very good. Excellent cold starting abilities. Excellent car for long distance driving if it suddenly doesn't break down and leave you stranded.
The engine is weak and the gearbox is abysmal. Very bad traction on ice and snow with good tires, due to very little ground pressure on the front wheels. Very prone to breakdowns and component failure. Rusts even worse than a Japanese car.
Repairing this car is like throwing money away. Something new will always need attention and fixing.
I was lucky and had a total breakdown while driving on a snowy road. The engine subframe rusted out from the inside and snapped off, leaving the engine tilted down on one side. This was the end of a disgusting car.
Repair costs for the year I had this car could have bought me a real nice proper Volvo.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd October, 2012