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.

General Comments:

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).

1998 Volvo V70 R 2.3 turbo from North America


Ultimately not worth the investment/costs to keep it in service



Secondary air pump.

ABS/TRACs module.

Front struts - twice.


Thermostat / ECT.

Drive shaft.

Heater core - twice.

Sagging headliner.

Headlights (not oxidation on glass; the interior reflective material on the headlamps fades and requires replacement as there is no fix).

Door catch.

Liftgate struts.

Steering rack.

Turbo seals.

Final blow - transmission.

General Comments:

This car from 120,000 to 190,000 miles was a disaster. Lots of small issues and lots of bigger issues. Final issue was the transmission.

The prior owner was in the family and all work was done at the dealer prior to my ownership. And my work was done mostly at an independent Volvo-only shop. All preventative maintenance was always done on schedule including big jobs like PVC and timing belt/water pump.

Sadly this car just did not hold up as advertised. I was hoping to get to at least 200-250k miles with obviously some maintenance and some repairs. I got a lot of maintenance and repairs instead and made it to just under 190k miles before the transmission failed.

Considering the investment in repairs that I made, the decision to keep this car in the family was a mistake.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th January, 2016

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.

General Comments:

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

1st Dec 2011, 16:21

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.