It is a piece of junk... a waste of money
I thought maybe I had gotten a "lemon" as well, but after reading all the reviews, I think Volvo just blew it on this car.
I just had my car in for another "Check Engine" light. They had to replace the timing belt (understandable with 100K+ miles on it), water pump, a tie rod end and numerous other items. The "CE" light is more of a nuisance, though it seems to be a $$ light for any dealership/auto repair establishment. Every time I have brought in my V70 XC into a dealership (even for just an oil change), my bill was at least $1000 out the door. I had my car for 1 year (the car was 4 years old) and they had to replace at least 1 engine mounting bracket (NOT under warranty, by the way). I just picked up my car 2 days ago from a local import car repair garage ($1600 later), and within 3 hours, the "CE" light came back on. I refuse to take it to a dealership anymore.
I don't know if the problems have just started since under "Ford," but who knows.
Volvo could not give me another car. I never had problems with my BMW. Volvo makes a very comfortable, safe car, and it has more storage space than my friend's Mazda (mini SUV), but that is all I can say positive about it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th January, 2008