1998 Volvo V70 GLT 2.4L from North America


An excellent, fun, reliable car


Right-front wheel bearing.

Hatch struts.


General Comments:

I made comments on this site back in 2006-01-26, about a year after I had purchased the V70 at 83K.

It now has over 150K and has been an excellent vehicle.

After years in the Florida sun, the paint still looks good, with no rust, despite the fact that I live within 4 blocks of the Atlantic Ocean.

Other than normal maintenance involving brakes and tires (and one wheel-bearing) I have had almost no problems with the vehicle.

I broke the cup-holder with my elbow, but it is inexpensive to replace.

I can't relate to the unhappy owners; my experience has been wonderful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2009

1998 Volvo V70 XC from North America


Financial disaster to maintain, but great to drive


There have been regular failures of minor things -- windshield has stress crack, interior power plug (lighter) sockets have collapsed, rear window trim has popped off several times.

Engine mounts have been replaced.

Just today replaced front brake rotors. That's all smaller stuff.

The bigger stuff has been staggering. Second timing chain failed at 100,000 miles, and more recently the head gasket failed. Those were each $4000 disasters.

Dealer replaced interior sensor and other components of A/C system at a cost of $800, and gave the car back to me still blowing hot air!

A very costly car to maintain. I have lost confidence in the brand, and regrettably the dealer's ability to correctly diagnose and fix problems.

Will feed it money for at least another winter, because it is a terrific snow and ice car. Next year another car, but not a Volvo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th November, 2008

7th Nov 2008, 12:07

I don't now if you are aware, but it has 185,000 miles. You will get problems at this mileage - just wear and tear!

12th Jan 2009, 20:41

Timing chain? These use a timing belt and if the belt fails just like on ANY interference engine, the cost of repairs will be very high.

29th Jun 2012, 07:41

You complain about the A/C, though you say it's a good snow/ice car? How hot does it get where you live?

My '98 V70 (non-turbo) is the best wagon I have EVER had, and I usually drive BMWs. Take care of these cars (fluids, timing belt) and don't sweat the small things, and these cars will take great care of you for hundreds of thousands of miles/kilometers.


28th Aug 2012, 23:41

I don't know about the poster, but I live in Winnipeg, Canada, and tonight I can sleep outside with short sleeves, and in the winter it is -40 Celsius. It can snow and also be hot in the same place in a year.

29th Aug 2012, 20:54

The car has 185000 miles on it. No matter how good the brand/model, you will run into wear and tear issues.

Volvo just happens to be very expensive in repairs and parts, compared to let's say a domestic sedan or lower end Japanese/Korean sedan.

Very few mechanics will work on European cars as well, and those who do, charge big money.

I see tons of old Volvos for sale on Craigslist in good running condition for very cheap prices; they don't sell because people are scared of the expensive repairs these cars may need. They are older cars, and still run good with higher mileage, but people are scared and don't want to take the chance; cannot say I blame them either.

1998 Volvo V70 GLT 2.3 from Sweden


I love the V70, but hate the maintenance costs


Nothing has gone wrong.

I did the normal services according to the manual, and then all service parts were replaced.

In this time, the only thing out of the normal was one new battery.

I consider the V70 a reliable car if the services are done by a professional, if not then anything can go wrong.

In Sweden this model was used by the police and took a lot of beating in our strange weathers from freezing to high summer temperatures. Roads are very good everywhere, inviting them to use it for high speed chases everywhere with no problems.

A strange thing is that many V70 has a flooding problem if you drive to short distance say to just move it from the street to the garage. Having the engine run such a short time builds fuel in the engine and then it won't start.

My advice is to push the accelerator just before you stop the engine in these cases.

General Comments:

V70 is a fancy car, reliable and very safe. I have had all kinds of cars since early 70's and this one is my true love.

Comparing to the basic 745 it is a car for the family that looks for comfort as well as loading capacity.

For loading and total costs I would prefer a basic car (745/945) if not for the reardrive in those. (V70 is front wheel driven).

The V70 has high maintenance costs, and is not at all a do it your self car. Parts are priced about 3 to 4 times higher than 945 in those functions you need on a regular service after long mileage.

If you look for low costs, then chose a 945 or a 745, both newer than 1988, since this is the year they got galvanic coating.

If you can afford the costs, a V70 is the car both for the family with dogs and the youngster that likes speed, but don't want to die in a car crash that Volvo would save you from.

Volvo V70 are ranked the highest scores (40% better than average car) in safety tests.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2008