2001 Volvo V70: A Dependable Headache
Pros: - It feels like a small tank. It makes me feel just a bit safer than a lighter-weight car. - It has a large capacity gas tank- 21 gallons! So I can get a lot of miles out of a tank of gas. - It has a large cargo area. Groceries, camping, landfill hauls... there isn't much I can't carry. Cons: - It feels like a small tank so it takes more time to increase speed and to slow down. - It has a lot of small finicky electronic issues. For example, I can only change the seat position within the first 45 seconds after unlocking the car (must have been locked for a full minute). - It gets VERY unhappy in idle; makes lots of concerning lurches and rumbles. - I can only use premium gas and from high-end brands (Chevron, Shell, 76) or else it runs poorly. So, this makes it more expensive to own. - Because Volvo is an imported European car, every part and manual and service costs more than a domestic, easily available brand. Some mechanics won't even touch a Volvo; those that will charge you more to work on it. Overall, it's a solid and powerful wagon, but it's finicky and costly to own, maintain, and repair. A lot of headaches. I won't be owning another European car in the future.