Love it, with quips
By Caffery on
1998 Volvo V70 XC 4dr Wagon AWD
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.
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.
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.