1998 Volvo V70 GLT 5 cylinder high end turbo from North America
Drivability, comfort and reliability are good. Plastics poor in all regards. Too many Asian parts
Bought after the head was rebuilt, thought all was well. Rebuilder put a cheap water pump in, which failed after 10,000 miles. When the water pump shaft sheared, the engine imploded. I replaced with an identical engine from a wrecked car with 100,000. Installed a rebuilt turbo on the replacement engine. Runs wonderfully now, better than with the original engine and turbo. I have rebuilt the suspension, A/C system, replaced the catalytic converter and recycling system.
Compared to recent 5 cylinder Volvos, the interior squeaky dash is horrible. Getting ready to pull the dash and rebuild the connections. Plastic quality lower than in old models, the leather has pretty short wear life, but the sheet metal and paint are good. A/C system is much improved over 70s and 80s models.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th May, 2016
10th May 2016, 23:30
Plastics (especially interior) have been garbage since the 80s (remember the broken door pockets on the 240s?).
Tail light plastics, front signal lights etc. all have the same pattern of cheapness.
So much for "superior Scandinavian quality!"
11th May 2016, 08:23
Well if there was ever a general statement that was it! I assume you haven't sat in a Volvo since the 80's then? LOL!
12th May 2016, 05:28
Nope, and from reviews like this it seems like things haven't improved ROFL.
13th May 2016, 22:56
Well, nothing wrong with any of the plastics used in the Volvos I drive... not brittle, in fact very hard wearing and of very good quality (or so say many of my passengers over the years!)... as good as any premium car these days anyway.
14th May 2016, 17:21
I've owned eight Volvos (two 164E, two 240T, two 240, 760, 780 (still have that one)) and plastic like all else requires upkeep. However, my wife's Lexus LS hands down beats the build quality in all regards, including interior materials...
15th May 2016, 20:41
I agree. Better built cars like Lexus and older BMWs tend to have more durable plastics.
15th May 2016, 21:52
You can't compare an 80s Volvo with a much newer Lexus! Try sitting in an 80s Toyota and compare!!! Our V60 has superb materials in comparison to many rivals in my opinion.
14th Aug 2018, 21:26
When looking at a used car, we always look around on the roads at what is still running after 15 years of age, BAM, end of story. I guess that is why "Volvo for life" was used in the 90s (let's not include the french powered V40 things, as they are NOT Volvos).