Is it reliable? Expensive to run?
The following things happen to most Volvo vehicles, as the same issues can be found in Volvo owners' discussions on forums.
This issues will probably happen to every Volvo; check whether the previous owner has done these repairs or not.
The following prices include parts and labor.
Steering pump leaking - around $1000.
Steering rack leaking inside the dust boots - $1500 to $2000.
A/C compressor wear and failure - $1500.
PCV system replacement (every 50K miles) - $700.
CV joints (axle) - $600 each (two of them).
Transmission repairs - about 1 in 3 vehicles will need a transmission rebuild. If your transmission 'slips' between the gears, it will probably need to be rebuilt - $5000.
Engine rebuild - not replacing in time the PCV system, will create sludge inside the engine, causing oil pressure loss and permanent engine damage - $6000.
Instrument cluster panel (the indicators panel behind the steering wheel) - $1500.
Timing belt and several belt pulleys need to be replaced at 100k miles intervals - $1000.
All other components are very durable in this vehicle.
All interior electric accessories are very durable and don't require repairs, except for the instrument cluster panel.
Shock absorbers don't last. They will cause a very rough ride over street imperfections. Comfort is lost, but replacement is not mandatory. Replacing the shocks is around $2000.
The car is very resistant to rust.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 10th December, 2013