I'm new here, though I registered in 2008 when I was considering the c30.
We're in the process of deciding whether to buy the V50 here in the USA. Apparently 2011 is the last year for this model here. I'm not sure if that really matters or not?
I don't see why more people here in the states don't drive these cars. There certainly are a lot of Audi and BMW versions around, but I've only seen one of these in our town (NY metro area) and on a trip down and back to Annapolis, MD on the New Jersey Turnpike I didn't see one. Of course, I rarely see any c30 Volvos, either. We're inundated with the v70s the XC versions, the s40, etc.
Since 2003 I've been driving MINIs and love the way they handle. Why buy a Volvo? I've had a 240 and currently have a 1996 850 that is an old workhorse but feels as though I am driving a slow couch. Love my MINI Clubman and will keep it for now, even if we do go for the V50. I am hoping from Volvo that we can still expect longterm reliability whereas with the MINI most people I know tend to trade them or sell them when they approach their warranty limits.
So - does Volvo still equal longevity and safety? And how do you feel about this model being discontinued in the USA, for those who live here? And what do you all think about the Chinese company Greely's buying Volvo?
Basically, I'm trying to decide - go with the substantially more expensive Volvo V50 or possibly add in another MINI Cooper.
Thanks for your feedback.