Re: Volvo vs. Folvo (or is it Fordvo?)
Everything seems fine... We compared our 965 to a XC70... under really close
scrutiny, as if we do get an XC70, it will have to last as long as our 960
has (10+ years)... We've probably going to get the next generation XC70, or
the last year it's produced in current style.
Alternator?? Bosch alternator... we've never had a problem with one in our
Volvo's, VW's, or the Audi (the only thing that apparantly wouldn't break on
the damn thing)
Wiring - yah right, have you seen how many fire related recals there are on
Fords, some are for wiring
Air-Con.... Umm yah, probably could help out here - tho I believe Denso is
supplying Volvo now...
Auto Tranny - aren't these Fords big weakness?.... Volvo trannys are rock
solid... Volvo doesn't even make them... Companies like ZF and Aisin Warner
makes trannys for cars... Volvo just specs out how many gears, shift points
If anything Ford's just giving them a bigger budget to make new technology,
access to better pricing from suppliers, and all the support they want - the
new cars seem great.
"Robert Lutwak" <Lutwak@alum.mit.edu> wrote in message
> So is it true, or just self-fulfilling expectations that Volvo quality and
> engineering have degraded since the Ford takeover? Some posts here claim
> they'd rather drive an old 850 than a new S60. Is this just stingy people
> (like myself) justifying their inability to buy new or is there such a
> substantive safety or reliability advantage to the pre-Ford Volvos?
> One feature that has kept me in Volvos all these years is the
> super-redundant braking system (dual redundant cylinders at all four disks
> and separate drums for the handbrake). I always figured this would be
> first to go under Ford and replaced with the standard Amercian
> one-cylinder-per-wheel geometry. Has this happened?
> How about the frame? Excluding the '40 series, have the high-end Volvos
> gone to unibody yet?
> Personally, I think there are probably areas where Ford engineering could
> help the Volvos - alternator, wiring, air conditioning, perhaps even the
> auto tranny...