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2002 XC70 at 5,000 miles
By powerpa on
2003 Volvo XC70 AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)
Pretty nice car, underpowered, could use a 3L six with the turbo/intercooler. HP in 2002 was 197hp or so, about 207 or so in 2003. Not enough for a 3800lb AWD car. HP should be 225 and up. Highway handling at speed can be a little bit sloppy, but acceptable. Car is essentially 95% FWD and then AWD (sort of) when you need it. Tends to drift left a lot in the fast lane - Volvo says it's because of 'road crown'. I don't buy it. Comfortable highway cruiser for long trips on cruise- control (as long as you don't drive in the fast lane - pulls left).
Favorite Features
Manual shifting of auto tranny, whatever they call it. Pretty cool, works well. Good bad-weather car, has been great in the snow. Also, you feel like you are in a tank - feels very safe. The front pillars are real beefy. Seats and interior are very comfortable.
Suggested Improvements
3L 6 engine, 225HP, or more. Maybe consider 50-50 AWD like Audi or full time. Keep the ground height/clearance.
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