I have my 2005 since purchased almost new as a loaner with a 2K on the odo. It is my daily driver kids to school and to work and road miles. I drive more than average abut 25K a year. There have been no major maintenance issues, I did replace a/c at 100k live in FL runs 24/7 here. I had a g tires, brakes, fluids changes and (timing belt at 105K). Dealer service can be expensive but you should follow the maintenance schedule and make sure the last owner did if you are buying high mileage. The vehicle still rock solid gets 25 MPG. Still has a top speed of 130 mph, so those SUV's might pass you with 400 hp but know this the V70 is faster than all of them they are ltd. to 110 :).
Has the storage of a wagon, drives like a sports sedan ( within limits). This is not a car that acts like a BMW at triple digit speeds, but is is stable and competent if you find yourself going that fast it is way safer than any SUV at 70 mph. Good a/c, great visibility, wonderful fut and finish, everything has held up exceptionally well in the interior.
No major failures of any of the big ticket items at 12oK impressive. I will drive it up to 200K.
Door dents since they are making cars lighter they dent easier, I have to get the dent removal team to go over the car for dings about every 2 years. Needs another 50 hp but not turbo charged, the new model with the V6 fixed that, but then there goes 30 mph on the road (yeah it is that good).
Go back to glass headlamps, I hate these plastic one that haze over, how does that look in 7 years> Awful and cheap. The 2003 did not have plastic they used glass headlamps not worth the weight savings in my opinion. Sell all the cars with 17 inch tires my base 16.s rims are dartier in the wind had a s60 with bigger tires was more planted in cross wind.
My V70 is actually a nonturbo automatic. My mileage is 30 highyway and 20 city. This is an excellent car. When you first start it up, it revs to 2,000 rpm and within a few seconds drops to around 700 +/-. Dealer said should be that way. Had a 98 V70 XC before and only had minor stuff. I traded down this time to V70 becasue of price and looks. Bought it for safety, best seats in the market place, heated seats,dual air controls, and highly rated reliabiltiy in consumer reports. Holds the road nicely. BTW, my wife has hit in the back by a big pick up. Smased truck front and radiator, it had to be towed. No injury to my wife, drove it home. No glass breakage, bumpers & shock system did job.
Seats, safety, dual air controls, heated seats.
Put grocery bag holders in all wagons. More colors to choose from.
Excellent all rounder. I do a lot of freeway miles and this car makes the trips pleasureable. It has a lot of power which is useful when joining the freeway or overtaking. It has a very comfortable driving position and feels rock solid on the road. And believe it or not, it's fun to drive. On an open road the performance of this car is quite surprising.
Performance is just excellent. Fuel consumption is great, 25-30 on freeway. Safety features as you would expect.
Rear seat is a little cramped. The audio controls are not very intuitive. The dashboard is a little dour and functional.