first of all, for everyone whining about the thing breaking, it's a 15 year old car at this point.
You HAVE to stay on top of the maintenance AND preventative maintenance.
Failure to do so will mean small things can add up to big problems.
That said, if you take care of the car, you will enjoy it.
I had a 98 T5 and still have my 99 T5 and both have been trouble free and dirt cheap to own.
At this point in their age, a check engine light is not a big deal.
Everything that CAN go wrong with the car is documented on google so the mechanically inclined owner can fix most stuff at home and save a lot of money.
The car is very well built and has
exceptional interior space as compared
to like size American and Japenese
autos. T-5 Turbo power is very
impressive after you get used to the
slight hesitation when full gas pedal
is applied. Suggest getting service
from other than a dealership, they are
very high. Love to drive the car!
Overall, being a high-school kid who has parents to pay for silly things like $1000 repairs once every few months, I love it.
Sometimes the dashboard warnings light up like a Christmas tree, and other times it tells me everything is running fine.
Sometimes I feel like I'm in a sporty sedan, other times, I feel like I'm in an old boat that's about to fall to bits.
Be ready for repairs.
When it's running as it should, it's a sportier car than you would ever guess by looking at it, and the driver's seat is a nice place to be.
Always told Volvo's were reliable cars. This one has had problems since day one. I have gone through 2 sets of O2 sensors and its ready for a 3rd, used both Volvo and OEM before. 02 sensor harnesses. Replaced throttle body. Oil breather box, emissions system, and PCV needs replaced. Replaced ball joints and tie rod ends. Steering still makes noise. Power steering fluid leak. Cam seal oil leak. 2 heater cores replaced. Ate 2 sets of breaks and rotors in 50K. Turbo needs rebuilt. Fuses and bulbs go out all time. Electric seat motors are going out.
Cup holders are poorly designed.
I own a 1999 s70 2.5 non-turbo 5 speed i work as a Toyota tech in a Volvo Toyota dealership I bought the car off a customer with throttlebody issues with is very common on volvos with is engine. I have a couple things that bother me about the car. The noisy dash drives me nuts but someone has removed it before so i cant blame Volvo. the second is acceleration is poor up until about 3500 rpm the car comes to life. Their is maintenance ive done timing belt struts engine wire harness (why i got the car no power to the throttlebody) I have access to specialty tool dice scan tools and volvo tech line. but if you but a 15yr old car expect maintence costs and a lot of the work is dealership only because of reprogramming. I drive the car 300 plus miles a week with minimal problems problem i dont know if from preventative maintenance but the car treats me good but if you are not mechanically inclined you probably dont want to get this car or any other 15yr old car all wear parts will fail at some point with good maintenance on some common sence you can have volvos run 300k i see them every day but the owner take car of them if any thing listen to your car it will tell you when something is wrong and act on it spending a little money now will save you a major repair later timing belts fluid flushes engine lights their on for a reason if a part continues to fail someone hasent diagnosed the root problem have a skilled tech take a look but all in all i like the car