by sj_volvo_s70 on Jun 17, 2014 Vehicle: 1999 Volvo S70
What can I say that has not already been said.
Very noisy dashboard,
pathetic acceleration.. Air conditioner decides to stop working after its been working fine all day,
power door locks not working, and the locks in the back are at the rear of the door, very tough to reach...
The need to always have the code reader in the car, just in case!!!
Very poorly design throttle-body.. gets dirty really easy causing most drive-ability problems..
MPG not good for a small 5 cylinder with 5 speed manual low-mid 20's..
my 99 e320 with a v6 and auto 27+ mpg...
Always told Volvo's were reliable cars. This one has had problems since day one. I have gone through 2 sets of O2 sensors and its ready for a 3rd, used both Volvo and OEM before. 02 sensor harnesses. Replaced throttle body. Oil breather box, emissions system, and PCV needs replaced. Replaced ball joints and tie rod ends. Steering still makes noise. Power steering fluid leak. Cam seal oil leak. 2 heater cores replaced. Ate 2 sets of breaks and rotors in 50K. Turbo needs rebuilt. Fuses and bulbs go out all time. Electric seat motors are going out.
Cup holders are poorly designed.
Overall, being a high-school kid who has parents to pay for silly things like $1000 repairs once every few months, I love it.
Sometimes the dashboard warnings light up like a Christmas tree, and other times it tells me everything is running fine.
Sometimes I feel like I'm in a sporty sedan, other times, I feel like I'm in an old boat that's about to fall to bits.
Be ready for repairs.
When it's running as it should, it's a sportier car than you would ever guess by looking at it, and the driver's seat is a nice place to be.
by fastredponycar on Oct 12, 2012 Vehicle: 1999 Volvo S70
first of all, for everyone whining about the thing breaking, it's a 15 year old car at this point.
You HAVE to stay on top of the maintenance AND preventative maintenance.
Failure to do so will mean small things can add up to big problems.
That said, if you take care of the car, you will enjoy it.
I had a 98 T5 and still have my 99 T5 and both have been trouble free and dirt cheap to own.
At this point in their age, a check engine light is not a big deal.
Everything that CAN go wrong with the car is documented on google so the mechanically inclined owner can fix most stuff at home and save a lot of money.
by firstname.lastname@example.org on Sep 6, 2010 Vehicle: 1999 Volvo S70
1999 Volvo, bought for a daughter for college. Safe...well, when it actually runs..which is not often. Breakdown with Volvo having NO answers: yyou leave your 19 year old daughter stranded 5 times with no way to run the car. It's not a car at that point, it's a piece of junk and your kid is in a very vulnerable place! Will discuss with ANYONE: This is not a safe car!!!!!! And forward looking cars (newer than this one)appear to be no better: their IT problem solvers really are dismal...
I bought this used with 120,000 as a gas mileage car. To tell you the truth, it only gets one more MPG than my Chevy Tahoe. The interior is kind of cheap and until it died in the middle of the road, it was decent mechanically. Now, with 130,000 miles on it, it doesn't run and know one can figure out why. The engine dies when you accelerate it. Overall: This is the first import I've owned since a 1981 BMW 8 series, and I think I will stick to American cars. My Chevys and Pontiacs have never given me problems. I don't think I will go back to Volvos, because I am very disappointed in the reliability.
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