several years ago I was a member of the brickboard, it's a very knowledgeable site with what seemed like VERY opinionated people. They don't hold back so don't be thinned skinned!!
I hope your friend has better luck with his Volvo than I did, the 98 T-5 sedan that I bought new spent more time at the dealer than in my driveway. With what amounted to serious turbo lag and too much horsepower for the front wheels in corners, it just wasn't what I was hoping for from Volvo. My 98 didn't have traction control so every time you would try to squeeze the throttle coming out of an apex, it would go from no boost to "damn, where's that burning rubber smell coming from" Which of course is one of the reasons I became a devoted Benz owner......