"I was concerned about safety after my Honda got taken out by a Dodge Neon (!), so I purchased this sturdier Volvo, used. It's great to drive and doesn't look like every other car on the road, but there always seems to be something wrong with it: oxygen sensors, the fuel pump, faulty thermometer gauges, etc. I'm surprised the check engine light hasn't burnt out by now; most of the other bulbs have!
The repairs are expensive, and so are the parts. Even the battery costs twice as much as the ones for "normal" cars. Other manufacturers are improving their cars' safety ratings, so it would be well worth your time to check out those cars, instead."
"After driving this car for 10 years and getting it up to 180k miles...it prob saved my life in a car accident recently. In an accident that would have probably totaled most cars and sent most people to the hospital...I was lucky to only have minor damage on the car and I left with very minor scrapes and bruises. Being able to walk away from a very bad accident without any major injury is why the safety Volvo always highlights is absolutely true."
"Bought this car used (17k)and has hand zero issues and performs as well as the newer Volvos today. Handles very well at high speeds and the gas milage is about 36 mpg for me right now. Like this one so much purchase an almost same car for spouse."
"this is one of the most fun cars to drive. Bought it with 27700 miles on it. Had to replace brakes and rotors since I bought it. Drove up to Cape Cod the first week I owned it. Got 34 mpg averaging 65-70 mph. With a little over 70000 miles it still runs great."
"Had a Front end accident at about 45MPH, the car absorbed the impact, the passenger compartment was undisturbed. No injuries, thanks Volvo.
This is my wifes car, after the accident, she wanted the exact same car, said she liked the power, the comfortable seats and how they adjusted. Great gas Mileage.
Cons: Lights need to be replaced often, poor visibility based on the head rests. Finding tires that provide low noise level is not easy, finally went with the Kumho Ecsta asx, that did the trick. the stock tires were terrible.
Synopsis: Styling, handling, gas mileage and safety is great. I like the body style better that the new boxier S40. Oh yeah, adding the spoiler and the mudflaps sure make this car look even better."