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1998 Volvo V70

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Disappointed with 98 V70 Wagon
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By Volvo Fan
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1998 Volvo V70 4dr Wagon


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I have owned both the 90 240 sedan and 85 240 wagon. I still have my 85 wagon and love it even with 200,000 plus... safe, sturdy and dependable, though quite noisy. After having kids it was a natural progression to go to the V70 but after the 100000 mark it has been a big disappointment. Computer problems with unclear diagnosis, interior cosmetic problems like leather pulling away from doors, visor flopping down, interior plastic pulling away from the tailgate, rubber edging falling off the door and more. We treat the car well and gently (never slamming the doors). I have spent $2000 to maintain the car in 2004 (that's without fixing the leather interior/tailgate).Not what Volvo used to be.


Favorite Features

Easy to drive, good turning radius, convenient 3rd seat option.


Suggested Improvements

Bring the LASTING quality back


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Mixed Bag
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By Captclam
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1998 Volvo V70 Turbo 4dr Wagon AWD


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This car is an engineering marvel as far as the fit, finish and drive are concerned. Before buying ensure there are no oil leaks a the oil return line is often trouble. The part online is $90 ($120 at dealer), and an easy do it yourself. The traction control module is notorously flaky. Test by slamming on breaks and then gas on gravel or sand before buying. If the TRACS or ABS lights come on, run. Part alone is $800, though you can trade your old one in online and get a rebuilt one for about $150 (see www.swedespeed.com forum). Check out Internet Volvo forums before heading in for repair as many high $ repairs are actually a $40 sensor gone bad.


Favorite Features

Great seats, and seat heaters. Outstanding brakes and acceleration. Great lights and windshield tinting (tinting around mirror between visors helps wonderfully on sunny mornings driving East or evenings driving West! Best stock sound system of any car, period!


Suggested Improvements

Too late, the car is 15 years old!


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unreliable
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By wolfpack770
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1998 Volvo V70 4dr Wagon


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My parents actually own this car. After owning 4 acuras, went to the volvo wagon because acura/honda didn't make a wagon. Big mistake -so many problems passin TN emissions (multiple times) mechanic said the best fix for this car was to find someone to drive it off a cliff. Car is in the shop about once every 1-2 months, this should not happen on a car that costs 33K new. We have even talked to Volvo rep for our area, they were unsympathetic. On the plus side, car is great on the highway and very safe, decent gas mileage, but on the whole we will never buy a volvo again.


Suggested Improvements

RELIABILITY!!! No "driver's cycle" to reset computer


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poor quality/reliability vehicle
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By unhappyv70glt
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1998 Volvo V70 GLT Turbo 4dr Wagon


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Purchased vehicle to get safest car for my family. Found multiple areas of poor reliability: oxygen sensors, brakes, turbo oil-line return seal- and now at 80K the ABS/Traction control computer is out ($700). Maint. costs in 7 yrs= $6500. Selling vehicle because I can't take it anymore.


Favorite Features

Decent acceleration.


Suggested Improvements

See above.


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bye Volvo
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By little_blaine
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1998 Volvo V70 XC 4dr Wagon AWD


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I bought this car new in 1998 for almost $40000 including a third row seat, taxes etc. I'm about to trade it in for $5000 (if I'm lucky). The repairs that this car has needed are incredible - leaks from everywhere, shot turbocharger, A/C, broker power locks, busted ABS, "Check Engine" light on constantly, failed inspection multiple times, burns lights, brakes and tires very quickly. The car is luxurious and rides well, and handles excellently in bad weather. However, given all the problems, I would never buy a volvo again.


Favorite Features

Heated seats, power adjustable seats, smooth ride, bad weather handling, confort, space.


Suggested Improvements

Improve the quality of components, across the board. Fix electrical problems. Longer warranty.


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