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RE: Volvo: yea or nay? - speedhighway46 - 09-15-2019

Volvo (cars) are now owned by Geely, a Chinese holding company. They have manufacturing plants in Sweden and China. Volvo Trucks now is a completely separate company and have nothing to do with Volvo cars.

I think you could make a better choice than Volvo in terms of convenience of repair and parts availability, but I’m not saying they are bad cars. Their target market is the extreme upscale country club set . . . drop it off at the dealer, give me a loaner for a few days, money is not really important.

Get something more practical would be my suggestion.

RE: Volvo: yea or nay? - maki2 - 09-15-2019

heard back from my friend on the XC70 volvos, the 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 have bad transmissions. He knows that 2004 the 2008 are good but did not research the more recent years as he was buying used on a fixed budget limit so he did not research the newer models.

RE: Volvo: yea or nay? - ThunderRoad - 09-16-2019

As the owner of a sixteen year old Volvo I can’t say enough good things about it. We’ve not even put in 1,000 in repairs in the thirteen years we’ve owned it. 

With that being said, I wouldn’t recommend it for a nomad. The parts can be difficult to find and we usually get them on the internet. We also do all of our own repairs so no mechanic bills. Many garages won’t work on foreign cars.

RE: Volvo: yea or nay? - CityWoman - 09-16-2019

Thanks, all. After the first few responses, I crossed Volvo off my list.

RE: Volvo: yea or nay? - MrNoodly - 09-16-2019

Volvo's reputation for exceptional safety is an artifact from about 40 years ago when they really were safer than American cars. But now American cars -- all cars -- are on par with Volvo, or better.

RE: Volvo: yea or nay? - CityWoman - 09-16-2019

(09-16-2019, 05:05 PM)MrNoodly Wrote:  Volvo's reputation for exceptional safety . . . now American cars -- all cars -- are on par with Volvo, or better.

Good to know - thank you!