Yeah, I was quite surprised by the horrible traction problems with both my diesels the first year I had them -- the Volvo will easily spin the tires even on wet roads, let alone ice or snow. I've gotten it stuck several times, once nearly dropped it off the side of a steep hill into a forest when someone convinced me to try one more time!
1972 220D ?? miles
1988 300E 200,012
1987 300D Turbo killed 9/25/07, 275,000 miles
1985 Volvo 740 GLE Turobodiesel 218,000
1972 280 SE 4.5 165, 000 - It runs!