Pros Great handling, snappy acceleration, room for my family of five and a couple of guests. Overall, very nice car.
Cons I purchased the 100K mile warranty, so the Transmission at 60K miles or so was covered. Other than that, and a recall or two, I've been pleased with the mechanics of the car.
Summary I like the car, it's a nice SUV. I traded in a Mercedes M-Class SUV on it and have not really missed the Mercedes much. The Volvo interior is nice, the Navigation package is another plus. I like the third row of seats and how flat they go when they're not deployed. My only gripe is the electronics package. I can't add Sirius or hook up my iPod -- seems odd in a 2005 model year car.
Pros Stylish, Great Handling, Powerful, AWD. Great in Snow, Rain and any weather. Total feeling of safety.
Cons If you like mice in your car, Volvo is the car for you. They come and go at will. Feces on the leather seats, dash, floor, is common. Volvo has no solution? Heck of a price to pay to have mice in there with you.
Summary Until Volvo solves the Mice Problem is fixed, I would never buy another Volvo period.
Pros Comfy, Great design.
Cons The car has been in the garage more than its been on the road.
Summary LIST OF PROBLEMS:
2 New Gear Boxes
New rear Wheel Bearings
New Satnav system
Petrol filler cap lock replaced
Allthough when it is working its a great car!
Pros You feel very safe and in control..and it looks cool!
Cons Gas mileage is a bit weak
Summary We have a 2004. We have a 2 year old and I wanted the safest car on the road for him.
You really feel in control of this car.
We've put about 60k miles on it and have had absolutely no problems.
We'll get another one in a year or two.
Pros Gas Mileage, Safety, Comfort, Style, Power. For the price this is the SUV for the family or the driving enthusiast.
Cons No Integrated Bluetooth (now a dealer option), needs a better choice of tires (currently on Michelin or Pirelli)
Summary We test drove the original XC90 in Alameda California in 2003. On the test track the capabilities for this vehicle were awesome. When I heard that for 2005 they were adding a V8 and a 6-speed transmission, I knew this was the vehicle for me. Although I was planning on orginally getting a fully loaded T6, there was no question the V8 was the way to go. We have not been disappointed. The power when needed it unbelieveable (especially when you compare the price to the BMW X5 or the VW Toureg V10). The syling is pure Volvo and keeps the SUV looking unique in this "me too" looking environment. The handling is the best of any SUV in it's class. It can also tow 5,000 pounds. In a recent review in MotorTrend, it was compared to the new Mercedes SUV (circa -Chrysler Pacifica knockoff) and took 2nd place against a vehicle that was nearly twice ($90,000) the cost (and no towing or off-road capability). The safety is without question, you virtually cannot tip this SUV over. The Navigation System works great as do the Bi-Xenon headlamps. The Stereo system is great, but you must set all of your personal settings for best response. With nearly 10,000 miles on the vehicle, we are getting 22-23 MPG on the highway (in California), and between 16 and 18 in the city. Compared to our friend's that have a 2005 Sequoia V8 (with less horsepower), they have never seen better that 15 MPG on the highway. My only comment to those that do not like Volvo's, you will probably not like this vehicle either, because it is Volvo through and through. To date we are very please with our purchase and highly recommend this SUV to potential buyers. It is true that the early version of the XC90 had many software glitches, but that is true with the first release of most car models, that is why I waited until the 2005 V8 introduction. One final note I have taken this vehicle off-road (light off-roading, not deep mud and stuff like that), through small streams (12-24" deep), and dirt paths (both muddy and very dry and slippery) without any problems. Volvo has a winner in the XC90.