Did what it's reputation said it would: It saved my wifes and sons lives!
I found out that the brakes from the manufacturer were inferior to aftermarket parts. Get your brakes from anyone, but Volvo. Volvos pads are too soft.
Headlights and taillights seemed to need replacing often.
Paint was inferior. I had minor rust spots with 2 years off the line.
My wife loved this car. Small, Sporty with a nice helping of luxury. It was completely loaded and the features were loved.
We'd get lots of compliments from others.
Expensive to maintain.
SAFE! SAFE! SAFE!
My wife and child were rear-ended on the freeway by a very large SUV. The back end was absolutely destroyed. The rear window shattered over the back of my sons head (like it's supposed to, yet the interior remained intact. This is exactly why I bought this car, for its safety.
My wife and son walked away with no injuries. Not even a single cut from the glass. My wife didn't even have whiplash. The WHIPS feature seemed to work here.
The police officer told her that if she had been in any other vehicle, save few select others, they both would have been in the hospital.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 15th December, 2003