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1998 Volvo V70

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By Sandy
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1998 Volvo V70 XC 4dr Wagon AWD


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My beloved '98 Volvo V70 XC AWD , purchased at 170K miles, made it to 230K without ever breaking down and stranding me. It always started. The ride? Silky smooth. Visibility? Great. Room? Plenty for passengers and 2 big dogs. Safety? Top rated. The heated seats? Ahh! The maintenance was average cost at Mavis, very expensive at the dealer, though. If you can put in your own light bulbs, you're fine. However, the fuel pump died and they want $1,900 to $1,300 to fix it. I now realize that this car, new or used, is better purchased by wealthier individuals. If I could buy new, I would certainly do so.


Best Features

Heated seats, haute luxury interior, very roomy back with built-in cargo net & and hooks for dog gate. Big gas tank means less stops for gas. Safety unparalleled. Never broke down in 3 years I owned it.


Worst Features

Cup holder easily broken. Fuel pump shouldn't taken 17 hours of labor to reach. Check engine light goes on too easily for silly reasons. Can't complain much else.


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disappointing experience
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By peter
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1998 Volvo V70 XC 4dr Wagon AWD


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this is 3rd volvo and maybe last.first 2 gave very good service with 200k miles on each with very minor problems.current vehicle is constant maintenance problem wth endless check engine lights, early tire and brake wearouts, abs problems, emission problems. everything expensive to fix, trade in value low for price of car.getting rid of this irritant, probably won't be back.they used to be great cars and distressing to hear overall poor support from volvo


Best Features

solid car good power nice interior


Worst Features

improve brakes,engine control systems that trigger check engine lite, improve customer support or watch them drive away in hondas


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i've loved all 4 of my volvos
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By bob
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1998 Volvo V70 XC 4dr Wagon AWD


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i've owned 2 245 wagons, this XC, and my wife drives a XC90. need i say more----and i'd buy another. with this '98 XC, my wife was stopped at a light on the saw mill pkwy outside of nyc---2 passengers....rear-ended by a buick that didn't stop---hit her going 45 mph----not a scratch on the three volvo occupants---totaled the buick----we repaired the XC and still runs superbly. with a set of Thule roofracks/adapters--this vehicle almost becomes a small truck. AWD---we live in the hills of new england---not a problem with the volvo. repairs---the usual--let's say if you keep up with preventive maintenance---you won't be stranded or surprised by a huge repair bill. love my volvo wagons.


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Never buying another Volvo
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By dotk
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1998 Volvo V70 4dr Wagon


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I bought this car new thinking I would have it for 200,000 miles. Now that I've reached 100,000, I'm ready to give it up. I've had the usual complaints that other people mentioned (lights, constantly needing new brakes, Check Engine Light that never goes off). I also spent over $1500 replacing the steering rack at a little over 60,000 miles. I can't tell you how many times the dealer has lied to us about repairs needed (they wanted to replace the A/C coil when it was only a leak). While safe, I'm happy to be getting whatever little I will get as a trade-in and move on.


Best Features

Safety.


Worst Features

Reliability - Do something about the infernal Check Engine Light.


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Everything we hoped for
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By scott
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1998 Volvo V70 XC 4dr Wagon AWD


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We never thought we would shell out $35,000 for a Volvo AWD. But having owned the car now for 7 years, I can honestly say it is the best car we have ever had. It has a feel of extreme quality and runs "like new" to this day. Yes, repairs can be pricy on a $35k car - do people expect differently? The turbo provides plenty of pep, the leather seats are to die for, mileage is fine (19-24). We have had next to zero "fit and finish" problems, unlike our other vehicles which have come and gone. No major accidents, but you know with Volvo you are as safe as you are going to get. If and when this car finally dies (and with only 98000 miles it has a long way to go) I will surely buy another!


Best Features

Leather heated adjustable seats, dash layout, superb stereo, bullet-proof 5 cylinder engine, fit and finish, all around top quality.


Worst Features

Volvo's tend to go through brakes a little faster than most, probably due to heaviness of vehicle. Cheap cup holders. Needs adjustable intermittent wipers.


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