1998 Volvo S70 T5 Turbo from North America
Be prepared to pay frequent high repair bills
Air conditioning failed at 79K miles, $850 repair.
Brake service at $70K miles, $750 repair.
Antilock brake computer at 70K miles, $500 repair.
Electric door lock at 40K miles, $250 repair.
Leather upholstry delaminated at $40K, don't remember the cost.
Indash lights for stereo went out at about 50K miles, too expensive to repair.
Major service at 60K miles, cost over $1500 to replace timing belt, repair oil leak, front suspension repairs including ball joint, link arm, and other miscellaneous repairs.
Front suspension noise persisted and the dealer has not been able to find the problem or fix it. Gave up on trying to repair after 3 attempts. Mileage when I gave up is now... 80K miles. Noise is very annoying, but does not appear to impact safety or performance... but it clearly is not supposed to be there.
Very nice looking car.
Great performance, handling, styling.
Very safe, but the repair costs given the luxury status and cost of this car are way too high. Seems like it's in the shop for something at least every 6 months. Very high maintenance!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd June, 2004
16th Aug 2004, 18:44
Your repair costs are partly a function of your own decision to have the car serviced at the dealer instead of an independent Volvo mechanic. Undoubtedly, you have had too many problems with your car, but getting most of this work done at reasonable prices is possible if you would make the effort to locate a good, less expensive independent mechanic -- rather than complaining about paying absurdly high dealer repair costs. No tune-up anywhere should ever cost as much as you paid. Most of these problems should be a few hundred dollars (at most!) to repair.