Great vehicle, but potentially costly
The timing belt came off at 90,000 miles though I had changed it per manufacturer criteria at 69,000 miles. Consequently spent $4000 getting top half of the engine rebuilt. There have also been some problems with the front shock/strut assembly and the emissions control unit (not costly, but the Check Engine light comes on.
The turbo powered (approx) 240 horse power makes this a good maneuvering vehicle to pass and merge/weave in traffic (but not a sports car). I was also surprised at how well it handled (compared to my previous Sentra SER) for a larger car. Tight suspension so you do feel the bumps. If possible it is too comfortable... more so than my wife's 2003 Audi A6. I also like the "heavy car" feeling. Obviously it is more expensive to maintain and repair than the Nissan and the need to "chill" the turbo after highway driving is a pain sometimes. I look forward to driving it and the truth is it has been dependable except for when the replacement timing belt came off. That was a bad scene. Truth is, based on this car I would go out and buy another Volvo and wouldn't know what else to buy (can't afford BMW or Mercedes)...and I am not one of those Volvo fanatics. Oh yea... brakes also very good and have demanded no more attention than the previous Nissan, Chevy, Mercury etc that I have owned.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd September, 2004