I didn't note the mileage when things happened... but this has happened so far:
Air conditioner failed - needed new compressor.
ABS failed - warning light on. Wires and sensors replaced - lastet few weeks, then warning light again. Didn't bother since, warning light still on.
Engine overheated - Relays for fan exchanged.
Same thing again - two weeks later.
Same AGAIN - four weeks after second time, fixed myself, since working flawless (soldered wires to relays instead of using sockets)
Ignition failed (engine went off, didn't start again) - garage changed multiple parts, since then engine doesn't run as smooth as before, but runs.
Fuel pump failed - exchanged.
Air condition failed again - another new compressor, since then, leaking coolant gas and need to refill every couple of months, engineer says "need a new pipe" but too expensive.
Driving belt replaced - replacement lasted FOUR days! Replaced again. Garage used too much tension - bearring somewhere damaged, since noise from bearring, but yet not changed (expensive!) happened some 6 months ago.
Window-washer tank broke, not yet replaced (part unavailable).
Cooler radiator started leaking - fixed (welded).
Power-steering leaked - replaced a seal, after few days, leaked again even stronger than before - mechanic had over-fastened a bolt. Now had to replace whole unit (EXPENSIVE!!)
Dashboard broken at several places, results in squeaking/rattling. Don't bother - it's an old car by now.
Rear suspension weak - needs new shock absorbers. Not replaced yet.
Starter trouble since early on - replaced rotor and coals, then entire starter unit, then a sensor in the gearbox - still, many times it just won't start. Relay will click, that's it. Have to try multiple times before it will start. Starter relay not available as spare part! Only whole unit with motor (EXPENSIVE!!)
The 460 GLE 2.0 is a very powerful car. Torque is enormous compared with other 2.000 cc cars.
Speed is very good (180 km/h on motorway/2nd stage expressway), at higher speeds very good to handle.
Car seems to be rust-proof - not a trace of rust ANYWHERE on body or under the car, even tough no specific care is taken.
Yet it is extremely thirsty in city traffic - 20 liters per 100 km is "normal". On motorway at constantly around 110 km/h it is around 14 liters/100 km. At constant 90 km/h it is less than 10 liters/100 km.
Very comfortable, spacey car for long distance travel, however air condition is too weak (only "ON" or "OFF", no regulator) for south-east-Asia.
Maintenance and, particular, spare parts are extraordinary expensive in Thailand, since all parts have to be imported from Europe (France, Netherland). The Volvo 460 is not a "real" Volvo, but a Renault with a Volvo body, the mechanic explained. It is terrible to work on.
The elctric system is full of faults and almost everyday something fails - stereo, some light, horn, fan, aircondition, wiper - lots of "worms" in the wires. Mechanics don't bother looking for faults - too many, they say. They rather put new wires in and simply disconnect the old, faulty ones. My car is a patchwork, electrically seen.
However the engine itself runs like a fine swiss watch - I guess it will live for ever. I am not planning to change cars yet.
The Volvo 460 GLE has lost more than 50 % of it's value in the last three years. I bought mine for 300.000 Baht (in 2002), now the price to buy one is 140.000 and I would get, if I sell to a dealer, 110.000 for it. It still looks like showroom condition except the dah which is broken at several places.