2000 Volvo V70 2.4 petrol non turbo

Summary:

Practical classic

Faults:

ETS has failed, however this is not an issue for me, as I became a professional repairer of them and have assisted hundreds of owners with this system.

The 5 speed auto transmission, which is unique to only the R model and non turbos in the older body style in year 2000, has some valve body issues, which I believe either replacement of the solenoids or a refurbished or new valve body will solve.

The A/C has a leak somewhere and has never held refrigerant for long, so is not working.

Driver's and one rear window switch were replaced.

Front shock absorbers were original & getting tired at 280,000km, so I replaced them with Quinten Hazel units and am very happy with the ride/handling compromise.

Inner tie rods caused high speed instability at 300,000km. With new ones the tyre wear is even and stability is great.

No oil leaks whatsoever, which is awesome, however I do my own maintenance such as oil & filter. The oil cap seal can be a source of leakage on pre 2008 Volvos, and can literally flood the top of the engine, so this seal gets replaced at every oil change.

The top engine mount has failed and transmits some vibration to the cabin... Replacement is not difficult or expensive (under $60 AUD), and will be done shortly.

General Comments:

I bought this car fully knowing that at high kilometres there would be compromises and more maintenance than in a newer car. Even so, it has delighted me with excellence in practicality due to the rear seat/folding backrest, and a driving experience which has been totally pleasurable.

Front seats are great and the rear seats have boosters built in and also a built in centre child seat. Carpets, dash and plastics are excellent quality.

Climate control works well, and the cruise control keeps speeding fines down to a minimum.

The 125KW engine is ample when mated to the 5 speed auto, because there is always a good spread of torque and it rarely strains unless fully laden or towing.

I love the styling of the body. The later ones are pretty, but this P80 body is cleaner and more of a "classic" shape. People always identify this car with a bygone era of simplicity and style.

With built in massive section roof rails and a set of roof bars, it has carried ridiculous amounts of lumber and heavy items way over the carrying capacity of the roof with no issues.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2015

24th Jan 2016, 22:18

It's me again. I recently put the 2000 V70 non turbo car up for sale at 344,000km because I purchased a Volvo 2001 T5 as a replacement. Within 200km the T5 head gasket was blown and the fuel consumption had averaged over 15l/100km, which I feel is appalling. The car drove great, but is due for a full suspension rebuild at 212K kilometres including ball joints, tie rods, sway bar links and control arms.

From what I read, the control arms on the newer P2s are due every 80-100K kilometres when using genuine OEM parts, and between 15,000km and 60,000km with non genuine parts depending on brand.

In the meantime the P80 non turbo V70 continues to chug away, with very low fuel consumption; albeit much slower than the 2001 T5!

I made a decision to fix the T5, sell it and keep the 2000 V70 for the time being until I find a newer bodied non turbo. Yes I'll still have the suspension issues, but it should be better on fuel due to the next model retaining the Denso engine management, and I know my way around the cars so well that pretty much nothing fazes me, including programming of modules.

Still I'm very happy with my 2000 V70.

2001 Volvo V70 2.4T

Summary:

Warning -avoid at all costs-

Faults:

Shock absorbers leaking and rattling.

Strut mounts cracked.

Leaking water pump.

Problems with oil pressure.

*** Gearbox slipping, $5.000 to repair ***

General Comments:

Buyers beware. Do not get suckered in by the comfort and drive of this car, which is great in all regards. It is a disappointment that it is so unreliable, and parts and service are so expensive. The gearbox issues with all V70 models are a big problem, and this model of Volvo should be avoided at all costs as a result. I will never buy a Volvo again. I would sooner burn my money in a fire.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2009