I have no idea how strong Volvo's are "these days", but I'll tell you something "quirckie" about them that I don't think very many Volvo owners ever caught onto;
From 1972 until 1997 ( when I retired ) I transported new cars. The company I worked for had a terminal in Buffalo, NY;
I used to take a lot of loads to New York State; every once in a while, after unloading in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse area, I would have to go into the Buffalo terminal to get a "back-haul"; ( these were all units which came into Buffalo via rail, and we picked them up at a rail-head ); sometimes it would be Ford trucks, ( which work your butt off loading ), and sometimes it was Volvo's; this would have been in the mid to early 90's; some of our equipment in that "era" still used old-style, two-piece loading skids; ( think: two 9 ft sections, pinned together, with each skid being about 10 inches wide, and a 2 in vertical flange on the inside edge.
The thing about Volvo's back then was, the rear wheels were about 6 or 8 inches closer together than the front wheels were. Because of this difference, loading them was very "tricky" ! So tricky in fact, that almost every time I went there to load the things, someone would would miss the skid with a front wheel when backing on, and end up upside down between the loading skids.
If you're wondering what they do with Volvo's that get turned upside down, the answer is, a wrecker comes and takes them to a local junk yard, and the carrier buys yet another new Volvo. ( Which, I might add, makes them extremely pissed off at the driver who did this terrible thing ! ) ( It has even been known to result in a trip to the unemployment line. )
Because of this "quirk", the company HATED Volvo's, and the drivers who got fired for turning them over probably weren't too fond of them either. Before I retired, I asked a lot of people why Volvo made cars like this, but I never got an answer. To this day, anytime I hear Volvo,s mentioned, I tend to "shudder" ! BTW........Saabs were even worse, ( but for an entirely different reason. ) So I have always wondered........what IS IT
with these Swedes anyway ?
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein