Benjamin Smith <email@example.com> wrote:
> CR does not seem to like Volvos, for whatever reason.
That generalization is wrong. CR loves the 1999 and 2000 V70.
CR also has reported good reliability from the:
VOLVO 240 '91 & '92
VOLVO 940 '94 & '95
VOLVO 850 '95 - '97
VOLVO S40/V40 '01 & '02
VOLVO S60 '01 - '03
VOLVO V70 '03
CR readers haven't been impressed with the Volvo S80's reliability. Its
lack of reliability ranks among such less than stellar vehicles such as:
BMW & Series
Land Rover Discovery
Mercedes-Benz C-Class (V6)
Volkswagen New Beetle
These are some of the non-USA models that have consistently exhibited
less-than-average reliability in the 1997-2004 period. Volvo only has
one model on this list, the S80.
Now don't assume these vehicles are in the shop all the time.
Unreliable today means having more problems than a car that is very
reliable since most cars today are very reliable. Problems with the
engine, engine cooling, transmission, and drive system were weighted
more heavily than other problems. A 10% defect rate per year is above
average today and a 15% defect rate per year is among the worst. So if
a car has one serious defect in 6 years it is very unreliable. If that
is typical for the model, then the model is considered very unreliable.
By the way, the Subaru Legacy is considered a better-than-average model
and my experience with a '90 Legacy was the worst of any car I owned
except a '58 Mercury. However in the 1997 to 2005 time period, the
Legacy has redeemed itself as has the Mercury Grand Marquis.
Cheers, Steve Henning in Reading, PA, USA
Owned '67,'68,'71,'74,'79,'81,'87,'93,'95 & '02 Volvos.
The '67,'74,'79,'87,'95 and '02 through European Delivery.