1998 Volvo V70 R 2.3 turbo from North America
Ultimately not worth the investment/costs to keep it in service
Secondary air pump.
Front struts - twice.
Thermostat / ECT.
Heater core - twice.
Headlights (not oxidation on glass; the interior reflective material on the headlamps fades and requires replacement as there is no fix).
Final blow - transmission.
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