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1998 Volvo S70

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Underrated and under appreciated
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By 1S701
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1998 Volvo S70 GLT Turbo 4dr Sedan


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Simply put this vehicle is up to the task. I purchased it in 2000 and performed zero maintenance until it was paid for. (4 years). Currently, I replaced almost everything except body parts. That being said this vehicle has over 3 hundred thousand miles and is unbelievably quick. I have run up with 09 Mercedes "C" class of course with ease. So if you can perform your own maintenance that's a plus since most people are absent to how to work on Volvos and you will lose your shirt if you don't have repair skills. Happy driving.


Favorite Features

Quick, responsive and with IPD swaybars can handle with the best cars on the market


Suggested Improvements

Bulbs are a pain and the general squeak from old age. But going on 10 years is not bad


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Pretty Good
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By Knac
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1998 Volvo S70 4dr Sedan


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I'm a teen driver and this car has been a joy to drive. I have really no problems other than the back lightbulbs not working but it doesn't bother me at all. The S button is really a thrill, my car seems faster than some of the newer cars today.


Favorite Features

Love the S button, makes a big difference, the comfort of the seats and styling of it.


Suggested Improvements

Make the lights more reliable, better gas mileage


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It's been fun..
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By Bo
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1998 Volvo S70 T5 Turbo 4dr Sedan


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I brought mine at 85k miles. There have been a few bumps in maintance. On multiple trips to Canada, the T5 drove like a champ, surprising power, good fuel economy. But the gliches, the speed sensors (no abs, no odometer, no speedo)evap system replacement. Brakes that sound like a bus. Not too cheap to own if your are not handy. But it is fun to drive. Okay in driving about town, but a hoot on the highway. Currently at 130k, and holding on.


Favorite Features

Pin-you-to-the-seat-power. The styling (10 years old and I still get complements), if not in the shop, a fun car to drive.


Suggested Improvements

Well, considering the model in no longer in production, better brakes, multi-speeds on windshield wipers.


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Hit or Miss
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By zachattack
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1998 Volvo S70 T5 Turbo 4dr Sedan


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If this car doesn't have service records for God's sake don't buy it! On the way home from the dealer it overheated. Then the abs went out. Then the exhaust manifold cracked. Then a tie rod broke. Then the heater core went bad. Check engine light on every other week, literally. All extremely expensive (esp. For an 18 year old). Some of these s70's are great cars, but some just absolutly are not. If it feels tight, still get it checked out. Learn from my mistake. All this went wrong between 90-100k miles. Although they look awesome and drive like a bat out of hell, they can become hell.


Favorite Features

F-150 ran a red light at 40 and hit on driver side I walked about with bruised shoulder. Sport mode transmission. High pressure turbo. Killer brakes. Solid feel. Awesome sytle, looks great in black. Great gas mileage for a car this fast. Crash safety.


Suggested Improvements

Everything that has to do with the car running worry free. If yours has more than 100k miles and no trouble, you got a good one.


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Solid Reliability
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By hash50
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1998 Volvo S70 4dr Sedan


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Done 213000 km since I bought it new in 98. Still looks great and runs great. Weak points were A/C condenser and ABS which needed replacement at 5 and 7 years. Original suspension lasted until 160000 km! Apart from general wear and tear this car is exceedingly reliable and not expensive to maintain. Excellent value for money compared the German cars of that time (although they are now including everything for a similar price). Very comfortable for long drives, easy to drive and great turning circle. Will keep it for as long as it runs. Very practical styling typical of old Volvos with no need for contortion to get in and out (like in my Benz C180). Feels heavy but fuel economy is not bad.


Favorite Features

Comfy seats, ease of driving (very stable, unaffected by crosswinds, panoramic windows with great alround visibility, distinctive non-jelly-mould styling, high quality paintwork, 10.2m turning circle, simple and large dash instruments, and interior space.


Suggested Improvements

Better tropicalisation (rubber feel finish on window knobs have melted and turned sticky in the Australian heat), better quality plastics, more rigid chassis. A/C condenser and ABS problems seem to be quite common. Improved dealer servicing would be a great plus.


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