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    A marque I respect, but something of the Geography teacher about them, image wise I think.

    Anyhow, What do you make of the new range and it's styling?


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    I would have bought a V70 a few years ago but couldn't do a deal within my budget.

    it drove very well and felt way more solid than the poxy Passat I was driving at the time.
     
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    No love for the Passat?


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    I think, like many manufacturers Volvo have upped their game. They had to because Volvos of old were always associated with the more mature person. Now the designs are fresh and modern. Job well done I say.
     
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    Particularly the interior. Very Ikea and simple


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    I won't be buying another Volvo until they stop gouging on servicing and parts.

    Apart from that, the new models look great, the drivetrain engineering is excellent and I love the interiors.
     
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    I guess the same can be said for MB. Lots of young A Class owners now. Remember the old shape A Class???

    Citroen is another brand that have modernised their designs. Like them or not they sell by the bucket loads and appeal to the younger driver.
     
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    I'd never buy one, but I like the funky mad Citroen range at the moment. It's Peugeot that need to sort themselves out, if they announced they are never going to make another car again, would anybody really care?

    Agreed on the A class. MB have came up trumps there. Love a hot hatch


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    Haven't they lost market share since the new Chinese owners? - I'm sure I read that Volvo is no-longer the best selling marque in Sweden.
     
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    I like the exterior of them , but the interior's have always let them down, Cheaper looking plastics and design compared to some of there competitors of the same age.

    Drivetrains really good but Weak Autobox's, 2006 much more sturdy.
     
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    I would offer Volvos are bought by people who could easily afford a Mercedes, BMW, or Audi but think they look " too brash" Volvo major on understatement which is in itself a "statement" of sorts. :dk:
    Another might be Subaru some of whose top models also have fairly eye watering price lists.
     
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    Exterior and interior of new models looks modern but I think Volvo has made a big mistake (a lot of Chinese influence probably). For example. V70/XC70 models are obsolete now and new V90/V90 cross is introduced, but stupidly, booth space is much smaller in a newer model. I've tested XC60, V60 and V90 and in none of these I could fit a dog cage which I was able to fit in my V70 tightly. XC90 is too expensive and comes close to MB, Audi and BMW so I wasn't interested at all at that model.
    Worth saying that I had V70 3.2 P3 model for 7 months and it did run well, was very comfortable, very fast and thirsty, rolled like a boat, but that feel Merc gives you was missing. Few things I hated, no brake pad wear sensor :wallbash:, I managed to brake the wheel bolt wrench (says a lot about quality) :dk:, for driving on a continent I had to copy and cut self-adhesive paper and stick it on front lights :devil:, dipped lights can’t be switched off and are always on (3 bulbs changed in 7 months) :fail, Volvo main dealer service (no Volvo indy in my area) had service booking times of a 3-4 weeks. :dk:
     
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    I'm a serial volvo owner, currently running a 2011 XC70 with 130k miles, bought new through work, never broken down or had a failed component aside from service items, brake discs and one rear suspension bush

    Is uber comfortable with a lovely interior that is easy to use, plenty of space for all and a large boot. Average about 40mpg and makes a lovely 5 cylinder growl

    Old fashioned looking on the outside now mind you and lacking in cutting edge technology

    Looked for new car recently and visited Volvo, looked at xc90 and v90 xc.

    Beautiful looking cars with classy interior design, if you don't choose black with silver trim, about time uk buyers got an imagination

    But, we didn't buy either, v90 xc too small in the boot department, xc90 too expensive and too few cylinders (im old fashioned), but, mainly they are no longer reliable I have been told by the techies at the local main dealer

    So no longer a Volvo

    Bought a discovery 4 which is pure Land Rover even down to the unreliability
     
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    Re: Land Rover

    What were you thinking man!


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    They say you can pull up to The Savoy, in a Golf, and you won't be moved on for vagrancy.


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    Ours is a diesel, so I'd probably get thrown in The Tower if I got anywhere near The Savoy!
     
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    Our son has an immaculate 1999 V70 which is a great long distance load lugger. Very comfortable. However if you think Mercedes dealers take the mickey over servicing and repair costs you should try Volvo dealers. He takes his from London to Exeter to get a reasonably priced and reliable main dealer
     
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    Sadly my experience and that of my Volvo owning neighbours. One was quoted £4000 for "essential" work and after having the local Bosch garage check, came away with a bill for £800 and advice that a further £600 worth may need doing in the next two years.
     
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    I think Citroen would, unless they've dramatically changed things in the past couple of months Citroens are just Peugeots in trendy trousers :)

    But yeah, Peugeot has been going downhill since the late 90s; my other half's nearly new 2008 (aka C4 Cactus without the plastic bits) is at best 'ordinary'. About the only good things you can say about it are it's pretty economical on the diesel, and the rear seats are easy to fold down. Yawn!

    Edit: Wouldn't touch a Citroen again though - their lousy dealers have killed two of my Citroens in the past because their servicing is dangerously shoddy (e.g. they forgot to do up the driveshaft bolts after changing a cv joint gaiter) and head office in Slough always comes out on the side of the dealer so it's not worth raising a complaint; better to avoid them altogether if you value your life.
     
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