"Bought as a second car, but became primary when other car was totaled out (another Volvo, no injury - that's why this is my 3rd Volvo.)
Mileage around town 21/24, winter/summer, 32-33 on trips, have gotten as high as 36. It is a turbo, so I feed it nothing but premium and it performs well.
Had to replace front sway bar links, a common Volvo problem. Other than that, no expenses in last 3 years.
Only complaint is interior appearance. It is somewhat plain when compared to the S60, S80, & V70."
Cons: "more expensive tires than usual, but its a volvo"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"The 2008 Volvo v50 was one of the better Volvos I've driven. I never really had any problems with the car, other than having to fix the oil pan because of these horrible pot holes in New Orleans. The only flaw is that the tires or more expensive because only premium tires fit on it."
"The skateboard for the normal people.
Lots of juice.
Been happy with it for 5 years. Been fortunate for having the 5 year bumper to bumper service included with the purchase and only needed it once with a leak in the AC."
Cons: "A.C. issues, economic, can load it up, info above"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"A new version of this yes, this car no, unknown to me it had been in a wreck. Yes, I received the CarFAX, it did not disclose it. I have paid for repairs every year I have owned it. Air Conditioner does not work well, and usually goes out when it is HOT outside! I have hauled a full size dishwasher in it, fullsize legal filing cabinet in it, large antique Curio Cabinet in it, it is a workhorse. I have had to replace several expensive items twice - full set of tires, battery, wheel bearing assembly, oil canister, etc. But it performs for me, has some interior and exterior woes, and the black decorative, seals around the windows are brittle and scaling off. The appearance at a distance is good. Interior panels on front doors is in shabby condition needs to be replaced."