1998 Volvo V70 GLT 5 cylinder turbo from North America
Probably the worst car I ever owned
Gear shifter had to be replaced.
Tailgate trim constantly coming loose.
Latch to release rear seat to fold down failed.
Trunk (boot) latch failed.
Interior tailgate opener has failed.
AM reception very poor.
Safety lights in door have come loose.
Too many squeaks and rattles to mention.
Where do I start with this car... should have read most consumer advice web sites or magazines before buying. They all say avoid this car! Too late, now I'm stuck with it. Having owned it for not even three years it's almost lost half ($) what we paid for it. If you like high mileage Volvo wagons, they're going cheap!
Buying a used car will always have its risks, but I checked CARFAX for a full history, one owner and fully dealer maintained. Purchased from a Volvo dealer. I don't think this car was abused by previous owner, I think it was very poorly designed.
The only good qualities about this car seem to be the engine and gearbox... with the Turbo it's a very powerful and smooth power train. I could live with this car if the seats offered more support (I suffer from a bad back) and there were less rattles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd January, 2005
More problems with this car, the speedo and temp gauge stopped working... new computer part needed... another $1000.00 + plus bill... time for this car to go.. will NEVER buy a volvo again... be warned! Kelly Blue Book has this car valued at about $7,000 with 98,000 miles... what do these cost new.? probably $40,000 +++ talk about serious depreciation.. a Honda will go 200,000 + miles with a fraction of the running costs..