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1998 Volvo V70 4dr Wagon
It's an expensive car with cheap hardware. It's fun to drive, somewhat economical on gas, fairly comfortable, very expensive to maintain compared to other cars I have owned. I would not buy another Volvo, as much I have always liked and admired them.
Better quality hardware; an engine that doesn't self-destruct if the timing belt goes bad.
1998 Volvo V70 XC 4dr Wagon AWD
I've put 25k on it since buying 15 months ago with 132k. Since then I've replaced the sunroof glass due to a leak (got used one for $75), the emergency brake cables rusted, temperature sending unit went bad, spring seat on top of strut mount failed, refastened the rear hatch panel and a radio bulb burned out. Luckily, I was fortunate to do all these repairs myself except the strut work. When everything is working the car is a joy to drive. Regarding the safety factor, I feel like I'm driving a vault down the road. Bottom line... do not buy a used Volvo with 100k+ unless you can either do most of the maintenance and repairs yourself, or don't mind paying ~$80-100/hr to have the work done.
Feels like being in the safest place on the planet. Heated, leather seats. Dual climate control. SC-816 CD system is loud and clean. Engine is silky smooth with good turbo power.
Ride is stiff but fits the image. Better front console cupholders. Cupholders in the rear. Rear hatch panel fastening system. Back-lit map light switches (can't see at night). Fuel door release does not always open- known problem with these models.
1998 Volvo V70 XC 4dr Wagon AWD
I admit it. I fell for the comfort, space and "safety" of my '98 V70XC. I purchased the vehicle used, and everything seemed to function for the first month or two of owning it. Then the onslaught of malfunctions and glitches began. In the two years of owning this car I have had the following work done on it: 3 headlights, 2 tail-lights, 8 new tires, two alignments, CV joint replacement, ABS Control Module($700), Viscous Coupler (drivetrain issue-$1700), 2 sets of brake pads, 4 new rotors, engine mount replacement, and ETM replacement ($700). There is still a long list of comfort features that don't work, but I can't afford to fix - interior lighting, power windows/seats, etc., etc.
Space! I could move a sofa in the back of it! Comfortable! Nice interior features and room to move. Engine! Though a little glitchy (it has 135,000 mi. now) the engine runs strong, and is its only mechanical saving grace.
1998 Volvo V70 GLT Turbo 4dr Wagon
The engine in this car has been pretty reliable. And the first five years of owning it were great. Since then it's just been a money pit. The air conditioner has needed major repairs twice. There has seldom been a time when all four power windows functioned; fix one, another breaks. Same with the power locks. ABS very temperamental. Turns off for no reason. Now radio won't work. Inside trim on tailgate is falling off because the cheesy plastic tabs that hold it on broke. Too much money to fix. Every time it needs anything it seems like the bill is at least $1500. The 70,000 mile service was going to be close to $5000 so I'm selling this car. Maybe a mechanic will buy it.
Safety. Decent radio, when/if it works.
Some quality control would be nice.
1998 Volvo V70 T5 Turbo 4dr Wagon
Just bought this baby with 150k on her, and she runs GREAT!! I checked everything out, suspension, timing belt, etc. Nothing wrong at all. And this wagon is fun to drive!! I would recommend these vehicles to anyone.
Plenty of power, room, and still conserves fuel reasonably well. This wagon has sips (side impact protection system), another example of Volvo's safety. Comfortable to drive.
The leather seats always wear out! And the front headlight wipers always break. Rear wiper doesn't work as well. That's about it.