• DRUFFO4291 avatar DRUFFO4291 Posted: 9/13/2011 4:22pm PDT

    Volvo's are a great car, very safe and very innovative. I've owned two wagons in the past and I was very satisfied with each.
    I lease my vehicles and over the past few years Volvo's lease deals have been terrible. Very high cap.reduction along with high monthly payments for base vehicles.

  • fb_1491948054 avatar Kurt Posted: 9/14/2011 5:03am PDT

    @Druffo4291, you can blame a weak dollar and paranoid lenders for that one. I expect that lease deals are better now than they were a few years back, but the weak dollar still means that foreign car prices are up (or, conversely, foreign manufacturers are making less money on the cars they sell here).

  • USAFANG67 avatar USAFANG67 Posted: 9/15/2011 3:36am PDT

    Volvo a Swedish automaker that's owned by Communist China(yep the US does business with Communist China but not Communist Cuba :-) )who builds cars in Belgium,some cars in Sweden, that will soon build a plant here in the US just to make things even more interesting..haha.
    Can you imagine the logistics nightmare when it comes time to find a part when it fails!!. Someone has to be CRAZY to buy a Volvo just for the sake of making a statement.?!

  • fb_1491948054 avatar Kurt Posted: 9/15/2011 4:29am PDT

    @Matt, the logistics are no worse than they are with BMW, Mercedes, Toyota or any other foreign automaker. Just like any other car, most parts are sourced from suppliers.

  • USAFANG67 avatar USAFANG67 Posted: 9/15/2011 8:12pm PDT

    I'd love to see how many parts for a BMW and or Mercedes come from China.

  • fb_1491948054 avatar Kurt Posted: 9/16/2011 5:04am PDT

    @Matt, I can't give you an exact count, but the rough answer is "many." Even if Mercedes contracts with a German company to provide subassemblies, chances are good that company is buying components from China.

    Any car, even a Mercedes or BMW, is the sum of parts from the lowest bidder.

  • USAFANG67 avatar USAFANG67 Posted: 9/16/2011 5:44am PDT

    Even my Bugatti Veyron 16.4!! ;-)