1999 Volvo S70 T5 SE turbo petrol from UK and Ireland


Great long distance cruiser with reasonable fuel economy


Throttle Control Module failed at 115,000 miles

Air Mass Meter failed at 125,000 miles

Replaced front struts at 120,000 miles.

General Comments:

Very quick and comfortable motorway cruiser.

I bought this car because I wanted something that would go for miles and miles, would be comfortable on the motorways, had massive reserves of power and would still return reasonable economy.

So far I've had exactly that.

Fuel consumption varies from 38mpg (UK Gallons) to 22mpg if driven spiritedly (which admittedly is something this car does not do well, being more a cruiser than a bruiser).

So far, given its mileage I've been reasonably happy with the reliabilty. My previous car (an Audi S3) had more problems in the 18 months and 40,000 miles I had it than this car has, and the S3 was new when I first got it! Just wish the dealer servicing and parts prices were more sensible...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2004

30th Mar 2006, 16:20

Update! The car has now got over 180,000 miles on it and has been as good as gold since the initial problems. Repairs since the last report are:

Front discs (twice)

Front pads (three times)

Rear Shocks (nto knackered - just wanted to make it handle better)

And lots of front tyres!!! ;-)

Absolutely nothing to complain about really!!!

1999 Volvo S70 AWD Turbo 2.4L from North America


Be very careful with AWD systems in Volvo


In 4 years of ownership, dealer only repairs and maintenance, the angle gear has failed 3 times! This is an extremely expensive repair ($2800 or more). What is most distressing is that the dealer cannot say why this part continues to fail. It has been suggested that due to the highly sensitive nature of the suspension, if everything (ie., tire pressure, alignment, balancing, etc.) are not perfect, the system can fail. Is that real world driving?

General Comments:

I fell in love with the car the moment I saw it. It drove beautifully! It is comfortable, I love the options and really felt as if I had a "Volvo for life." The angle gear problem has greatly diminished my trust.

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

Review Date: 11th June, 2004

8th Jun 2010, 17:26

My V70 XC AWD has 300K, and the AWD works perfectly, and I drive it very hard. When I first bought this car, I put it through a torture test to see if it would last me, and it still works perfectly. No problems. However I have only had the car one year.

1999 Volvo S70 AWD turbo from North America


Handsome, fun to drive, reliable bargain


Replaced bearing in front wheel, and crack on the engine base ($1400). It seemed questionable later whether these were legitimate repairs, but I have no way of knowing now.

No other problems.

General Comments:

Excellent performance.

Very comfortable. Lots of room in the back seat. My wife loves the seat heaters.

Completely reliable. I recommend finding a good private repairman and avoiding the dealers after it is off of warranty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2004

1999 Volvo S70 T5 2.3 turbo from UK and Ireland


An expensive disappointment


I would first like to point out that this car was only 3 years old when bought on the approved used scheme from a Volvo main dealer. It had only one previous owner and a full service history and the mileage was far from excessive for it's age.

At around 61,000 miles, I noticed a hesitancy and surging from the engine when cruising at steady speeds on light to medium throttle openings. The car was booked in for a check-up, but before the date, the problem worsened into a sudden dramatic loss of power and violent hunting from the engine. I took it straight back to the dealer (I had only had it 2 months), who upgraded the engine management software.

The problem re-occurred around 4 months later and a further visit to the dealer was required.

Around 6 months later it started to happen again, so after a final visit to the dealer, I sold the car as the warranty period was about to end and I was disillusioned with the car.

The cabin heater fan regulator also failed at around 65,000 miles, requiring replacement and the tail-light bulbs blew with annoying regularity.

The alloy wheels were also beginning to corrode, in spite of being regularly cleaned.

General Comments:

I bought this car as a supposed step upmarket in quality and performance. I sold it after a year, disappointed and disillusioned. This is why;

I owned a powerful (170 bhp) 'hot hatch' and wanted something that would be more refined and comfortable, but still give exciting performance.

Comfort-wise, it was spot on; I doubt if I have ever sat in more comfortable car seats, and an 1800 mile holiday to Scotland proved it to be a relaxing long distance car.

It was not, however, as spacious as I'd hoped for such a big car. The boot was fantastic, but in the cabin, it was necessary to move the front seats forward if anyone wanted to travel in the back, this in a car supposedly the next size up from the Vectra/Mondeo class.

I was also amazed that a car costing 26k new did not come with a standard fit CD player (i intended to fit a multi-changer, so it didn't stop me buying), and that with so much power it did not have traction control.

The biggest disappointment for me, though, was the way the car drove. It just did not feel like a 240 bhp car. Head to head on a deserted dual carriageway against a friend's 170 bhp hot hatch, it was only slightly quicker through the gears. Even allowing for it's size and weight, a 70 bhp power advantage should have been more convincing.

The overall impression was that it just did not punch as hard as 240 bhp would suggest it should, and the power tailed off noticeably after 5000 rpm, even though it would rev to 6500.

Worse still was the chassis. How could a car with this much power be set up so softly? The grip was very poor, especially at the front. It rolled far too much and under-steered with very little provocation. A bumpy road would easily upset it's composure and the steering felt slow witted and had no feel. I did not feel I could trust the car during spirited driving (which is surely the intention of giving it that much power?).

On the plus side the brakes were utterly superb, the best I have ever experienced, and I found straight line traction to be surprisingly good given the lack of traction control.

While fuel economy was not exactly frugal, it was not that bad given the power.

Insurance was predictably expensive, but servicing costs were appalling.

I found the dealer service to be poor, and one particular incident left me fuming.

All in all, it was a big let down to experience the problems that I did on a well maintained 'quality' brand car, when my previous 3 cars (all Hondas) gave me faultless reliability combined with a good dealer experience.

To cap it off, when I sold it I discovered the abysmal depreciation it had suffered, the supposed avoidance of which was another reason for purchasing a more 'upmarket' brand.

I would not buy another Volvo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd December, 2003

9th Jan 2004, 12:00

I purchased my 1999 S70 Volvo new. Have always had problems with the air conditioner. It freezes up and you have to let it defreeze before it can be used again. This problem starts at about 40 minutes of being on the road, so forget any trips in this car. The dealer can't locate the problem, but blames it on the way I use the air conditioner! Also, the material has come apart from the body in the back doors. Dealer told me that the front door panels will eventually do it to. Cost to fix...$1,000 and can't guarantee for more than 12 months. Will I ever buy a Volvo again... no way. I am not one for trading cars. I like to keep them forever, but not sure how long the interior will last on this Volvo. I do not recommend the S70 Volvo due to poor workmanship.