1998 Volvo S70 T5 2.3 turbo from North America
Ideal luxury/performance sedan for East Coast urban/suburban areas
A strut needed replacement. a front door lock fails to work and there are occasional minor electric issues (e.g. a bulb will go out and come back on.. an engine warning light ala ECU did the same thing)
Though not a sports car the acceleration from 50 mph to 80 mph is very quick. On curves and corners the performance is better than most might expect.. but every rut or hole in the road feels like a land mine. Braking is fabulous and if you have a manual version I suppose you could downshift. Oil changes for me are expensive as I use only Mobil 1. After driving at highway speeds I also let the turbo chill with the engine (oil) running until the turbo compartment begins to fall to near the ambient temperature level... this is a pain. Trunk has plenty of room and the seats are too comfortable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2003