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We're thinking of getting a new or newer Volvo wagon and I'd like to know if other
people are happy with theirs. Specifically have there been any mechanical problems?
We bought a used '95 wagon in 2002 which has been nothing but repair after repair,
including a new transmission! Each repair seems to be at least $800. However this
car is older so I'm wondering how the newer Volvos are holding up. Thanks!
Tired of car repairs
We just became owners of a Volvo station wagon with a 3rd seat that faces towards the rear. Is it safe to put my 5 year old daughter in the rear seat? I don't believe I can put a booster seat in that seat, because I think booster seats are only designed for maximum safety when facing forward. However, the purpose of the booster seat is that the seat belt is properly positioned. When sitting in the 3rd seat, the seatbelt seems to fit my daughter perfectly without the booster seat. Even so, am I breaking the law because she is not yet 6 years old and not sitting in a booster seat? Daphne
Serious read end accidents don't just happen on freeways. The police officer taking the report told those involved (3 cars) that these types of accidents in congested areas such as Montclair are very common.
My advice is not to put a child in a third seat of a wagon such as a volvo. Instead, get a mini van with a 3rd set of seats. The Honda Odessey and the Toyota Sienna seem to have good safety records. Just my humble opinion. Charlotte
We have a great newer Honda minivan but we are thinking about selling it and buying a slightly older Volvo wagon (again) with a third row seat(I know the pros and cons of 3rd seats). I was wondering if any of you who regularly drive three to four children have had the space of a minivan but went back to driving a wagon or sedan. I'd love your input. We do not want an SUV because of gas mileage and insurance cost increases (been there and didn't like it). Did the smallness of the space make you crazy? What did you like or dislike about either. Our children's ages are 7, almost 5 year and 18 months old.
The main reasons we are considering going back to a wagon is because I miss the feel of driving a car, and we can eliminate $8k consumer debt (I can't stand any kind of debt) which will allow me to go back to work by starting my own business this year. Thank you! Lauren I think the answer in part depends on how long you will drive your vehicle. We had a Volvo station wagon (bought when it was 5 years old) and drove it as our primary family vehicle for 10 years. I also have 3 children (13,10, 6). I LOVED my Volvo but it just got too small for the kids. On longer drives it was very difficult for all three of them to be in the middle seat. We had the third seat but when occupied it left little room for cargo and the child who had to sit in back felt banished. Kids prone to car sickness can't alway ride backward either. Lastly, there is a weight limit of 88 pounds per child in that third seat and pretty soon my oldest nor any of his friends could ride back there.
So we bit the bullet and got a Honda Odyssey and it has been great. In a pinch we can carry eight (good for carpools/fieldtrips/visitors). I read all the stats on the both vehicles and the Odyssey has nearly as much cargo room behind the third seat as the Volvo has behind the second seat (something like 18cf vs 19cf).
Bottom line - I think the Volvo wouldn't serve your needs too long... Good luck! Converted mini-van driver
We want to get a new car (we have two 80's volvos) and want recommendations as to whether a newer volvo or a minivan would be the safer choice, and also any ideas of good places to go to buy the vehicle. Volvos have the safety reputation, but are they really a lot safer than minivans, and how do they compare in other ways? Also, our neighbor's volvo was made in Detroit and has had a lot of mechanical problems. Can someone explain which volvos are made in the U.S. and which ones are good mechanically? safety minded driver
I currently drive a subaru forrester which i love, though with our 2 children and dog we are bursting at the seams. We are planning to have another child and we are starting to look into other cars to have more space. One option is a used Volvo wagon, possibly a cross country wiht the 3rd row seating. I have had subarus all of my driving life so i am not familiar with volovos, if they are expensive to work on, reliable/unreliable...... Another option is a used Euro van weekender. This also can seat 7 and would carry our crew around comfortable im sure. But again, i have no clue what its like to have a VW. I think ive really only heard negative things about it, in terms of them not being reliable. Any thoughts would be great. cris
The Eurovan is roomy but unreliable, and with so few of them sold, it may be hard to find parts or a competent mechanic down the road.
If your looking at the Eurovan, you should expand your search to other minivans. Yes, I said it. M-i-n-i-v-a-n. Take a deep breath. For 3 kids and a dog, there is simply not a more versatile vehicle. The sliding doors are convenient, they drive like cars and get decent gas mileage. And they are safe, especially the new ones with side-curtain airbags.
Station wagons are okay, but using the 3rd seat (which is not very comfortable) robs you of any storage space.
My recommendation would be a new or used Honda Odyssey (02 or later) or Toyota Sienna (04 or later) kixo
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