Tough, trustworthy, reliable swedish tank
Radiator at 220 000.
Two timing belts as required.
Discs and pads as required.
One power window - faulty switch.
Speed worked when it wanted to.
Even though these are cars are getting on, they seem to age very well. I bought mine in 2006 with 220,000km, and sold it in May 2013 with 375,000, and it barely gave me any trouble. I always had it serviced every 7500km (mostly by my mechanic, but sometimes myself). This is an easy car to work on, and I am no mechanic.
This car only broke down twice in my 6 years ownership, and once was a flat battery and the second time was also something minor.
I only sold the car due to a number of potentially expensive leaks. One was the rear main seal, which would require the gearbox to be removed, and the other was a power steering leak. The body had ZERO rust.
Minor annoyances were the speedo (worked when it wanted), air conditioning played up a few times, and one power window kept playing up.
On the whole, a very tough, reliable car, which I always felt very safe in. I would strongly recommend this car, especially for students. Just do yourself a favour. Find one that has been well kept, and keep up the maintenance, and this car will serve you very, very well. Last of the rear-wheeled drive Volvo legends...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th June, 2013