Everything has systematically broken down, cracked, snapped off or ripped on this car. My mechanic even shakes his head at the ridiculously poor quality of this vehicle. I spent well over 10,000 on mechanical repairs in the last 6 years, always thinking that each trip to the mechanic would be the last.....Ha! In addition to that expense- the following have happened: glove compartment hinge broken, electrical door locks and windows don't always work, panel by drive shaft cracked, side view mirror adjuster broken off, most speakers are not working, locking system on back hatch doesn't always close, vent panel for defrost fell off, and more burnt out head and tail lights than imaginable.
Bought my V70 T5 Automatic 2 years ago not knowing the bad rep the car has. No wonder the price is pretty low. In 2 years, i put in 50K miles with total support from Volvo specialist for a routine maintenance and to tackle to 'usual' problem. It has been maintained with full synthetic at the specialist (NOT JIFFY LUBE) who knows this car in and out. Car has been served me well but it does cost a lot to maintain this car. But when you compare this wagon to a BMW / AUDI/ Mercedes wagon, then volvo still cheaper than those germans. Don't compare these cars with your HONDA or TOYOTA. Compare Euro to Euro not to the Japs. Your idea of cheap maintenance, get a honda/toyota. Problems below*
Totally love the seat, functionality , total luxury without being flashy as BMW/ Benz.
Great MPG as I get Max 32 MPG on total interstate driving. Combined City/Highway 24MPG.
Dynamic stability traction control is great on ice/ snow and emergency maneuver.
Fold down seat to a cavernous space.
*problems/Maintenance (at Volvo specialist) : on my 2 yrs of ownership, Driver door module (parts/labor $600) / Engine mounts top,bottom (common probs / parts/labor) $400, Required Transmission service every 20K miles to prolong the transmission life $100/ service.
Oxigen sensor/ emission issues roughly $300 for some various parts.
Key point : Take good care of the car, it ll take care of you. Don't just take it to a lube job, take it to a specialist who knows the car in/out.
Auto trans, be gentle, let the trans engage then accelarate.
Let turbo engine spool down after a long drive before turn off the car.
I love my V70 T5 so will you.
Bought new in 2001 through Volvo's Diplomat Sales as special order with cloth interior (vice leather) and 5- Speed MANUAL transmission. Car has been very reliable and aside from usual wear items such as pads and rotors, have not spent more than $1K over last 10 years for repairs that included replacement of a pollution device plus new timing and serpentine belts. Perhaps having the manual transmission that's made the difference, but has been dependable and decent on gas. Would not buy another Volvo because Ford pretty much destroyed the company. Current Volvos are just too expensive for what one gets. Current models offer old technology.
Front-seat comfort and decent cargo capacity. Wish the Japanese or Koreans offered station wagon of comparable size.
Stay away from the Volvo's automatic transmission.
Special ordered thru Diplomat Sales program with 5-Spd MANUAL transmission and cloth interior. Over the last 10 years, I've replaced only brake pads/rotors, timing belt and one emission component. Obviously having a manual transmission, spared me the universal problems associated with auto transmissions, but the car has been very dependable by any measure. Other than brakes and rotors that I replaced myself, total repairs by dealers and/or privite shops since 2001 total less than $1,000.
Car is great in snow and seats make long trips comfortable. I would have prefered more legoom in rear, but the vehicle has plenty of room for front- seat passengers and cargo. In fact, no one makes more comfortable seats than Volvo. Gas mileage too, is not bad for its size.
Relative to what's now available in marketplace, my 2001 V70 is quite dated and so are the vehicles currently sold by Volvo, so this one is likely my last.
This car was a problem child the moment we got it. Transmission computer failed, then the trans blew, engine mounts continually fail, side marker lights fell out several times. dipstick is constantly shot out, spraying oil everywhere, no solution from repair shop. Eats oil and gas like it's going out of style. semi-auto shifter broke early, expensive to fix. It is safe though, spends more time in the shop than on the road!
cassette adapters work with its stereo, bucket seats are nice, handles decently