Just about every car is now galvanized.I think the body is galvanized.
Exactly this.Just about every car is now galvanized.
They last forever because people who buy them usually take them to the dealer for repairs. The dealers have no qualms about recommending a service that costs more than the car is worth. The owner is told the car will last forever so they put money into it.
For example, a month ago my wife took her XC90 with 120k in to the dealer for a $30 oil change. She was told it needs a right motor mount $307, control arm bushings $757, front shocks $1040, alignment $100, the windshield washer return valve $55 (they don't like the one on the car that I took off a Porsche when the original failed). The typical Volvo owner will spend the $2300+ to fix a car with 112k that is worth somewhere around $8k retail. I of course will buy the shocks, and bushings for under $500 in parts, I already did the motor mount for $55,... and do most of it myself at about 120k. If it was a car the doesn't last forever, we would drive it with lousy shocks until something else major goes.
They don't last forever, they just have work done when others would toss the car. That's my opinion, YMMV.
Since this post is in the XC90 section I would say there is some truth to the lack of rust part but no to the last forever, unless 160k km is your interpretation of forever.I was wondering why they don't rust and last forever?