1998 Volvo V70 SE 2.5 10V from UK and Ireland
No one makes cars like this anymore
Water temperature sender unit failed, £34 genuine part.
N/S drive shaft gaitor (CV boot) replaced.
Rear tailgate struts became lazy, £28 for a new pair.
Main window switch in driver's door (rear windows stuck down). Removed and turned upside down, then filled with electrical cleaner, allowed to dry and re fitted, no problem since.
Rough running in damp rainy conditions, new distributor cap and rotor arm, £80 genuine parts (the inside of the old one was a shocking state). New lead set, coil (pattern) and NGK spark plugs, total cost £160. Also fitted a new starter motor and battery at the same time (old starter was getting lazy and the battery was 10 years old). Has run beautifully since.
Exhaust started blowing in January this year so took it 70 miles to Tony Banks in Leeds for a complete full S/S system including down pipe & cat, £600 fitted, now has more torque and power, getting around 5 MPG more, oh, and a glorious noise, not loud, just a deeper, more satisfying type of bass (no baffles, just 2 Resonator silencers). Fantastic quality job, highly recommended with a lifetime guarantee.
Sometimes the indicators don't work, so you just simply turn the key anticlockwise just a fraction after starting.
Micro switch in the driver's door has played up a little, copious amounts of electrical cleaner and close the door firmly, always checking that the interior light goes out as you lock the door.
Most of the steel clips that hold the roof channel strip in place have rotted away; just bought 16 genuine ones to replace them at £4.25 each.
Had new front discs and pads in March, and new rear pads.
This is our 5th Volvo in the past 20 years: '88 740 saloon, '86 740 estate, '91 940 estate, '95 850 estate, and now this one, all automatics.
It is a fantastic car which my wife loves driving; she does less than 4000 miles a year. I only drive the car now and again as I commute on 2 wheels.
Last autumn when the car was playing up in the damp weather, I had an 18 month old Honda Civic estate lined up for her; I took pictures and a video of the car to show her, but my wife would not have any of it, she was not interested in the slightest.
We have been to Scotland twice on holiday in this car and it simply eats miles in comfort, doing well over 1500 miles each time, a very well made car which is now 20 years old with a genuine 74000 miles.
My wife found this car and I drove 130 miles to buy it for £1850 with a full service history. We had a Gates cambelt and genuine water pump fitted as soon as we got it home; the last one had only done 17000 miles, but was 7 years old.
It gets a service every year at a garage 20 miles away by a guy we have used for 20 years who we know and trust; he is the only person allowed to touch our cars. We are its 4th home and she will never part with it as long as she can buy petrol. People sometimes say to us, "when are you going to get a newer more economical car". My wife says, "why"?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd July, 2018
24th Jul 2018, 13:49
Agree with your review, and this is something of a pattern I've noticed with reviews of older cars - that the 1990s were the sweet spot for reliability and durability.
Myself I've had many cars and in the 80s and 90s had a few Volvos as well - great cars. Currently drive a 2010 Volvo S40 - a nice modern car in many ways and obviously more advanced than cars in decades gone by, however reliability and running costs have only been average at best, and certainly not better than the older cars.
14th Aug 2018, 19:30
Thanks for the comment.
Fitted the new roof trim clips last week and had a poke around in the scuttle panel as water was getting into the O/S front and rear footwells after a heavy downpour. I noticed that the well containing the fuses and relays had around 2" of water in it; the drain hole in the bottom of it was blocked solid with grime; spent around half an hour with a thin pipe while blowing through it and it eventually cleared, now running free. Check this if water is getting into your car.
Also treated it to 4 new wheel centre caps, 'tis a cracking car.