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A tank but enjoy driving it.
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By jawether
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1998 Volvo V70 XC 4dr Wagon AWD


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I've put 25k on it since buying 15 months ago with 132k. Since then I've replaced the sunroof glass due to a leak (got used one for $75), the emergency brake cables rusted, temperature sending unit went bad, spring seat on top of strut mount failed, refastened the rear hatch panel and a radio bulb burned out. Luckily, I was fortunate to do all these repairs myself except the strut work. When everything is working the car is a joy to drive. Regarding the safety factor, I feel like I'm driving a vault down the road. Bottom line... do not buy a used Volvo with 100k+ unless you can either do most of the maintenance and repairs yourself, or don't mind paying ~$80-100/hr to have the work done.


Best Features

Feels like being in the safest place on the planet. Heated, leather seats. Dual climate control. SC-816 CD system is loud and clean. Engine is silky smooth with good turbo power.


Worst Features

Ride is stiff but fits the image. Better front console cupholders. Cupholders in the rear. Rear hatch panel fastening system. Back-lit map light switches (can't see at night). Fuel door release does not always open- known problem with these models.


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Never-ending repairs
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By adampeart
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1998 Volvo V70 XC 4dr Wagon AWD


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I admit it. I fell for the comfort, space and "safety" of my '98 V70XC. I purchased the vehicle used, and everything seemed to function for the first month or two of owning it. Then the onslaught of malfunctions and glitches began. In the two years of owning this car I have had the following work done on it: 3 headlights, 2 tail-lights, 8 new tires, two alignments, CV joint replacement, ABS Control Module($700), Viscous Coupler (drivetrain issue-$1700), 2 sets of brake pads, 4 new rotors, engine mount replacement, and ETM replacement ($700). There is still a long list of comfort features that don't work, but I can't afford to fix - interior lighting, power windows/seats, etc., etc.


Best Features

Space! I could move a sofa in the back of it! Comfortable! Nice interior features and room to move. Engine! Though a little glitchy (it has 135,000 mi. now) the engine runs strong, and is its only mechanical saving grace.


Worst Features

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Keep the engine, ditch the car
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By nancy c
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1998 Volvo V70 GLT Turbo 4dr Wagon


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The engine in this car has been pretty reliable. And the first five years of owning it were great. Since then it's just been a money pit. The air conditioner has needed major repairs twice. There has seldom been a time when all four power windows functioned; fix one, another breaks. Same with the power locks. ABS very temperamental. Turns off for no reason. Now radio won't work. Inside trim on tailgate is falling off because the cheesy plastic tabs that hold it on broke. Too much money to fix. Every time it needs anything it seems like the bill is at least $1500. The 70,000 mile service was going to be close to $5000 so I'm selling this car. Maybe a mechanic will buy it.


Best Features

Safety. Decent radio, when/if it works.


Worst Features

Some quality control would be nice.


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Great wagon
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By mrpyromaniac
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1998 Volvo V70 T5 Turbo 4dr Wagon


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Just bought this baby with 150k on her, and she runs GREAT!! I checked everything out, suspension, timing belt, etc. Nothing wrong at all. And this wagon is fun to drive!! I would recommend these vehicles to anyone.


Best Features

Plenty of power, room, and still conserves fuel reasonably well. This wagon has sips (side impact protection system), another example of Volvo's safety. Comfortable to drive.


Worst Features

The leather seats always wear out! And the front headlight wipers always break. Rear wiper doesn't work as well. That's about it.


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Good car for Volvo savvy enthusiast
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By VolvoRottie
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1998 Volvo V70 T5 Turbo 4dr Wagon


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Purchased at repo auction and obtained service recs from selling dealer. In time owned, did upgrade to ceramic brake pads and top of the line rotors at minimum cost as a DIY job (I'm a woman!). ABS module out per usual paid $150 to get it fixed - now perfect. Oil changes using Mobil 1 and mann filters. That's it. Now finally a tune up for less than $100 in parts again DIY. This car rocks. Mine is loaded and other than very routine maintenance, knock on wood, it's been good. This year must recharge the Freon.


Best Features

Seats, handling, solid build, quality of leather topnotch, ride quality harsh but sporty as expected.


Worst Features

ABS module to eliminate these gripes. Easier to get into engine compartment. other than that nothing. Love the car.


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