1998 Volvo S70 T5 2.3 turbo from North America
This car is a keeper!
Nothing serious. Well maintained. Usual 100,000 mile tune-up performed by my local independent Volvo mechanic.
Legendary safety sells the car, performance hooks you for good. I have owned one type of Volvo or another since 1993. I initially purchased a Volvo for its legendary safety record. My first was a 740 Turbo and was a tremendous car. I purchased a 1993 Volvo "Classic", one of the last 1600 240s ever made. Still in my driveway and still going strong. I have also owned a couple of Station Wagons, which my wife drove.
Then came my 1998 Volvo S70 T5. Red with black interior. Leather shows very little wear.
Sure, the door panels have come loose because of the glue issue, but it is an easy fix to remove the panel and replace the vinyl using better glue.
Otherwise the interior is made to last, just like the car itself. Before purchasing the car I had it totally gone through by my local independent Volvo mechanic.
I knew going in what it would need, a timing belt and an air pump. Made a pretty good deal and bought the car.
Since then, I have really come to appreciate the design of the car and how simple it is to make common repairs.
I've added aftermarket suspension bars, which made an otherwise great suspension even better.
I have completed all the 100,000-mile maintenance and I plan to keep this car for as long as possible.
My experience with the T5 convinced me to purchase a 1998 C70 hard-top for my son, who was going away to college last fall. Even though it's a head turner with 17" rims and low profile tires, I know he is in a very safe car.
Oh, yeah... the turbo... forgot to mention that minor detail. There are those drivers on the road who recognize the inconspicuous "T5" on the rear passenger side of the car. Sometimes the chance to engage in a friendly comparison test is too great for them to pass up.
So far, my T5 hasn't let me down. The only thing I would change would be a bigger T5 on the back, so drivers could see it for a longer time while it's pulling away from them. :)
All that aside, Volvo's reputation as one of the safest cars on the road is well deserved.
I have heard countless stories from police officers who have seen Volvo drivers and passengers walk away from accidents that would have otherwise resulted in serious or even fatal injuries.
So as the saying goes, periodic maintenance and repairs, typical for any car.
Legendary safety and piece of mind every time you or your loved one gets behind the wheel of a Volvo...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th May, 2010
I'm another very very satisfied owner of a great 1998 T5 SE with lots of kms (miles) now. You will see my comments over the years elsewhere on this list.
Mine is also red with black leather / suede interior -- I think of it as my "passionate Swede", and my wife loves it also.
Key point to emphasize over and over is: simple regular maintenance and reasonable driving intelligence = years of low cost happiness, coupled with all that blazing performance and pleasure.
Like the others who have commented elsewhere, you can leave just about anyone in your rear view mirror any day of the week (just watch out for those flashing red and blue lights...). But it's no joke to recall, as I said in another discussion, that in 1998 this was the quickest car made, except for one variety of Corvette.
Mine is still very, very fast, with no mods of any kind. The best part is that it it's essentially problem-free. And I've made lots of comments about safety, comfort, and Winter driving. All excellent.
This particular vehicle has a very high quality of manufacture (with way fewer glitches than anything else I've ever owned over the decades), overall superb reliability, very low operating costs, and endless outright driving pleasure. So -- what's the recommendation? Easy -- if you can find one, buy one. This spectacular stealth / sleeper secret comes in limited numbers, and we can be pretty well sure that those numbers are decreasing -- just through normal attrition. There really isn't anything out there that comes close. It's a very good thing to know that Volvo did it right with the 1998 S70 T5 SE, and that from time to time, one or even two (rare) can become available -- for a very short time, before they are snapped up. Get one if you can.
Cheers to all / Blueleezard.