1997 Volvo S70 2.5 10v from UK and Ireland
Safe, reliable and comfortable
No major problems, just small faults that occur at this age. These faults can be sorted quite easily. Mainly aesthetics.
Exhaust mounting snapped, can be welded back on.
This car was bought as one of my previous cars was a Volvo, I thought I would get back in to the brand.
I've owned the car just over a year now and there have been no breakdowns or faults that have occurred during my ownership. This was one of the main reasons I went back to Volvo.
The engine is a reliable unit, but isn't mind bogglingly fast, although this isn't what the engine was designed for. I have to say though I do like the noise it makes.
Being the auto, it's very smooth to drive and is very relaxing on the motorway, especially due to the lovely leather seats. The ride is firm though around town, one of my main gripes I have with the car, if it wasn't for the fantastic seats, then this can get annoying very quickly.
Interior wise, it's built very well. The dash is very well thought out with everything falling to hand easily. It's the detail that sets it out, the buttons being large enough to operate whilst wearing gloves. There are a few squeaks and rattles, but that's more down to the age again. Plenty of space in the cabin and boot so no problems there.
The only components I've had to change on the car are regular service items and consumables. It isn't the cheapest car to own, owing mainly due to it's weight and engine size averaging around 29 MPG. But I didn't buy the car to run on a shoestring, as I wanted something safe and reliable.
Overall the car is very well built and comfortable, and if you don't need the estate and the price premium that commands, the S70 is a decent car to own.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th January, 2010