This car is a highway cruising dream with trucklike space
Power steering rack failure (replaced by rebuilt 2 years ago. $500 part cost.
Power steering hose ruptured. Replacement built by local hydraulic shop for $45.
Coolant leak at cylinder head gasket - caused by foreign matter between head and gasket from initial manufacture.
Brake caliper guide pins often seized - cleaned and re-lubricated. Caliper pistons seized occasionally. Cleaned and reinstalled.
Original Exhaust system replaced at about 250,000 km.
Parking brake cables seized, linings fell off shoes.
Transmission lever position switch failed around 200,000 km. due to installation in a high heat location beside exhaust pipe. Heat shielding should have been used. Switch disassembled, cleaned and reinstalled.
Ball joints and tie rod ends loose/worn - replaced.
One front wheel bearing noisy - replaced $285 part cost.
Air conditioner condenser and compressor replaced - $300 + $1250.
This is probably the best Volvo built. It has lots of smooth quiet power, precise handling and excellent road holding. This all makes it a great highway cruiser. There is loads of room with rear seat up and far more with it down. It has lots of rear seat legroom.
The driving position is natural and the driver's seat is very comfortable.
But if one had to pay dealer rates for service and repair, deep pockets would be required.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th August, 2007