Not special enough to be a classic, running costs too high to be daily transport
Replaced at 120,000km service:
- Hydraulic engine mounts failed. ($700)
- Gearbox mount broke. ($70)
- Ignition lock needed replacing. ($200)
At 130,000 km:
- Driver's interior door handle snapped.
- Plastic radiator hose sleeve snapped off, with it the hose, causing the car to dump all coolant. (new radiator required, $700)
Alternator drive belt needed replacing, but two pulleys also worn and needed replacing. Only replaced the belt and the worst pulley where the mechanic had a spare available. (Approx $300)
- CD stacker jammed on the day I got the car, replaced with new CD/tuner
- Remote central locking never worked correctly
- Air conditioning dumped water in the passenger foot well due to a blocked drain pipe.
All other money I spent was regular serving/replacement items.
I'm really glad I wasn't the poor sod who owned the car before me who had to replace the self leveling rear shocks at $600 each.
Receipts from 2004-2008 confirm an average of $1000 per year needed to be spent fixing broken parts outside of regular service items.
This was a seriously nice car. When my boss saw it, he thought I would have to be corrupt to afford it on my salary.
This was just the base model and it had all leather interior, heated seats, Alpine split front speakers (from factory). The way it was constructed and finished was gorgeous, it even had velour covering the A, B and C pillar.
The car was in its element on long distance drives. It was quiet, had brilliant front seats and excellent overtaking acceleration. The cruise control was particularly impressive, with user friendly controls and better performance than any other unit I have ever used.
Around town, the turning circle was much smaller than I would expect from this size car. At all times it was a relaxing car to drive.
There were a few niggles that were disappointing for a car that cost so much when it was new:
- The cup holder design was dumb - it fouled the handbrake when used.
- No remote boot/fuel release.
- Intermittent wipers had only one setting, not variable.
Overall the most disappointing thing about this car was the trouble it gave, and the money it cost to put it right. My family has owned Volvo 240s for decades and found them to be bullet proof.
We thought the 960 was the last proper Volvo ever made, but the truth is that Volvo lost its game long before that.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th April, 2009