Nearly a great car, but lousy dealer/mfr. support
Premature spring failure (both left-side springs have broken, due to rusting/pitting at bottom end of spring coil). Volvo variously claims this is either unusual or normal (dealer had tons of springs in stock, so they must be selling).
Crack in rear axle/differential housing mounts where the assembly bolts up to the body frame. Volvo claims they have never seen this problem and wanted over $5500 to replace rear axle housing (car has never been driven off road) ; my independent mechanic told me he has seen two other cars with similar cracks.
Recently (2010) car developed the Volvo "check engine" light problem - various emissions control components develop leaks, leading to codes that cause the light to come on. In the process of checking through the possibilities, but expect this will lead back to the dealer for "software upgrades," "air sensor plate servicing" and other non fixes.
Great car in many respects.
Adequate power, good comfort, decent handling (this is not an off-road vehicle!).
Great headlight system - car has the Xenon system, much better than the old halogen bulbs that burn out constantly.
Electrics are reasonably reliable - many complaints about tail light problems stem from using wrong bulbs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd February, 2011