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1999 Volvo V70 R

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R 2.3L 5-cyl. Turbo AWD 4-speed Automatic - (5 reviews )
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My best Volvo yet (out of 8!)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Dr Rick
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Vehicle

1999 Volvo V70 R R Turbo 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

This black rocket is nearing the 200,000 mile mark, and I can't wait to get her 200K merit badge. Like any Volvo, I can ride for 12 hours and feel like it's just been 2. I've done every service recommended and find the car a tremendously economical vehicle. In fact, I went beyond that and replaced everything at 150,000, with the intention of keeping it for a long, long time. I am now doing routine services myself, which I am finding incredibly easy with the help of friendly folks on the Internet. A new heater blower cost me $100 (eBay) for a new one and 15 minutes -- seriously! -- of my time. Who needs a Volvo dealership?! I should have been doing this several Volvos ago!!!


Favorite Features

Incredible acceleration (with the SRS turned off). 28 mpg on the highway. Seats that feel like my living room recliner -- only better! Low gear that gives high torque/RPM for rocket-like performance. Easy-to-work on engine for even the 30K service (just $60 in parts)! Jammin' stereo... and more!


Suggested Improvements

Have all been integrated into newer Volvos, like my '01 XC!


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Neverending
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By Ryan
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1999 Volvo V70 R R Turbo 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

Everywhere I turn, it's not a huge repair, but it's many little things that go all at once. The dash lights died altogether, and after doing that, the radio and climate control wouldn't light up (individually burnt bulbs). Lots of rattles, that you eventually learn to live with (welcome to the Volvo Family). Electronic seat stopped a few times.


Favorite Features

Turbo!!! Car has a lot of get up and go, have lots of competition with younger drivers even though I shouldn't provoke it. (Too bad, I win.)


Suggested Improvements

Fewer rattles. Go back to building tanks like the old 240s which I am also a proud owner of (weekend car).


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Stay away from Volvo
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By Valerie Wood
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1999 Volvo V70 R R Turbo 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

Bought vehicle used in 2003 with 42,000 miles on it. Paid $23,000 for it. Have had nothing but trouble. Multiple visits for leaking antifreeze, replaced hoses, tightened clamps, replaced reservoir. Volvo dealer says this is wrong, independent mechanic says that is wrong. Had to return multiple times for a faulty ETS that Volvo finally replaced due to multiple class action suits. Warning lights flash on and off and no one can figure out what is wrong. $2000 later, car is worse than when I first brought it in.


Favorite Features

outer appearance


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Love This Car
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By Speed Mom
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1999 Volvo V70 R R Turbo 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

Great car! Almost no mechanical problems. Handles beautifully. Comfy for long road trips. Hauls dogs, kids, canoes, stuff. Goes like stink!


Favorite Features

Speed, comfort, cargo capacity.


Suggested Improvements

More legroom width in the front seat.


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Best balance of of perf/price/utility
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By chuckchuck
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1999 Volvo V70 R R Turbo 4dr Wagon AWD


Review

Compared vs Audi, Mercedes, BMW. Volvo wins based on price, performance, versatility, and finally the 4x4


Favorite Features

Once the turbo gets going it is a rocket. Great for putting my family of five and also hauling stuff from HomeDepot. In fire-engine red its hot :-)


Suggested Improvements

Turbo lag, the R could have stiffer springs... Considering adding upgrades from IPD!


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