1998 Volvo V70 Consumer Review: A tank but enjoy driving it.

1998 Volvo V70 - Consumer Review

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A tank but enjoy driving it.
By jawether on


1998 Volvo V70 XC 4dr Wagon AWD


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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