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.

General Comments:

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.

1998 Volvo S70 T 5 turbo from North America


Disapointed in reliability to date


High pressure line to air conditioner had to be replaced, fortunately 1 month before expiration of 36 month warranty.

Just had to replace master cylinder at

28,000 miles. (out of warranty) Brakes became dangerously mushy in very short period of time. Service rep had no explanation as to reason for premature failure. Brake warning light never did come on.

Had to replace tail light and turn signal bulbs at approx 15,000 miles.

General Comments:

Service issues on my car appear to be out of the ordinary.

Biggest draw back to this car is the lack of peripheral visability. Outside mirrors are small, rear head rests block view thru rear window.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 9th December, 2003

1998 Volvo S70 GLT 2.4 turbo from North America


Great car for the money. recommend extended warranty


ABS sensor& Antenna mast needed to be replaced. ABS sensor was covered under extended warranty.

General Comments:

Great used car bargain. Terrible Re-sale value if bought new. Fairly inexpensive to maintain. Very comfortable and quick. Handling is drastically affected if tire pressure is low.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th December, 2003

1998 Volvo S70 Base Non-turbo from North America


Radio antenna had to be replaced.

Check engine light came on. Air control sensor had failed. Cost $320 and warranty doesn't cover it.

General Comments:

High quality, comfortable car.

Adequate performance.

Love the timeless looks and interior design.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th October, 2003

1998 Volvo S70 GLT turbo from North America


Expensive and losing proposition


This car has been a nightmare.

First the headlights, blinkers and electrical power switch (twice) for windows all needed replacements, MANY TIMES. There was a defect for the headlight switches.

The moon roof broke and needed some part replaced.

The battery died at about 30, 000 miles. The alternator died at 50, 000 miles. The air conditioning condenser died at 65, 000 miles. The suspension died at 65, 000 miles. The brakes are constantly need in replacement.

The driver rug wore out very early, the dealership would not replace it. A computer chip for the ABS wore at 75, 000 and cost 500 dollars. The "air seal" needs replacement at 500 dollars.

The car, when it is not in the shop, drives quite well. But, it has been a hassle from day one.

The inside is cheap, the cup holders broke twice. I am not replacing them again. Resale for this sucker is down to 9,500 dollars! We are searching for Honda or Toyota.

Oh, and Volvo North America couldn't give a damn.

General Comments:

Fast car, gets you out of trouble quickly.

Otherwise a piece of pure junk.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th August, 2003