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2007 Volvo XC70

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Base 2.5L 5-cyl. Turbo AWD 5-speed Automatic - (19 reviews )

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2007, The Best Year for XC70
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By Dave
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2007 Volvo XC70 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)


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My current 2007 XC70 is my second; the first was 2004. All prior model year problems (e.g. transmission) seem to have been fixed on the 2005-2007 model years and '07 was the last year before Ford made Volvo cost reduce the vehicle and substitute the problematic Mitsubishi OEM T6 engine for Volvo's bulletproof 2.5T.

I now have nearly 150k miles on this car and my only significant repairs have been (a) timing belt and water pump at 110k as specified, (b) lower control arms at 120k, (c) brake disks at 130k, and steering wheel position sensor "clock spring" just done at 148k. Seats still look practically new. The chassis is tight and free of rattles. Even the original struts still doing well, although I've thought about replacing them to tighten up the ride quality a bit. All in all, a very solid and well built vehicle - very comfortable, big storage in back, and tight if not razor sharp European style handling. I particularly admire the 2.5T engine. Torque peak at 1,900 rpm is right at 55mph where you need it for passing. Light boost turbo maintains power at altitude, yet runs nicely on US regular 87 octane gas - unlike Mercedes, Audi, etc.

Good sound system, comfortable seats, intuitive controls, great visibility, sure handling, and higher ride height that makes for easier in/out for us older guys plus eliminates annoying scrapes in front while parking (and you don't plow snow with the front bumper unless it's well over six inches.

My only niggle with this vehicle is road noise which can be an issue with most aggressive tread patterns. I've finally settled in happily with Pirelli's P7 AS plus, Tirerack's number one rated Grand Touring tire, which is as quiet as they come with crisp handling and commendable grip in all conditions.

Unfortunately, I don't see myself buying a newer Volvo product. Replacement candidates include the Cadillac CTS sport wagon (comparably priced but less comfortable seats, high revving engine) or Mercedes E350 wagon (premium fuel, funny controls, expensive) or perhaps Lexus RX if you like SUVs (also expensive). So, not for lack of looking but certainly for lack of a better alternative, looks like I'll be keeping this good old girl and treating her well for a good while longer.

One minor issue remains - the fuel tank straddles the hump necessary for AWD - which means there are two low points in the tank. If the tube linking the two low points in the tank together gets clogged, the car can lose fuel pressure and stall when the indicator still reads 1/4 tank. Mine is partially clogged, so only happens occasionally on long highway trips with no stops. I've spoken with other owners who have to fill up before theirs reads 1/4 tank even in the city.

Finally, if you read the owner blogs Dealers are often referred to as "the Stealership". I've found them capable but very expensive. Could be worse if you have a Mercedes or Audi. Another reason to not buy a new one - along with Volvo's new Chinese ownership (?).


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Worst car I ever owned
12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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By crustyjef2
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2007 Volvo XC70 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)


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We purchased this car hoping to get well into 6 figures on the mileage.
Well within 2000 miles of the warranty expiring i am incurring $8000 in repairs.
Failed water pump and timing belt and then the transmission failed.
Volvo and dealership seem to care less.
I get it that i am outside the warranty, but come on Volvo! 2000 miles?


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(Almost) Everything a Car Should Be
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By matt1122
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2007 Volvo XC70 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)


Review

I have owned two of this generation of the Volvo XC70. I upgraded from a 2001 to a 2007 to gain electronic stability control, a more powerful and cleaner running engine, and the Haldex AWD. The only reliability problem I have had in the 11 years since my first XC70 was delivered was a bad transmission in the 01. It covered by warranty, and at no point was I unable to drive the vehicle - even once it became obvious the transmission was going (it simply became loud and clunky).


Best Features

The best thing about this car is its character. It has all of the comfort and security you would expect out of a Volvo wagon, but is built so that the occasional rocky dirt road, snow storm, or runaway shopping car won't ruin your day. In addition, the 2.5L Turbocharged engine makes it a car that is both fun to drive and easy to merge onto a highway with. The large, flat cargo area behind the rear seats combined with the steel cargo barrier accessory also make this an ideal road tripper for dog owners (the rear seat bottoms can be folded forward when the dog is in the back and secured with a tether, leaving plenty of room for your bags even if your pooch takes up the whole cargo area!).


Worst Features

I would have liked if a more powerful engine was available on the 2001 - 2007 models, especially something as nice as the 325HP available on the 2012 XC70 T6 with Polestar Performance Package. I also wish the fuel economy was a bit better. I generally get 19 - 22 MPG depending on the time of year with a strong mix of city and highway driving.


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Gas and Tires
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By crh
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2007 Volvo XC70 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)


Review

solid ,no mechanical fault with 36000k I get 19 to 21 in winter and sum.20 to 24,5 all hwy drive,you get better mpg at 77 then 74 or 65 ,uses more 68 to 74


Best Features

easy to drive,good hwy car


Worst Features

small back seat,suspention grabs the road but its loose,not like audi,bmw mb or vw/volvo for life because it depreciates to fast,a 45k car its retail for 26 last 3.5yrs,next time il grt a used one for a 3rd car


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A Smooth Ride
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By maggiemay
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2007 Volvo XC70 4dr Wagon AWD (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)


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This is my first experience with Volvo and after having driven the XC-70 for two years, I submit this review. The XC-70 is a wonderful machine with an incredibly smooth ride for a wagon. I feel very safe in this vehicle and the weight of the XC-70 surrounding me evokes a secure feeling. The XC-70 handles well in inclement weather and is easily maneuvered when quick action is required. For comfort and safety, I would recommend this model to any couple who loves to travel by auto. Would not recommend it if back seat passengers are often along -- too cramped.For safety and reliability, I would say it is second to none.


Best Features

Love the memory feature on drivers seat, driver and passenger comfort is exceptional. Nice sound system and back up warning feature is a real bumper savor. Love the design now that it no longer resembles a saltine box. Well done!


Worst Features

REALLY needs more leg room in rear seat. More left foot space for driver. More storage in front. Visibility for driver looking over shoulder to the right not good. Needs a better way to lower back seats so front seats have more maneuverability. Needs ability to move passenger seat w/o turning key


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