Ever since the Volvo 850 was launched back in the 90's I had to have one. The only problem was that I was only 12!
After selling my 1989 Volvo 760 Turbo Saloon (which was absolutely awesome) I really wanted to get my hands on another Volvo. However this time I wanted something which could handle the power in the twisty bits.
I have owned my 854 for almost a year now and although its now approaching 14 years old with 132k miles on the clock, it still feels sharp and poised.
Although I am only 24 and am constantly ribbed for owning a Volvo, I absolutelty love it. It is rapid (even with 5 people and a boot full of luggage), comfortable (i have not yet been in anything as comfortable as a Volvo hence why I won't buy a Merc or a Beema) and I feel completely safe in it.
My mother loved driving my 850 so much that she has replaced her woefully unreliable 1999 Vauxhall Astra with a 2001 Volvo S60 2.0T Sport!!
The only drawback I can think of is the economy, or there-lack-of. Around town it returns about 25MPG which is the majority of my driving. On a run MPG is much improved. With the tall gearing I can typically return 35MPG which is better, but when you're spending £70 to fill the tank you kinda want I bit more for your bucks.
Unfortunately some moron decided to break into my car last week smashing my driver's window and ripping my glovebow door off its hinges, so I'm now forced to replace it. It has made the car feel tainted so it has to go. Cue the Vovlo C70 T5 GT which I shall be picking up at the end of next month... I can't wait!