It's a classy and smooth ride, very safe and dependable
Starter needed replacement at 187,000 miles.
Odometer quit working (known problem in these cars) and was replaced immediately.
Air conditioning system needed $225.00 of work at 189,000 miles.
This vehicle has no doubt been reliable. I have not had to put a lot of work into it, and when I have, it has not been troublesome.
Besides reliability, this car is comfortable. The interior though somewhat outdated is functional and well made. The seats support occupants well, even after hours of driving you don't ache when you get out. The sound system with eight speakers sounds great and is enjoyable. I have noticed that inside the car rattles and squeaks abundantly when on rough roads, but the benefits outweigh the small irritations.
The exterior of the car has held up very well, very few cars compare to this at almost 200,000 miles. The paint Volvo uses is very durable, and still catches people's eye when it drives by. The under body is durable and strong, even after years of northern weather conditions it has proved to be one of the best.
Driving the car is fun and enjoyable. It handles well and corners nicely. It does ride a little stiff compared to other vehicles in this class. Fuel economy is respectable, I achieve 26 mpg on average.
The engine is responsive and accelerates quickly, passing is no problem, as the gearbox responds quickly to achieve a downshift. Braking is solid and controlled even on roads with snow and ice.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th October, 2007