1999 Volvo XC70 Reviews from North America

1999 Volvo XC70 AWD 2.5 turbo

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 kilometres
Most recent distance110000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Sidekick

Summary:

Mistake, mistake, mistake

Faults:

- Lost all 3 grille pieces.

- Driveshaft.

- Radio.

- Angle gear.

- Emissions sensor.

- Paint chips on dash.

- Steering wheel chipping.

- Frequent bulb burn out.

- Scary oil consumption.

- Various valves.

- Frequent engine light.

- The above is just the tip of the iceberg.

General Comments:

I always used this car as the best example of why you should purchase an extended warranty. The total bills I would have owed could have exceeded $6200.00 in a 3 year period. By far the most disappointing vehicle I ever owned. Foolishly I purchased based on the Volvo reputation of longevity that disappeared a long time ago. Thankfully the Volvo service folks advised me to dump the car, as all of this model had problems with more to come. I then went back to Suzuki, where I have been driving a trouble free Aerio for 7 years and counting.

Stay away from Volvo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th November, 2012

1999 Volvo XC70 Cross Country 2.4

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance154000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

Sturdy

Faults:

The air filter to turbo airline was cracked at the turbo end.

The driver's seat seam was coming undone.

The left hood latch wasn't working.

The AWD center bearing mount plate was rusted through, though there isn't a speck of rust anywhere else.

The passengers rear window up function cannot be controlled by the driver's window controls.

The drivers sun visor is broken.

The top engine mount is broken.

General Comments:

The car has no rust on it. It is good to know that at least one automaker can do proper rust preventative measures, though at a high cost.

The wagon drives like a car, though a heavy car. To get an AWD SUV with this handling, you would have to spend some serious money.

I doubt you could afford to keep it maintained properly at the Volvo dealer. I do ALL my own maintenance, so even things like engine replacements cost less for me than a radiator replacement at the shop.

It is a great car to drive, and very handy with the giant space in back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2012

1999 Volvo XC70 AWD 2.5 LPT

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.5 LPT Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance199800 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Buy only if you are handy, or know someone who is

Faults:

ABS module.

Engine mount failures.

Thermostat.

Tie rods and sway bar bushings.

General Comments:

An extremely comfortable and practical car. When this car dies - I will pull the seats, and they will go in my living room.

It benefits from zealous maintenance over and above what the owner's manual recommends, and finding an independent repair shop that specializes in Volvos to save $$$.

DIY'ers will find this car OK to work on, however one needs small hands as the engine is shoehorned into a pretty tight space.

Easy to drive, great in snow. Interior fit and finish excellent. I haven't had a 10 year old car that still feels this new inside.

Expensive to run, as Premium makes the engine run smoother.

Search the Volvo forum community for great tips and DIY advice.

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

Review Date: 10th May, 2011

1999 Volvo XC70

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired158000 miles
Most recent distance170000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Save yourself $$ and headache, and avoid this car

Faults:

I bought the car for $5500, and within 500 miles of driving, the fuel gauge stopped working, along with the other electronic read outs.

Apparently the fuel filter was never changed in its first 150K of life, so I ended up having the fuel pump blow on me. Wow, that was insanely expensive to fix ($1200).

All the spark plugs needed to be fixed shortly after this ($200).

Oh, I almost forgot. The viscous coupler blew out its bearings. To get a new one (and to make the AWD work again), it would have cost like 900 bucks. Instead, I had them remove the drive shaft completely for $80, which "fixed" it by rendering the car FWD only.

Seat belts are designed very poorly. The little plastic clips get jammed into the seat. It's really a foolish design.

The key would get stuck in the ignition, but a little WD fixed that.

Now the alternator is dead, but I am out of money to fix it ($200?).

I would totally recommend avoiding old Volvos at all costs. They are just too expensive to fix. I went to non dealer Volvo people who tried to cut me a deal, but it made no difference. Next car I buy will be a used Honda Accord, or something that is not so expensive to fix.

General Comments:

It handles well.

Interior is very nice.

Had good acceleration when it worked properly.

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

Review Date: 20th August, 2010

20th Aug 2010, 07:54

So, basically, you bought a poorly maintained car? Apart from lack of past maintenance, it seems OK for the miles!

20th Aug 2010, 11:57

Well, I agree with you in parts, but not all the way. Old Volvos are very very reliable cars. Engine, 4cyl-5cyl, turbo or not, transmission = unlikable. The electronics are like 7/10 for some gauges that stop working. All Volvos are having this problem. These cars were tanks. Well, until Ford bought Volvo in 2000, and destroyed this Swedish icon.

The point I agree with you is that the XC70 model of the year 1999-2000 is a stinker. It was using the old unadapted Volvo 740 AWD system. For fuel pump and electrical problems, good maintenance is a must, and a garage-checkout is to be considered when buying old cars. Don't blame the marque of the car please.

20th Aug 2010, 14:57

"Well, until Ford bought Volvo in 2000, and destroyed this Swedish icon."

Very true. We owned an early 80's Volvo 240 Estate, and it ran perfectly until the day we traded it in with over 350,000 miles on it. It NEVER had a single major issue. When I found out Ford had bought Volvo, I never bought another one, as some of the worst vehicles I've ever owned have been Ford's (and GM's!)

15th Dec 2013, 14:01

You state you never purchased one, so how would know if they were good or bad?

Average review marks: 4.9 / 10, based on 10 reviews