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Why I Love My Volvo

Updated on July 24, 2010

I am the proud owner of a 1999 Volvo S70 T5 sedan.  I have owned this automobile for about 4 years now and I am very satisfied with it.  When I purchased my Volvo back in 2006, it had about 55,000 miles on it.  Now it has about 128,000 miles on it and is still going strong.  It is quite expensive to get repairs done since it is a European import, but I believe the safety this car offers makes it worth the cost.

My Previous Car

My previous automobile was a 2004 Kia Spectra that I purchased new in September, 2004.  I drove the car for a little over a year without any problems.  The car drove fine and I didn’t have any mechanical problems with it.  It also got great gas mileage of about 30 mpg which was nice.    When I bought my Kia I felt like I was getting a decent car at a cheap price.  Overall I thought it was a good value since the cost of the car was only about $14,000 and I was getting good gas mileage too. 

Why I Purchased a Volvo

In November of 2005 a drunk driver rear ended my Kia while I was sitting at a red light. It was then that I found out the reason why my car had such a low price. The Kia collapsed like an accordion because it is made from cheap aluminum with no type of steel frame around the passenger compartment. I was very fortunate that I was hit at a slight angle more on the passenger side than the driver side. If anyone else had been in the car with me they would have been killed.

The back seat and the trunk of the car were pushed almost into the front seat with me. My daughter’s car seat that was in the back seat was compacted into the back of the front seat. I was unconscious at the accident scene and have no memory of the accident. When the paramedics arrived, I was slumped over with my head resting on the back seat.

I was paralyzed for a few days and suffered a brain stem contusion as well as some damage to my cerebellum. I also had some spinal cord damage and two damaged discs in my lower back. I needed several months of treatment at a rehabilitation center where I received many types of therapies, including physical therapy, cognitive therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. I have since made a full recovery, which took about 3 years. The drunk driver who hit me was convicted of intoxication assault in 2007 and sentenced to 10 years’ probation.

Accident in the Volvo

In late 2007 my wife and daughter were involved in an accident in my Volvo one night when a person ran a red light and t-boned my wife and daughters on the driver’s side. My youngest daughter was riding in the back seat on the driver’s side. Both my wife and daughters walked away from the accident without a single scratch or even a bruise. The Volvo did its job and protected my family. As long as Volvo keeps making safe cars, I will always purchase a Volvo.


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      David Hamilton 3 years ago from Lexington, KY

      They have made great cars... Not perfect but solid!

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      Ms._Info 6 years ago from New Jersey

      A few months before my son was born we purchased a Volvo SC90. We had done a ton of research and settled on the Volvo primarily because of it's solid safety and reliability record. We've owned it for 5 years now and are still quite happy with it. We haven't had any problems with it and hope to keep it for years to come.

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      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      Gotta love a Volvo, I've got one of the 240 bricks...Glad you and your family are okay, Go Cowboys!!

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      mandi 7 years ago

      I will only buy volvos. I bought my first v70 two years ago, and six months later I was t-boned in the driver's door by a hyundai doing over 60mph (she admitted it) her hyundai had the front bumper sitting over the axle, my door still opened and all I had was slight seatbelt bruising. The car saved my life, and after seeing the difference in the two vehicles, the other driver replaced her car with a volvo too.

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      Shawn Scarborough 7 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Bobby--thanks for your comments.

      tonymac04--a new Volvo was not in my budget either so I bought a used one.

      Robert--thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      Lady_E--Thank you for you nice comments. You are probably right about an Angel watching over my family.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Volvo's are very reliable and comfortable. Sorry to hear about your accident and the other one in 2007. There is definitely and Angel watching over your family.

      Thanks for sharing. Stay safe.

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      Robert Bowers 7 years ago

      I like your article about Volvo's.

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Have always wanted a Volvo as I do agree they are great cars, but they have always been rather above my econmic level!

      Love and peace


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      Bobby Grant 7 years ago

      Volvo is a great car. Happy to see you have recovered from your injuries.

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      Shawn Scarborough 7 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Thanks for visiting prasetio30. I appreciate your nice comments.

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      Shawn Scarborough 7 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Katiem2, glad to hear your considering a Volvo. They are great cars, and as Suziecat says, they last forever.

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      Shawn Scarborough 7 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Thanks for stopping by suziecat7.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Volvo is a great car brand. It also famous in my country. Thanks for share with us. Good work, my friend. I think that was your favorite car. I never doubt about that. I vote this Up.


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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I've heard this about a Volvo and have been considering it for my next car purchase as I want to scale down from my big SUV, I def will head over to the Volvo dealer and check them out! Great review thanks :)

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I've always loved the look of a Volvo. And they seem to last forever. Thanks for this informative Hub.

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      Shawn Scarborough 7 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Open Mind Mitch--I'm glad to hear your OK after being involved in an accident and hit by a stolen car. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Shawn Scarborough 7 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Thanks for stopping by hubpageswriter.

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      Open Mind Mitch 7 years ago

      I was hit on a Volvo V70 drivers door at 100 mph by a stolen motor car. After stopping I was able to open the driver's door and get out. Although I got out I was shaking badly, couldn't write down details of any witnesses etc but I wouldn't swop my Volvo for any other car at this time.

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      hubpageswriter 7 years ago

      That's really awesome. I like Volvo car makes too, I always feel like they have a special vintage air about them, but is super safe to drive in.

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      weaver6 7 years ago

      Wow, I guess Volvo really does make the safest cars. Thanks for sharing this.