We just bought a 1998 V70 XC awd with 238,000 miles on it.
WE quickly learned something it may be helpful to pass on.
Volvo delaership work and Volvo parts will break you.
Heater core replacmeent
- from Volvo $800.
It is a two hour job and you cna do it for less than $200.
Or you cna find a good independant mechanic who does not blindly charge book rates and get it done for $400.
Front Struts - this needs to be done by a professional unless you have special tools or knowledge, but you cna pay over $1000 at Volvo or about $600 at a decent indy shop.
There are quite a few other items that are relatively easy to do yourself and if you find after market parts -
not too expensive.
Favorite featurres are the interior appointments and the build quality (doors go thunk not clang)
Many parts are overengineered and more complex than they need to be.
Of course the notorious AWD gearbox should never have been installed on these things.
Bypass it or rebuilt it every few years.