2000 Volvo S70 SE 2.4 B5254 168hp from North America
Safe and secure -- Maintain to the letter, and you won't be dissatisfied
Eats light bulbs.
A/C compressor bearings worn.
Terrifically comfortable and safe. Like the 850 I owned before it, the S70 will stand up to severe usage and a very heavy foot.
Like most Volvos, it's really at home on the highway, especially at higher speeds. The five-cylinder engine pulls nicely, and sounds great, but does have an appetite for fuel in the city (11.3L/100km).
The overall drive is quieter and more refined than the 850 preceding it, although the front end components are fragile as before, and the five speed automatic transmission's durability is suspect, thanks to an occasional miscommunication with the electronic throttle.
Overall, a luxurious and pleasant vehicle to drive, that lends a real sense of safety and security while behind the wheel.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th February, 2011
Wow. Was I ever wrong about the standing up to severe usage!
In only 20K, I replaced the A/C compressor (which I knew about when I bought it), a turn signal relay, the coolant sensor, coolant expansion tank, a brake flex hose (which ruptured and left me with no brakes down a hill. Fun!)
Then repaired the exhaust after it developed a hole before the catalytic converter, and finally the Continuously Variable Valve Timing unit worked itself loose, delaying the cam timing, which caused a few of the valves to collide with two of the pistons.
Before that engine failure, the check engine light would go on at least once a week (then disappear, thanks to the electronic throttle being a little slow), and the transmission would shift somewhat erratically from time to time.
So I sold it to a mechanic, and went back to another 850 Sedan.