Love these 2wd Volvos
A/C stops working after 10 minutes. Found the fix online using plastic bread-clips on the A/C clutch.
Rear wiper motor doesn't work.
Some dashboard lights don't work.
I bought this car for less than $2000 USD about a year ago, and haven't had a minute's trouble with it. I do the minor repairs/maintenance myself and found a Volvo Tech that works out of his own garage on weekends to do the big stuff.
For maintenance I've replaced the timing belt and pulleys, brakes and rotors, front ball joints, tie rod ends, rear shocks, ignition switch, spark plugs and fuel filter. All these things were done rather inexpensively by myself or my mechanic. Lots of parts can be found online for these cars.
I don't understand why there are so many bad reviews on these cars. I have to think that a majority of the complaints are due more to crooked dealers/mechanics than poorly designed Volvos. Dealers are out to make money, ethics not withstanding.
Find yourself a trustworthy mechanic and these cars are a great used value.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th June, 2010