2003 Volvo XC70 Review from North America

2003 Volvo XC70 2.4T

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4T Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance6000 miles
Previous carNissan Pathfinder


Nice Comfortable SUV alternative


Squeaky plastic interior parts seem to indicate that the interior fit and finish is not exactly what a new $40,000 car should have. We've had to bring it back to have the plastic fixture around the light switch shimmed to stop noises. New annoying noises/squeaks seem to be starting though.

We have had the engine suddenly rev high and then come back down while driving down the road at a normal pace and holding the accelerator constant. It has happened around a dozen times in the past 7 months that we've owned the car, but haven't brought it to the dealer's attention yet.

General Comments:

Generally this is one comfortable car. Aside from the interior squeaks and noises.

The seats are incredibly comfortable and the cabin interior nicely appointed.

Handles really really well in the snow.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2004

3rd Aug 2005, 09:14

The revving problem may be due to a faulty throttle position sensor. I complained of this for months on my 1995 T5-R, and the dealer finally found and replaced the faulty unit, which solved the problem. The fault caused the transmission to downshift inappropriately, even when my foot was off the gas and we were going downhill.

Hope this helps.

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review