1998 Volvo V70 Consumer Review: Love it, with quips
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1998 Volvo V70 Wagon - Consumer Review

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Love it, with quips
By Caffery on

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1998 Volvo V70 XC 4dr Wagon AWD

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Purchased with 98k on it, now up to 187k, with about 30k just this past year. Like others, a Love/Hate relationship, but leaning more towards "love." General comfort is fantastic - supportive seats that you can sit in for hours, and the ride is smooth but never floaty. The engine is not a tire- shredder, but when you stomp on the pedal (esp. at low speeds), it can boogie, for sure. It always starts, and I average around 23 mpg, too. Interior ergonomics and control layout are also excellent, although some flimsiness (see below). AWD system is great - recently drove 5+ hours through a record-breaking blizzard and never lost an ounce of control. Lots of room for both people and cargo.

Best Features

Comfort, ergonomics, simplicity, ride/handling balance, general competence at all tasks. This car blends a vast array of capabilities. Off-road ability is astonishing, too. Driven this thing across the country, twice, and taken it almost everywhere you can imagine with ever-increasing confidence.

Worst Features

Lots of interior rattles have developed and little things have broken here and there - tailgate panel rattles incessantly, cupholder broke, master window/lock switch broke, seatbelt locked up, CD changer fritzes out at times. Timing belt went at 130k and was a $3000 job for a total engine rebuild.
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