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Test Volvo

Uploaded: July 13, 2002
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  • Keith (Private)
    12 years 10 months ago
    I used to live in Auburn, Maine and around 1980-82 they had Volvos, including our deputy fire chief. Word was that the city manager didn't want to replace the Fords and Chevys one year as punishment to the police union. So mid-way through the second year of the cars, they started falling apart. It was "off cycle" time to purchase the Fords and Chevys and only Volvo had cars ready to buy. They had less maintenance issues than the others, but ultimately the APD went back to American cruisers, primarily for the interior space.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    12 years 10 months ago
    I remeber seeing a CHP Volvo on the I-215 Freeway in the Riverside area, at the Van Buren overcrossing to be exact in like 99 or 2000. They looked really weird. Volvo donated a handful to the CHP in hopes they would like them and start a contract with them, it never caught on. I have seen an Impala CHP unit in 04 or 05 in my area, but it was an LT's car, have not seen any out of my area offices for patrol.
  • Tater (Private)
    13 years 6 months ago
    Volvo has offered a separate police line of their sedans in the European markets for almost 50 years. It wasn't until more recently that they have become more accepted as a potential alternative here in the US. Initial price and higher maintenance costs seem to be the stumbling block compared to their American made counterparts.
  • Car Guy (Private)
    13 years 6 months ago
    I was reading about these things, (in a cop car book by Ed J Sanow), being used in the late 90's.


    The '96 Vovlos were tested at 222 HP, could do the quarter in 16.65 and had a top speed (without lightbar) of 126MPH.

    Good performance, but I'm surprised thay never caught on. Were these only a test car? Or could they be purchased for police work?

    I've also seen pics of Volvos from the late 80's being used by police. Did volvo have some police cars before this one?
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    15 years ago
    First time seeing a Volvo squad car. I like it.