1998 Volvo S70 Reviews - Page 6 of 21

1998 Volvo S70 T5 turbo from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission turbo Manual
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance94000 miles
Previous carToyota Supra

Summary:

Absolutely a great car

Faults:

Air Conditioner needed refrigerant replacement after 8 years. No other issues with A/C as the unit is still cooling nicely and refrigerant seems to still be fine.

@ 61K Miles, original front brake pads needed replacement. Not bad for original Pads. Rotors were fine. Will need to replace pads and front rotors again at around 100K miles. No complaints about that. Did the replacement myself, so costs were < $100.

@ 80K Miles, Air Pump and Check Valve needed replacing - Air Pump (blower motor) had a dry bearing and was making noise when operating. Dealer Repair cost - $500.

@ 80K Miles, upper engine mount needed replacing. $20 part; Did the installation myself.

@ 93K Miles, ABS Control Unit failed. Simple to replace, but expensive part. Dealer Repair cost - $750.

General Comments:

I have always liked this car and have kept it for over 10 years.

While the few major repairs were fairly expensive, other costs have been routine - oil/filters, alignments, tires (on second set now), a new battery.

Car has consistently gotten 23-25 MPG combined town and highway. Not bad for a 270 HP Turbo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2007

25th Sep 2008, 22:18

Don't mean to burst your bubble, but unless you modded out the engine, the S70 T5 only puts out 236 horses. Feels like 500 though once the turbos starts spooled up. Sadly my S70 was a car I hated to love. Definitely a hit or miss car.

1998 Volvo S70 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired49033 miles
Most recent distance107000 miles
Previous carToyota Camry

Summary:

It's a nice car, but is costing more to maintain than I expected

Faults:

1.Air Conditioning went out.

2.Check Engine Light has gone out several times and is still on.

3.Antenna broke.

4.Driver's side door spring broke so the door won't close unless you push it shut.

5.ABS, Tracs Off Lights are on.

6.Electrical system is TERRIBLE!!! Half of the lights on the radio panel are out.

7.Several tail light bulbs have burned out.

General Comments:

1. The car handles well and held up great when I was rear-ended at 55 mph in a snow storm. There was only slight damage to the trunk, but the other guy's vehicle, an SUV, was crunched in the front.

2. I love the fact that the car rides and feels heavy. I really do feel safe in the car.

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

Review Date: 29th June, 2007

30th Jun 2007, 03:11

I am surprised by the electrical problems as my 1998 S70 is perfect with no problems at over 130,000 miles - not even a bulb out! Great cars.

1998 Volvo S70 2.0 turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired56000 kilometres
Most recent distance96000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Odyssey

Summary:

Great car, but expensive to maintain

Faults:

AC not working correctly at 57000km. Leak in evaporator unit - unit replaced and AC recharged - repaired under warranty, but full cost $1400NZD.

Passenger side window motor problem 75000Km - new unit installed for $250NZD.

Faulty coolant level indicator at 75000km - cost to replace $56NZD.

86000km Car surging in idle and ETS light coming on - Volvo dealer could not correct, but local mechanic knew straight away what the problem was and fixed it - Cost $450NZD.

SRS light on 86000km - Clock spring in steering wheel had gone - part cost $600NZD and labour $350NZD.

SRS light on at 93000km - fault unknown at time of this review.

General Comments:

This is a great car that handles well and has great pick up. Cornering is sure footed with great grip.

Comfort levels are good with dual area AC, comfortable and roomy seats.

No cup holders!!!

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

Review Date: 4th March, 2007

20th Jun 2014, 04:23

The cup holders are hidden in the armrest - they slide out! And there are two!

1998 Volvo S70 2.3 turbo from Germany

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance350000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo S70

Summary:

Great Vehicle!

Faults:

The turbo injection system after 280000KM, costly repair!

General Comments:

Outstanding performance, wolf in sheep skin!

I replaced my prior Volvo S70Turbo, Model 98 with another vehicle, yes another S70Turbo, Model 98, okay this time in black and not silver. In Germany the S70 with approximately 130000KM are presently cheaper than a replacement motor by a contracted dealers.

Easy driving and proper care of the S70T, you could be happy with approximately 400000KM on first machine, with maybe replacement or cleaning of the turbo system.

Volvo S70,2.4Turbo are Outstanding Flag Ships!

Rgds

S70turbo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2007

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 59 reviews