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Replaced cracked engine oil pan.
Replaced rear shocks, front & rear brakes.
Re-welded poorly designed driver's side front door hinge.
Replaced tie rods.
Complete replacement of air conditioning system.
Replaced rear main engine oil seal.
Replaced rear shocks again.
Replaced bad front struts.
Replace left & right front axles.
Replace failed fuel pump.
Replace failed rear hatch door lifters.
Repair rattling rear door panel attachment.
Replace timing belt (twice).
Replace failed heater blower motor.
Struggle with terrible AM radio static problem (still not resolved).
Turbo oil leak.
Very comfortable driving car, fine road handling. A real money pit, however. Six years of ownership have cost over $18,000 in maintenance.
The AM radio static problem is a disaster. Have installed ground loop remedy for antenna, also alternator noise suppressor... neither have solved the problem.
This model, according to my auto mechanic becomes very expensive to maintain after five years. This is substantiated by complete maintenance records of former owner. Every invoice for regular maintenance from Volvo dealer is at least $700, often over $1,000. I have owned five or six Volvos, am now a committed Subaru owner.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th August, 2009