1997 Volvo S70 TDI 2.4 turbo diesel


A perfect car


Steering pump died.

Vacuum pump noisy.

Rattles all around.

General Comments:

Do you want a solid and reliable car that can make you smile every time you drive it? Buy a Volvo S70.

The TDI is very reliable and has lots of torque on a short gearbox.

Sure it has its traditional Volvo faults such as buttons not working, and rattles and squeaks all around, but it's classy and a driver's car.

Too bad it isn't RWD.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2015

1997 Volvo S70 T5 2.7 turbo petrol


This is a FAST sedan


3 months ago the transmission broke against a tuned Honda Civic VTI.

This car IS reliable.

General Comments:

This car has punch.

I've previously owned a 95 Civic 1.5 90hp, and when I drove the S70 it was shocking.

The 240hp 2.3 Turbo engine is a charm.

Until you get it to more or less 3500rpm nothing happens, but pass that and the car just explodes in a blistering acceleration, crushing you against the seats, and by the time you notice it is already at the 6500rpm limiter, begging you to change gear!!

1st it gets you to almost 70km/h, then shift to 2nd and it gets you to more or less 110km/h. When you shift to 3rd the car takes you in an instant to almost 180km/h, 4th passes 230km/h, and 5th can take you up to 260km/h.

It is quite, quite fast.

The comfort is very good. The previous owner had installed everything. Leather seats, electric windows, electric seats, A/C, cruise control, etc, etc. Long distant trips are made without problems.

The economy on other hand is bad. With the petrol prices rising almost every day, it is hard to maintain this car, even if you drive it at low speeds. Here in Portugal we pay a LOT for petrol... We pay 2,3412 dollars (1,5€) per liter..

I had installed Koni Sport Suspension on this, because the original Suspension was too soft. You could feel the car wandering a bit in a fast turn. Still, with the Koni it is comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2008

19th May 2008, 19:26

I am from the USA. To me, 260 KPH = 161 MPH. To reach that speed with that car, it would have to be dropped out of an airplane!

20th May 2008, 08:50

Actually, you can pass the 260kph mark.

If you measure it with GPS you´ll be doing in reality more than 250 kph.