1998 Volvo V70 XC 2.4 turbo from North America
This car gives a great sense of quality, luxury, and safety
Rear hatch struts were weak before purchase. Replaced for $150.
Had a broken motor mount before purchase. $265 to repair.
Fan motor and resistor housing for climate control had to be replaced. $460.
Check engine light. Engine running rich due to vacuum leak under manifold. $200 to repair.
We have owned this car for one year now and love it. It's my wife's car, and she says it's her most favorite car of all the cars we've owned. It has a fantastic ride, and great maneuverability around the mountain roads where we live. It grips the road like a rock, and you feel very comfortable driving fast, either straight ahead, or around a turn.
Great on snowy roads. The AWD, when I've activated it on purpose or unintentionally, works very well. Not a real off-roader, it's handled every snowy mountain road Colorado weather has given us.
The front seats are very comfortable -- almost orthopedic -- and there's excellent leg room in the front row (good leg room in back).
Cargo room is very spacious. Rear seats fold down easily, making the cargo space cavernous. Great for families.
Finding a good, competent, independent Volvo mechanic will save you $$$ -- or pounds. Example -- My transmission wasn't shifting right one day, so I drove straight to the garage I use. My mechanic had it for about 30 minutes when he came out and said, 'It was the shift sensor. I reset it.' I said, 'How much do I owe you?' He said, 'Nothing'. He said, 'If it goes out again, you might want to get a new one -- $300.' I'm happy to report it has been fine now for 9 months. What a great mechanic!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st December, 2011
PS Adding to my post above.
I consider the first two repairs to be part of the cost of purchase. This car had obviously been pampered by the prior owner, and was in pristine condition. Whenever I have purchased a used car, I put aside $1000 for a transmission flush, an oil change with full synthetic oil, and general repairs. With $150 for the rear hatch strut, and $265 for the broken motor mount, I came in under that budget. The $460 for the blower and $200 for the check engine light are the only two post-purchase repairs I've had. The $460 blower repair was big, but I consider anything under $250 to be minor.