1998 Volvo V70 R 2.3 turbo from North America
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ABS flicks on and off.
Check engine light for evap system.
Heater core took a dump on us. Not hard to fix, just very frustrating.
Our last car was a '96 850 turbo wagon. My wife and I loved that car. Unfortunately my wife got into a wreck. With the insurance money, we set off to find another wagon. We found the V70R, took it for a spin and bought it. This is Volvo's upper trim level and most sporty car. All wheel drive, more horse power, the works...
We hate it. Not that it's a bad car, but our 850 turbo wagon was much more fun to drive. The handling is not as good in the V70. I could park the 850 like it was a Metro. I'm sure the AWD robs horse power, but the V70 feels slower. To be fair, I put an 850R ECU in the old car, and Volvo did market the 850 as a sport wagon. The V70 was made to be more subdued, even the V70R.
The layout and controls in the V70 are more difficult to use, and feel cheap over the 850 to me. On the plus side, the sound system in the V70 is amazing. The seats are very nice and plusher than our old car. Cup holders suck in both cars we had.
It gets my wife from point A to point B, but we don't plan on keeping it much longer. Don't fall for the hype. I did, and feel let down. We got the car thinking it was an upgrade over our 850. On the plus side, we got the car dirt cheap for a R model in good shape. I only put $200 into it on repairs I do myself.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th November, 2011