Post # 1
We have to spring for a new (used) car soon as the one R has had since we were in high school has over 165,000 miles and is costing more in upkeep than it’s worth. Sad because we love that car – it’s a 2002 Prius, and I wish that they still made them like that.
So we’re looking at cars that are a few years old, about 40,000-60,000 miles, probably between 2006-2008. The Volvo S40 has really caught our eye as a good compromise car, but neither of us have ever had a Volvo. Do you have one? Do you like it?
Post # 3
I heard that they are great cars too, however the newer the car the more expensive repairs are and more often they will happen.
Also not sure if it’s jsut in my state or nation wide, but they just changed the law that a used car 4 yrs or older will no longer get an inspection…which before all used cars had to get them done and repaired before being put on the lot. So if it’s an 06-08, just be careful if that law implies to you.
Post # 4
*I meant to write “4 yrs or newer”
Post # 5
I drove a 1998 Volvo until last spring–loved that car. Replaced it with a Suburu, the newer Volvos just don’t have the same reputation 🙁
Post # 6
Wendy, thanks for the heads up, we’ll have to check on that!
@Tigs – that’s what I was worried about. Our budget is fairly low, though, so I’m not sure what else we’ll really be able to afford.
I really just wish they still made the nice, small Priuses. We never had any problems with it, and it was so nice to get 45-50 mpg.
Post # 7
I have an 08 Volvo S40 and I have to say that it is crappily made! The seats are wearing really quickly (the fabric is balling up). The paint on the inside door handles is getting really scuffed up and scratched. The radio knobs are getting all flaked up. If you run your fingernail over the front of the knob the paint/plastic flakes right off. It makes me really angry because it’s not that old and it’s not a cheap car. The visibility is bad in the car too.
Post # 8
I have a 2006 Volvo S40 and I couldn’t be happier with it. I’m not having any of the problems that YSAP2M is having. They’re really great cars! I’ve kept mine in awesome shape by getting religious oil changes and only putting the best gas in it…that’s a little expensive, but it’s worth it because of how well my car is doing. They’re great on gas mileage too! I could make it Rhode Island from New Jersey on less than one tank. I made it from NJ to NC with a car load of stuff on one and half tanks!
Post # 9
Thanks guys! One of the ones we like is an ’06, so it’s good to hear something good about it!
Post # 10
My FI’s Aunt and his late Uncle are “volvo” fanatics. When his Uncle passed they gifted his new Volvo SUV (xc90?) to my Future Sister-In-Law. It did pretty good but the repairs and general maintenance on it outside of the warranty were mad expensive. I think it was a 2005 or 06
His aunt years later, when her own warranty was almost up, gifted her xc90 volvo, 2005, 26,000 miles to my Future Mother-In-Law who in turn gave it to Fiance.
OK, scene set.
Future Sister-In-Law radio goes out, can only be replaced with a volvo factory radio, known defect, $2000 to repair.
FI’s alarm keeps going off for no reason.
The gas takes a while to get used to because it’s all computer based and there’s like a delay between pushing the pedal and the reaction.
More mechanical issues…. LOTS more money….
Fiance gives newer volvo back to mom and says, thank you but no thanks. FSIL doesn’t want to replace the $2000 radio. BOTH are sold.
Lesson: We will never EVER own another volvo. The computers seem to start to fritz out as soon as the warranty is up. Everything is MAD expensive to fix, and they are just not worth it at all. They’re not even all that comfortable! My Pilot was a MuCH better SUV… by comfort, drive, and cost to maintain standards.
Post # 11
I am a huge fan of consumer reports. If you have some time try looking into the KBB (Keley Blue Book) as well as consumer reports for the exact year and model of the Volvo y’all are intrested in. I think you’ll find several helpful answers in those places =)
I haven’t ever had a Volvo but I sure do think they are VERY good looking cars, haahaahaa
Post # 12
I had an old 89 Volvo as my first car. It was over 10 years old when I drove it. It was great, like a little tank until I got caught in a flood and the electrical system was completely flooded!
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2012 - Marie Gabrielle
My family is all Volvos all of the time. The thing is, any Volvo built after they merged with Ford is not nearly as well-made as the older ones. Actually, the Volvos from 85/86 are the highest quality. My familys owned @10-12 eighties era Volvos and drove them into the ground – most of them made it to the 400,000-500,000 miles range before finally biting the dust.
Post # 14
@mssnapdragon: I have heard the same thing about the Volvos built since Ford has owned them. They basically have the same parts as Fords now.