Originally Posted by Musikmann
Some friends of mine who had Volvos told me the same thing. I remember thinking how strange that was for a car manufactured in snowy Sweden.
A life-long Minnesotan disagrees: RWD Volvos aren't "BAD" in snow; they simply require some skill, four snow tires, and some weight in the trunk.
Seems to me, while I like ABS, it, along with things like ESP, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warnings, etcetera, are poor substitutes for skill and judgment.
The more I drive my Volvo 740 in the winter, the more convinced I am that drivetrain configgeration makes less difference than having a good set of four snow tires. I even have snow tires on my wife's Mazda Protege, and the difference is huge.
So, as a Volvo driver (we're looking at a 560SEL this weekend) I heartily recommend them to a young driver. Excellent reliability, safe handling and good crashworthiness; you can't really go wrong if you get a good one.