1998 Volvo S70 Reviews - Page 8 of 21

1998 Volvo S70 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carVolvo 740

Faults:

This car has started to go down hill fast. Last month we had to replace portions of the air conditioning system that cost $1500.00 to replace.

This month the car died on the highway and had to be towed in to the shop. I was told the computer system that controls the fuel injectors has gone bad, the system was not shutting off the flow of gas to the engine. I tend to believe this since you could smell a very strong gasoline odor when you tried to start the car. When they finally replaced the computer system they found that the reason the computer failed is that the wiring harness has shorted out which was the root cause for the computer failing. The cost to replace the computer system is $1400.00 and the cost for the wiring harness is $2000.00.

The shop I am using is one that I have used for many years and they have been fair and reasonable with me over the years, but this seems to be excessive. They tell me that there is no good way to find and repair a short in the wiring and that it makes more sense to replace it.

Can someone please let me know if I am being given reasonable answers and normal costs for these repairs.

Thank you very much.

Anyone with information can contact me at my E-mail address : RBNAVARRE@COMCAST.NET.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th June, 2006

1998 Volvo S70 T5 SE 2.3 turbo from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.3 turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance128000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 850

Summary:

Awesome! recommend it

Faults:

Nothing!

General Comments:

We bought this car as a new vehicle and after almost 8 years the car is still like new. I was looking at getting another car and I test-drove and compared new cars on the market to my 1998 Volvo S70. There is only one word to describe Volvo - it's pretty awesome. The quality of the car, the comfortable seats and reliability is super! The audio system won award and is made by Alpine. Handling is pretty good on conners and wet pavement. The car is quiet, but do not buy Michelin tires. I recommend Toyo performance tires on it. Even German competitors, especially from of the same "age" and even new ones are not made as good as this vehicle.

As with all new cars - if you take care of it and do not treat it as a piece of metal and if you break the engine slowly, the car will last long. I do not understand some people commenting on new cars?! I wonder how they drive... There is time a nd limit for racing...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2006

1998 Volvo S70 GLT 2.4 Litre turbo Gasoline Engine from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.4 Litre turbo Gasoline Engine Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles

Summary:

Read this: honest review

Faults:

Regular Maintenance

Something cracked (100 dollar repair) that would prevent the car from starting... think it was called the fuel distributer

Check Engine Light too easily tripped (45 dollars to reset)

THAT IS IT!

General Comments:

Good Car. Wonderful engine note and power.

Passing power is good as the 4-speed is quick to downshift.

Would like to see the mpg up 3-4 as it is currently 23 range.

Handles well when pushed, but dead steering feel (great for highway!) does not induce excitement around the curves

No body roll

Suspension Travel could be increased, but there is no room as the car is not very deep in the front end.

Very solid brakes

Haven't had any electrical issues

Great car for cruising on long highway trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd June, 2006

1998 Volvo S70 GLT 2.4 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.4 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired3500 kilometres
Most recent distance112000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz 190

Summary:

Comfort, safety and reliability in one

Faults:

I have had to replace the power antenna.

I have replaced one power side mirror.

Last year I replaced the electric control for the driver's side power windows locks etc.

Fog lights are a joke, and have never worked right.

General Comments:

This car is world class. It still does 0 to 60 in 6.4 seconds... it's faster than factory specs and has 112,000 miles on it.

Gas mileage is around town 23- 24, and on the road under 80 mph, 29-32.

In snow with traction control, it has always got me home or to the ski slope up some steep inclines.

It is a very comfy car to drive. I have had 2 minor tuneups, and it runs as smooth as the day I purchased it. I do use a quart of oil every 3,000 to 3,500 miles.

I would buy another...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2006

5th May 2006, 22:30

If you have a GLT you don't go 0-60 in 6.4...sorry, that is the T5. You are just under 9 seconds.

25th Jun 2007, 00:44

The base S70s do 0-60 in about 9.4.

S70 GLTs make it in about 7.6.

The T-5s make it in about 6.4 (a bit faster without the slush-box).

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