I have had my 1996 960 for half a year now and I love it! The previous owner did not want to pay for the engine swap that he wanted so he just handed the car over to me. The car has 140k miles on it and the new engine has about 60k and runs like excellent.
No problems with the car since I have had it, I do not know why the engine was replaced and neither do I care.. as long as it runs fine with the new engine in it. Only problems were some of the tail lights were dying, not sure if they were burning out or if it was my sub woofers rattling them appart. Those were easy fixes, the brakes are starting to feel soft and some vibration while braking hard on a downhill slope, but they are still very responsive and not ready for a swap yet.
Other than that I can't complain, a great car, a safe car, and a fast car... what more could you ask for?
I love my Volvo. I just bought a 96 960 that is a beautiful car and I have all the service records on it and everything. 110000 miles for 4200.00. No complaints... I have put about 10k on it and not had one problem. Before this car I had a Jeep that I practically gave away because it was such a piece of junk and before that I had a 94 Volvo 940 turbo-THE BEST CAR I HAVE EVER OWNED-. I sold the car for 2000 with 432000 miles on it-haha- I had no problems except for regular maintenance, a starter, plugs, belts, tires. The only thing I was ever mad about was how much the suspension cost to replace but after that it was amazing. GO VOLVO... They make an awesome car!
I am the original author of this review, and I felt it's necessary to report on the current standing of the car. I've put nearly 55,000 KM on the car since I purchased it, and I can honestly admit that this has been one of, if not the most reliable car I've yet to see. Still running like a watch with almost 220,000 KM on the odometer, the only thing I've had to replace in my two year ownership has been one ignition coil for the second cylinder, a gasket for the oil filler cap, six plugs, and the necessary oil changes.
It does some random things electrically depending on how humid it is outside, but I look past it and think of it as character, which this car holds a lot of.
I cannot explain how impressed I am with the longevity and reliability of this car. It's surprised me with the passing days and kilometers, needing only regular maintenance to run like a watch. I often think about how hard it is to find a twelve year old car in Southern Ontario that has absolutely no rust anywhere.
I've been considering changing up cars, but I can't lead myself to getting rid of this 960. It has honestly been the best vehicle I've ever had.
If only they built them like they used to...
I was really interested in your experiences with your Volvo 960. I bought a second hand one in 2003. H reg, 3 litre 24 valve, automatic estate. I loved it. But the people we bought it from didn't tell us that it had a fault and pulled away in a higher gear. That was one thing. But then the cat converter needed replacing. So at least the new one would last for the rest of its life.
We then invested in new Pirelli tyres. But it was wonderful. The big boxy leather seats used to push me out of the car, which helped with my disability. Not like the seats now, which are so sporty shaped that you end up pulling yourself out of the car.
I had it almost two years, then it was stolen, and the police found it almost a week later burned out!!! I have a V50 now through the Motability scheme, but it is not the same.
Where can I buy another one? Life is not the same.