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Volvo - Swedish Iconoclasm by Rojo on 10/01/2011. Trim: 2003 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: There's probably nothing safer on the road. Volvo replaced the transmission and cooling system at no charge after 90,000 miles with the new heavier duty tranny. This car should easily go another 100K miles. Excellent premium sound system includes a six CD changer and is the best I've ever heard in any car. Safety features include anti-whiplash seats in the front, boron steel pillars and reinforcements, side impact protection airbags for the body and your head, and for your passengers, too. Google the videos of a double rollover of an XC90 compared to a Ford Explorer. It will make a believer out of you.
Cons: Gas mileage is less than ideal, but I'm willing to overlook the mileage because of the safety features. With careful acceleration and braking you can get 25 mpg on the highway. Volvo parts have always been about twice the cost of domestic vehicle parts.
Overall review: My sixth Volvo since the 60's. In over forty years of driving Volvos I only had one breakdown on the highway back in the 70's. This is the best one yet and now that I'm 65 I enjoy a lot of the bells and whistles like navigation, back-up warning, heated seats, dual climate control, sunroof, and push button mirrors. I am a conservative driver who is not searching for screeching performance but, this 6000 pound turtle will beat a lot of hares in the long run. Because of the early tranny problems with the T6 the resale price for the XC90s is depressed. Look for a used one with a documented new tranny replaced by Volvo.
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