1997 Volvo V70 2.5 20V 2.5 from Australia and New Zealand


Volvo V70 - safety, reliability, cheap and sensational motoring


I have had the car over six years and very little has gone wrong, this car has been extremely reliable and always got me to my destination on time with no problems.

General Comments:

Volvo V70 is the best car I have ever owned. It offers great value for money, They just keep going. I was in Sweden for business and saw a similar one to mine (used as a TAXI) that had done 650,000 Kilometers and the driver said "like all Volvo's, you just can't kill them".

Car offers great sporty performance, handles as if it were on rails. I often take the bends in to the freeway at 100k and the vehicle does not flinch. Superb handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2006

1997 Volvo V70 T5 SE 2.3 turbo from UK and Ireland


Good car, let down by UK dealers


Sensor fault at 55000 miles. £155 to put right.

Coil burnt out at 56000 miles. £200 to fix.

Driver's door window switch not working. £160.

Another sensor fault, 61000 miles. £180 to fix.

Hazard warning light switch not working. £57.

Driver's door lock falling apart (Volvo dealers words). £95.

An 80000 mile service that cost £1011, and the car came out with one front brake binding so badly that it could not be driven...

General Comments:

This is a very nice car, very quick, and handles well.

The service from Volvo dealers is very very poor, and very expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th January, 2006

1997 Volvo V70 R AWD estate 2.5 20v turbo petrol from UK and Ireland


Pick up the new fridge on the way back from a track day!


One of the seat heaters packed up shortly after I got it (warranty paid up).

Other than that, and a couple of blown bulbs, utterly faultless.

General Comments:

Probably as close as you can get to a "do anything" car.

Capable of blowing away most things off the lights thanks to 250 bhp and 0-60 in around the 6.5 second mark. The 5 cylinder engine sounds gorgeous and has power to spare at all engine speeds. Lovely chuffing and whistling noises from the turbo plumbing and exhaust which makes a nice change from today's sanitised turbo installations.

There are some torque steer and traction issues, but you learn to drive around them. Being progressive with the throttle allows power to be put down cleanly and smoothly in most scenarios. It's too big to really chuck about on B-roads, but it's capable enough to keep up with most things. Handling is actually surprisingly good given careful use of the throttle. All this is especially satisfying considering my 17 year old nephew called it "an old farts car". Until I took him up the road of course. Now he wants one!

Like most Volvos it has a beautifully finished interior with a light maple trim and good quality leather. Totally squeak free at 119,000 miles. Everything works, and has always worked apart from one seat heater which turned out to be a loose connection rather than a component failure.

With all this performance and ability you get the usual Volvo estate practicality, meaning a huge load area, low loading sill and good enough build to shrug off the occasional rough treatment.

The car is mechanically bulletproof. The engine has never been apart yet still uses very little oil. I'm still on the original turbo and original clutch (although the latter is getting tired now). If anything the engine feels quicker and freer revving now than when I got it at 47,000 miles.

Downsides? It can be dreadful on fuel. 25 mpg average is OK for 250 bhp, but 14 is my worst on a tankful. Ouch! Insurance is heavy too. Other than that, I cannot seriously fault it.

It has main dealer services at the recommended schedules and that's it - it just keeps on going. No sign of any problems yet beyond the forthcoming clutch replacement. At 117,000 miles on a 250 bhp car, this is not something to gripe about in my opinion.

Fabulous car. I'd have another tomorrow, although possibly the AWD version.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2005