1998 Volvo S70 2.0 turbo


Great car, but expensive to maintain


AC not working correctly at 57000km. Leak in evaporator unit - unit replaced and AC recharged - repaired under warranty, but full cost $1400NZD.

Passenger side window motor problem 75000Km - new unit installed for $250NZD.

Faulty coolant level indicator at 75000km - cost to replace $56NZD.

86000km Car surging in idle and ETS light coming on - Volvo dealer could not correct, but local mechanic knew straight away what the problem was and fixed it - Cost $450NZD.

SRS light on 86000km - Clock spring in steering wheel had gone - part cost $600NZD and labour $350NZD.

SRS light on at 93000km - fault unknown at time of this review.

General Comments:

This is a great car that handles well and has great pick up. Cornering is sure footed with great grip.

Comfort levels are good with dual area AC, comfortable and roomy seats.

No cup holders!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th March, 2007

20th Jun 2014, 04:23

The cup holders are hidden in the armrest - they slide out! And there are two!

1997 Volvo S70 20-V 2.5L 20-V


Brilliantly conceived and executed machine for the normal driver


Very little, though front-wheel drive combined with soft brake-pad compound causes fairly high, but even, brake wear.

All minor niggles fixed quickly under warranty by main Volvo dealership which provided free loan car and full carwash whenever this occurred.

At 58,000km -- aircon switch and sensor replaced when unit was regassed.

At 65,000km -- front wheel hub kit was replaced when wheel bearing failed. The problem was due to a faulty original part and not to driving style, but Volvo was unreceptive to complaint since time component of warranty had expired.

At 72,400km -- steering rack replaced due to abnormal wear, again because of faulty original part; cost could not be recovered for same reason as above.

General Comments:

An excellent car for general comfort, handling, safety and reliability which has amply repaid the product research conducted before its purchase. Five other comparable cars were shortlisted, from Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Peugeot and Volkswagen, and I'm convinced the right choice was made.

Power and handling are quite adequate for all normal purposes. This is a true saloon car which will get you there and back in great comfort and with no drama at all; if you want to dice with death or impress your pimply friends, or just risk your licence, go get a fashionable German or Italian car and enrich the insurance company as well!

Superb internal ergonomics -- all's in its proper place, excellent instruments and controls, and magnificent leather seats which only the French makers come near to achieving for support as well as comfort.

Far roomier front and rear than later Volvo models, and more comfortable for long trips -- the Ford influence? This is important in Australian conditions, where driver fatigue kills more than raw speed or recklessness.

Excellent factory sound system is also well tuned to the internal acoustics, but the low-end bass response will not appeal to heavy-metal rock lovers with a mobile-disco fixation.

Capacious trunk which is well insulated against road noise. Plenty of internal storage as well.

The brakes are awesome in their power to stop this solid car without any fade and in a straight line from high speed. High brake-pad wear is a small price to pay for that stopping-power confidence. But then Volvo has always provided the benchmark for active as well as passive safety technology.

The engine note is a purposeful rumble which is comfortingly audible rather than intrusive. Road noise is minimal and wind noise nonexistent. This is no howling banshee, nor a deathly hearse!

Steering is sharp, progressive and very predictable, with the usual amount of torque-steer in front-drive cars. The car handles twisting roads and rough surfaces confidently and well. With a turning radius substantially tighter than in the comparable cars mentioned earlier, parking is straightforward.

Finally, the fit and finish are of a very high standard. The paintwork and underbody rustproofing are exemplary as one would expect from a car designed to survive salty European winter roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2005