An unexpected, underrated vehicle with great potential
When purchased small things like passanger mirror doesn't heat, sunroof area is faded away, some holes in seat, etc... nothing major.
I won this car in summer of 2006 at an auction for $500.00. Best purchase of my life. For the year, this car has tons of features not even on most cars today (heated/power mirrors, power seats with lumbar, etc..)
It's a large car, but at the same time has an incredibly tight turning radius (passengers are always flabbergasted when I make an impossible U-turn).
It's very solid and nearly impossible to dent - I got rear ended by a car going 15MPH, and literally only have a scratch on my bumper. I also ran into a pole going about 5MPH with no visible sign of damage at all.
The paint is godly. My sunroof are has some sunfading, but the rest of the car is impeccable. It has a very nice shine in it, and the furthest thing away from cheap. I keep thinking it's lead based because of its durability.
The ride is a little rough, but at highway speeds its rather smooth. It also takes turns rather smoothly and silky.
The nearly 190HP turbo is very unexpected. When maintained well, I can get to 0-60 within 8 seconds - keep in mind this is a 20 year old, 6 ton wagon.
The brakes are also incredible. For the age, 4 wheel anti-lock ABS brakes were ahead of their time. The swedes knew what they were doing. I can stop on a dime with little to no swerving.
Gas mileage I have to admit could do better. With prices being so high, it's always painful to keep putting $20.00 every 3 days (about 19 MPG).
The car is also, and most importantly, one of the safest cars ever built.
I would highly recommend this car to anyone. The styling isn't for everyone, but if you get it in a good color (I have grey, but black looks best) it looks very fierce and demanding.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd May, 2007