1997 Volvo S70 10V 2.0 injection from UK and Ireland
A solid reliable Viking ship
1991 one burnt out high tension lead.
1991 new battery.
This just has to be the most reliable car I have ever driven. It's not fun, it's not quick and it won't pull the dolly birds, but:
Nothing ever goes wrong (touch wood). OK one burnt out plug lead in four years and the battery is a consumable item anyway.
It's big, comfortable, will run all day at 70 miles/hour (I'm breaking the law saying any higher) and you can step out at the end of the day with the lumbar region of your back still intact.
My pretty basic model doesn't have heated seats, but from previous experience these break down quite early in the cars life anyway.
Fuel economy is not too bad for a car it's size: 28.9 average miles per gallon and it doesn't seem that different whether that's on a run or around town, however:
Don't use the air conditioning! OK, so I've never had the air con serviced, so it could be my fault, but as soon as you turn it on you are probably running with 25% loss of power and fuel economy. Ouch!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th May, 2004
13th Aug 2007, 10:40
Hey, just wanna say I'm 20. I bought a 97 S70 last month, and I'll never again get another make. I had an Opel Astra before it, and the Astra (1.4) was costing me more on petrol than the Volvo (2.0).
A great car; would recommend it to anyone.
14th Aug 2007, 08:04
I agree! I am 25 years old and run a S70 2.5 CD Auto. Love it. 100% reliable. Just done 2500 miles in a week and half all over the highlands of Scotland and it never missed a beat! After a 6 hour drive back south, I could have done it again. Never been in a car that is so comfortable or inspires so much confidence.