I love this car.
I did buy it initially as a safe vehicle for my teens but it drives so much better than my 2004 xc70.
This car is a hidden gem--the 2000 model year was the last year this was made, the last year of truly Swedish Volvos, way ahead of it's time with side curtain airbags, also quite luxurious.
Waited for a gem and found a base model with less than 100K, well cared for, bought for $4400.
Have had it for 1 yr.
I like that it is a great size, runs quietly, handles well, steering assist is just right, visibility terrific, seats comfortable.
This car is a pleasure to drive.
This did make improvemenst over the prior incarnation which had a very awdward dashboard and the unlock buttons annoyingly in the center console.
Still has flimsy cup holders.
I personally like the boxiness because it means I have good sized windows and the car is very upright so great visibility.
My later model volvo is the rounded type and it subtracts from visibility.
Better mpg would be nice.
If my much heavier xc70 can get 22mpg, this smaller one should do better.
Also, before getting this whole era of Volvo's you need to know that the check engine light comes on frequently.
Most of the time it is nothing, so it is helpful to have a trustworthy, non-dealer mechanic.
And now for the end of our S70 story. The car was sadly t-boned in summer 2014, still going strong. Our little tank did its job and protected the passengers perfectly, all airbags (14 yrs old) deployed. The police on the scene commented on how impressed they were with the outcome of this accident, the inside compartment was barely bowed, the other car totaled into our side panel. All occupants walked away without even scratches. I actually miss that car, the S60 I replaced it with does not have nearly the visibility, though is a solid car and fun to drive.
This was my review after buying the car almost 4 yrs ago.
Still doing great and drives like a champ, moving onto child #4 to drive it.
The leather is looking a bit worn on the seats and as other commented, the door panels are bumpy but those are cosmetics.
Interestingly, at my last scheduled maintenance service, I found out that at least three of the Volvo mechanics have this vehicle for their kids or wives.
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