Fond memories when, in my experience, Volvos were Volvos and if you saw one a half mile away, you knew what it was (Like my current 1957 Pontiac.). There is a lot to be said in favor of those Swedish Bricks. My first was a 1974 164E I bought in 1975. I really liked the car, but rust did it in, even after a complete repair and repainting. When I got a new job in 1984, I bought a new 1984 240. My wife and I went to the dealer to look for a used Volvo, but once she saw that Blue 240 in the showroom, it was all over. She inherited it when I bought a Toyota Supra and sold it in 2002 when we moved to AZ from IL. I went back to Volvo in 1995 when I bought an 850 Turbo, in my mind the last of the good looking Volvos (Today, if one can’t read the badges, it is hard to tell what make a car is.). She inherited it when we moved to AZ in 2002 as I bought a Ford Explorer. An 850 Turbo is not the best car for being the only car if one lives on dirt/mud roads. It served her well until last December when she bought a 2018 Honda CR-V to join my 2012 Honda Pilot in the garage.
Those bricks were well designed from a maintenance perspective; it was easy to do lots of things with them, unlike the 850 Turbo. The odometer broke and in order to fix it the dashboard had to be removed. Needless to say, we did not fix it,. I recall removing the instrument cluster to perform some maintenance in the 164E and it took about 10 minutes to remove it,
Now, I don’t care for the looks of Volvos and believe our Hondas give us reliability and, with the CR-V, top notch safety and features at a much more reasonable price than Volvos. That being said, I do have fond memories or our three Volvos.