A safe, comfortable country cruiser
CV joints replaced - didn't notice a split boot, and it ran out of grease.
Transmission fluid replaced to give smoother shifting.
Catalytic converter noisy, due for replacement.
Flat spot on acceleration - cleaned throttle body and it now runs great!
Leather seats neglected by previous owner, slightly cracked and worn, but still great support and comfort.
Dashboard adhesive is coming loose, making the dashpad around the passenger airbag all warped.
I bought this car in October 2010 for $1800 with 190,000kms on it, with full service history.
It is without a doubt the most comfortable car I have ever driven; my housemate says it is "effortless" to drive.
Installed cruise control and the factory CD radio - all plug and play, as well as the digital trip computer option.
The engine needs to be pushed to have a spirited drive, but that comes at the cost of economy, if pushed the economy is woeful. Luckily the car's ease of driving almost encourages you to drive calmly, enjoying it's relaxed, quiet and compliant ride.
At speed and on the twisty roads, the handling is excellent, especially for a front wheel drive estate.
Has one of the best turning circles I have ever experienced, making it really easy.
Volvo spent a lot of time researching the ergonomics of this vehicle and it shows; everything falls easily to hand.
My one negative seems to be typical of every estate vehicle I have ever owned... the tailgate trim rattles, even with the new clips installed to try and rectify this.
Luckily the excellent sound system (8 speaker premium sound) easily drowns this out.
There are some great forums for DIY repair, which has saved me a lot of money by fixing issues myself.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th April, 2012