I do love the feel, looks, and power of this car. It is ergonomically the best car I've yet owned. I am, however, completely fed up with the many repairs (expensive ones at that) that I've needed for the last 3 years (since the warranty expired). I replaced emission sensors twice, replaced strut top caps, replaced the drive shaft. I have lost confidence in this car... intermittent "emissions system service required" & ABS service required" messages, one blinker bulb or another blowing out every 4 months or so. A month ago a hissing by the brake pedal. Diagnosis: time to replace the brake booster - $800. Tonight a new message: "transmission service required". Argh!
plenty of power, great ergonomics - very comfortable ride, well placed instrumentation.
I had heard a lot about Volvos but never driven one. We saw this V7-T5 today in the lot and knew that second..this is the car we need. We test drove ...it was great...the leather, gps, sunroof...the works. The car feels quality..inside/out..and when we got the Carfax report...and it says..the car was imported directly from Sweden..that sold us... Great buy...we traded my 2001 Intrepid...with 140k miles..
GPS, Quality and that its a Volvo
The front console could be better but we got it used so cant complain..
I've owned 2 other Volvo wagons prior to this one. A 94' 850 T-5, 99' XC and my current 01' V70 T-5. I live in Anchorage, Alaska and decided on the 2 wheel drive model due to my previous XC was a nightmare with repairs. Drive handling with my 2001 V70 during winter has been pleasant on slippery roads with the normal all weather tires. The winter tires rubbed against the wheel wells while turning and elected to ditch them. The lower ground clearance helps with stability with little body roll in turns I've noticed. Transmission takes a little getting use to for effective use. I've found when accelerating from a stop it was best to ease on the gas which allowed gears to catch up.
Reliablity has been great so far. I had 53k miles when I purchased this vehicle. Just had a 60k service. Previous owner didnt do a 50k service so elected to find a good euro auto shop vs. going to dealer and getting robbed. Love rear seats with 2 angle settings. Mechanical Coffee hoder!!!
Would be nice to see a larger cabin. I still enjoyed the more boxy 850 wagon v.s this rounded edgy 2001 V70. Seems aero dynamics is taking over. Bring back the box! Better immitation wood on the interior door panel would be nice or maybe wood accents around radio or gear shift?
Cruise control works randomly half the time. Message center randomly shows that engine needs service. Fuel door fell off the car three times. Message center has shown exterior lights out but none found. replaced the front end suspension at 55,000 miles. (wife's car). Engine roar at idle very annoying.
At 5 years and 50,000 miles, our 2001 XC70 needed: a new ignition-key tumbler ($600), a new set of rear shocks ($750), which had destroyed a 6 month old set of tires and required their replacement ($650). Lastly, its solenoid transmission design failed while we were on the highway, cutting all power in a critical, dangerous situation. Solution? $3,400 for a new transmission. Together with some minor glitch fixes also not covered by warranty, our 'new car' has cost an avg of $1,250 per year in repairs alone. Proving, once again, you never actually own a Volvo...you just keep paying rent to your mechanic, local towers, and Volvo dealer service. Volvo Customer Care = total fraud.
That the car will have maintained its looks and Volvo can still peddle its hyped reputation long enough for us to unload this expensive, dangerous piece of crap so that we can buy a truly safe & reliable care, you know, like a Subaru or a Toyota.
Come clean on design flaws that put drivers and passengers at risk...transmissions that suddenly quit at 50K miles w/o any warning light or code? A car that cost close to 40K should not immediately cost $1,250 per year to repair. Quit theiving the public.