It had the most efficient engine of it's time, a 4 cylinder, 1800 cc, long stroke, non-alloy block, and it went like a rocket. I took the engine entirely to pieces over about two weeks of days and nights, reconditioned it, put it back together again and - to my amazement - it started first time and ticked over nicely whilst all the blue smoke from the protective oil coatings wafted up from the bonnet as the engined heated up. Isn't it strange how engines still seem to work properly, even though you are always left with about a dozen nuts and bolts having reassembled them? It is a bit like the way someone goes around sprinkling chopped carrot on top of vomit in the streets on saturday nights.
These days, I have an 850 auto estate and a pet mechanic who has been working on Volvos for about 30 years. The current models have at least 2 computorised management systems which you need a lap-top and about £2000 worth of software to access, so I wouldn't be doing my own repairs now, even if I wanted to.
Volvo have just been bought (from Ford) by China, and the cash-for-scrappage scheme is being taken up by more and more buyers here in the UK, so I wonder how long I will be able to buy a hell of a lot of reliable, Swedish car for about £1500.