Horribly unreliable car, mildly fun to drive
The head gasket blew at 200000 km, the engine had to be revised entirely.
The hand brake gave up at 210000 km.
The fuel pump broke down at 220000 km.
The mono-point fuel injection system had to be replaced at 242000 km.
The clutch broke down at 260000 km. In order to replace it, the engine, sub-frame, front suspension, gearbox, starter motor, power steering assembly and lots of other bits and pieces had to be removed.
The rear suspension is worn out (springs) and in need of replacement.
In general, the car is very hard to work on which leads to high repair costs unless you do all the work yourself.
It has a nice engine, with quite some torque at lower revs (2000-3000 rpm). Driving the engine above 3000 rpm isn't really worth the hassle.
It runs on LPG and consumes about 10-11 l/100km.
Seats are very comfortable and can be adjusted in all imaginable positions. Getting in and out of them on the other hand is an adventure.
Ventilation is poor and noisy.
The position of various switches, knobs and handles is very poor. I like all the little compartments to stow my stuff in.
In the back, there is little leg room, and the luggage compartment is very impractical.
The quality of the paint is bad and has gone completely dull after 10 years. There is no sign of rust.
In general, built quality is certainly not what you'd expect from a Volvo (especially the squeaking and shaking dash).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 27th August, 2002