Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-13-2012, 05:45 PM
Blackzilla Blackzilla is offline
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 49
Any reason I should avoid buying a Volvo S60 for the same price as a Camry/Accord?

Man, I love Volvos, especially the recent S60/80 line. They're gorgeous, and I still miss my 240 that I had way back in college. Looking at the prices in the classifieds and carmax, I was surprised to see that I can get one for around the same price/miles as a Camry or Accord. Is there any reason I shouldn't - are the current Volvos more expensive to repair or maintain than they used to be? Are they more or less reliable? I really don't want to do a ton of research on the subject, because I was just planning on getting a boring Camry or another Accord - but now I want a gorgeous S60!
Old 04-13-2012, 05:47 PM
Sattua Sattua is offline
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Close to home
Posts: 9,800
Hee hee, I grew up with a Volvo 240. Love 'em. When I met my husband he was driving an 850 identical to the one I had in college. It's not the reason I fell in love with him, but it didn't hurt.

The drawback of a Volvo is that it can be hard to find parts for them and hard to find someone who will work on them. If you have a Volvo dealership in a convenient location you're all set though. I do think the parts are somewhat more expensive than those for Japanese cars, but if you're buying a new Volvo it oughta be quite a while before you need any...
Old 04-13-2012, 06:27 PM
Gary T Gary T is offline
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: KCMO
Posts: 11,162
In general, parts and service for European cars are more expensive and harder to find than for Asian and American cars.
Old 04-13-2012, 07:43 PM
Gatopescado Gatopescado is offline
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: on your last raw nerve
Posts: 18,156
No cite, but I've heard the Volvos are plagued with little electrical gremlins. The Toyota or Honda would be bullit-proof.

I'd buy the Volvo, however.
Old 04-13-2012, 07:50 PM
OldnCrinkly OldnCrinkly is offline
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Steeler Nation
Posts: 224
As others have said, parts are less common and more expensive.
Old 04-13-2012, 09:09 PM
alice_in_wonderland alice_in_wonderland is offline
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Down the rabbit, whole!
Posts: 12,535
I have an s40 that I love quite deeply and have had no problems - friend has an s60 that she has had no issues either - both are 07s - my mom has an 08 camery (hybrid) and hasn't had many issues either.

FWIW - we seem to pay about the same for maintenance.
Old 04-14-2012, 02:53 AM
DrDeth DrDeth is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: San Jose
Posts: 34,594
Originally Posted by Gatopescado View Post
No cite, but I've heard the Volvos are plagued with little electrical gremlins. The Toyota or Honda would be bullit-proof.

I'd buy the Volvo, however.
At one time, they were. But no longer. Volvos are bullet proof. But yes, parts are not as cheap. I'd get the Volvo, too.

Last edited by DrDeth; 04-14-2012 at 02:53 AM.


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:31 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to:

Send comments about this website to:

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to:

Copyright 2018 STM Reader, LLC.

Copyright © 2017