1999 Volvo S70 GLT fuel injected 5 cylinder from North America


Solid, strong and great to drive


Nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

I bought it at an auction and know nothing about its previous life. In 20,000 miles, it has been trouble-free. It is extraordinarily comfortable on the road. It is quiet and solid. Performance won't slam you back into the seat, but it is more than adequate. I live in Dallas where the traffic is heavy and fast and the car is quick and agile.

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

Review Date: 13th September, 2005

1999 Volvo S70 Base 2.5 Liter Non-turbo from North America


An outstanding car destined to be with me for a long time


In almost 200000 miles of daily driving, I have only had to perform regular maintenance, except for:

Electronic throttle (replaced at 118K)

Trunk struts (replaced at 64K)

Radio power antenna (replaced at 165K)

My Volvo dealer has said to me that the most important thing is to DO your maintenance when it's supposed to be done - it's not as important as to precisely what you do (specific brand of oil or spark plugs, for instance) as it is to so whatever is required, when it's scheduled. I have followed this advise religiously and have a quality car that has many thousands, or hundreds of thousands, of miles left in it.

Oh, and I use regular oil, changed faithfully every 5000 miles. And the car burns regular gasoline, too.

I have recently gone through a series of high mileage maintenance items, some of which are not cheap (motor mounts, for example) - but they're much less expensive than buying a new car, and they are to be expected. In the overall scheme of car ownership, the cost-per-mile has been very good - and what I spend on maintenance is money that I don't have to spend on a new car.

Maybe I just got lucky - but, then again, maybe the car has responded to being maintained properly.

General Comments:

Volvos are about safety and reliability - I can attest to both. The car's safety mechanisms have let me avoid several accidents - and when I was rear-ended (by another Volvo) the only damage I had was a bent bumper bracket that took a couple of hours to straighten. And the Volvo that hit me had no damage at all.

With almost 200,000 miles on the clock (I'll have close to 220,000 by next summer), I would have absolutely no hestitation about taking it on a cross country trip, or up a mountain trail, or somewhere far away from service. I drive 4000-5000 miles a month, and the car has been, and continues to be, up to the task.

With gas prices over $3 a gallon at the moment, I am most satisfied with the S70's mileage of 33 mpg highway (which is most of my driving). And that mileage gives me a cruising range of well over 500 miles between fill-ups, too. I get in the mid-20s in city driving.

My many hours driving the car (I'm its only driver) attest to the comfort of the front seats. Taller (over 6-foot) rear passengers sometimes wish there were more leg room - but some of that is because my driver's seat is quite far back.

I have used the car for several moves, and have loaded as many as 30 packed liquor cartons into the car, using all available seats, floor space and trunk space. Quite a nice load for a mid-sized car.

In short, I recommend the car to everyone that I can - I would buy it again in a second - and intend to keep it for many more miles and years to come.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2005

24th May 2006, 16:50

UPDATE - May 24, 2006:

I now have 216,000 miles on my Volvo S70 and the car is going strong with only normal maintenance - brakes, timing belt, spark plugs, etc. Volvo finally reimbursed me for the throttle replacement that I had paid for out of my own pocket. The engine burns a little oil - a quart in about 2000 miles - so I add a quart twice between 5000 mile oil changes. In all, a low-maintenance, high-quality car.