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1998 Volvo V70

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Nice Car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Ryan
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1998 Volvo V70 GLT Turbo 4dr Wagon


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This was my first car, and I still own and like it a lot. So far, the only repair I had done was the front left brake caliper. A seal went bad allowing water to get to the inside causing rust so it didn't release all the way when I let off the brake. Labor is whats most expensive. You can find cheaper refurbished parts from Volvo, which is what I did. Its a heavier car, so it goes through tires faster than others. Fuel economy is okay, it seems to do better with premium. The body and appearance is fantastic. It still looks new 11 years later. I'd like to get larger factory Volvo wheels, as the 15" wheels it came with look oddly small compared to the larger body.


Best Features

The heated seats. The engine power, so long as you keep it maintained. Large online community of enthusiasts to back you up if you have problems.


Worst Features

The little electrical problems people seem to have. A manual would be nice. The automatic has a torque limiter, I believe.


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THis Will Help
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Jay W
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1998 Volvo V70 XC 4dr Wagon AWD


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I have 2 Volvos:850 & V70 both with nearly 200K. As you read these reviews, bear in mind there are 2 kinds ov Volvo owners: those who don't do squat themselves & expect 0 maintenance cuz it's a Volvo and get disappointed when they get gouged from dealers. (industry wide) And the other group are folks like me who do work selves and run em 4 ever. By huge margin, easiest to work on, extremely durable well-made. Don't be intimidated by the ignorance-based reviews: these cars will run for 300K easy! look online for maintenance helpful volvo sites! the inline 5cyl GM tried to copy: the motor is bulletproof!Local tranny shop almost never sees Volvos! Neg w/V's=little plastic trim interior stuff.


Best Features

I CAN FIX THIS CAR MYSELF SO EASILY!


Worst Features

Volvo's dealers are a problem for the company but find a mom & pop repair shop that knows Volvos and educate yourself and be a DIY mechanic. I've never seen a car so incredibly easy to work on! And stay away from off brand non-volvo parts: the quality is

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Mechanical Cascade Failure
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Plantiful
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1998 Volvo V70 4dr Wagon


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Bought this car, used, and it was fine until it was maintenance time. Once you need a clutch and/or timing belt replacement, it is downhill from there: Since April, we have replaced the braking system, a leaking drive boot/seal, heating core and 2 window motors (did myself), a seat belt that would not release, a power steering rack 2 weeks ago, and this week, we are featuring a mysterious motor-oil leak of some significance. Most of the interior plastic is broken, as it is some cheap junk Ford must have introduced, paint has been off of the bumpers for some time. After 120,000 miles, just say "No".


Best Features

Besides my visits to the garage, the space, the third seat in the back.


Worst Features

Re-introduce quality into the vehicles.


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Love it, with quips
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By Caffery
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1998 Volvo V70 XC 4dr Wagon AWD


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Purchased with 98k on it, now up to 187k, with about 30k just this past year. Like others, a Love/Hate relationship, but leaning more towards "love." General comfort is fantastic - supportive seats that you can sit in for hours, and the ride is smooth but never floaty. The engine is not a tire- shredder, but when you stomp on the pedal (esp. at low speeds), it can boogie, for sure. It always starts, and I average around 23 mpg, too. Interior ergonomics and control layout are also excellent, although some flimsiness (see below). AWD system is great - recently drove 5+ hours through a record-breaking blizzard and never lost an ounce of control. Lots of room for both people and cargo.


Best Features

Comfort, ergonomics, simplicity, ride/handling balance, general competence at all tasks. This car blends a vast array of capabilities. Off-road ability is astonishing, too. Driven this thing across the country, twice, and taken it almost everywhere you can imagine with ever-increasing confidence.


Worst Features

Lots of interior rattles have developed and little things have broken here and there - tailgate panel rattles incessantly, cupholder broke, master window/lock switch broke, seatbelt locked up, CD changer fritzes out at times. Timing belt went at 130k and was a $3000 job for a total engine rebuild.


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I Paid for it 2X's
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By CD Barnett
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1998 Volvo V70 4dr Wagon


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I have paid for the car at least twice in repairs. I love the look of the car and the carrying capacity, but the repairs have done me in. I am looking for another car.


Best Features

Looks. Carrying capacity.


Worst Features

Mechanical


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