The 2001 V70XC is absolutely the worst car I have ever owned or driven and I did once own a YUGO. So I think that sums it up. No one will touch this piece of junk and the most bizarre problems occur. Car has repeatedly been in the shop throughout my ownership, has almost gotten me into many, many accidents due to severe transmission problems, stalling and overheating. I think I have replaced every part on the car including the engine and transmission and most sensors and they fail again and again. Now the electrical system and information system is totally messed up. At this point I could have bought 3 brand new Chevrolets and I'm cutting my losses. This is also the worst driving car I have ever driven. It will give someone whiplash with the transmission jerking and lurching. Not even worth the recycling. I wouldn't want to curse the other items they might make out of the scrap. Never buy another Volvo period. When I see someone driving one, I can't help but pity them. AND, my model was made in Sweden.
I bought it with 200,000 miles. I won't even tell you how much I got it for, but within a month I spent the same amount fixing an exhaust leak. I changed all the fluids, I mean ALL of them. Don't mess around when you buy used. Just change the oil, differential fluid, coolant etc.. I drove it around awhile to make sure it wasn't going to die and after 6 months I replaced the timing belt. Now you know with the AWD system if the tires aren't the same size it will cause premature wear. Buy 4 new tires at the same time. Your taking a chance if you don't. My advice, don't do it. I drive it with the wife and kids 2,000 miles and back stopping frequently to feed children and sleep in hotels. We made it no problem and its still my daily driver. For me its been an outstanding value and I love the looks and the interior.
I bought this car in January for my first Big investment to keep my growing family safe. I was sold the car with several things wrong without prior knowledge. The vehicle had an oil leak (pretty significant) and the back wiper blade refused to function along with the back hatch having electrical issues. The passenger door just stopped working and the check engine light came on 2 days after buying it due to a "thermostat" code. The transmission seems weird at times, almost like it doesn't shift correctly. Mine has the "slap shift" option which may have something to do with it? but other than that it has been a really great car.
This Volvo is a beast in the snow, rain, climbing mountains and handles great in all.
This vehicle deserves 10 out of 5 stars for safety! I firmly beleive if I was in another vechicle our circumstances would have been much worse. We were re-ended in March, hit so hard that it knocked us into the car in front of us! Needless to say my Volvo took the hit like a champion and saved my husband, son, grandmother, and myself from serious injury. Sadly it was a total loss to damages, however I will buy another volvo (new year) to replace it!