1999 Volvo V70 XC from North America
No safer place while on the road for me and mine
ETS light kept coming on.
Failed brake sensor.
Rear lift gate malfunctions.
Cruise control failure related to check engine light.
Unlike many others who have reviewed this vehicle, I actually LIKE mine... and I'm not a soccer mom either.
Because my family road-trips a lot (back and forth to DC from the Deep South, we need something large, safe, and reliable. Our V70XC was just the ticket. Bought used this spring, we traded in a Toyota Highlander 2001 for the 99 V70XC... and even with the few problems we've had, it's still hands down the better vehicle for us.
Now, it is true that Volvo's are expensive to maintain... but so are Saturns, and those don't have nearly the safety rating or the comfort rating of this model Volvo. Maintaining a used Volvo is like maintaining a new car that has no warranty... it's just the costs of owning a luxury car, and that's what Volvos are: luxuriously SAFE!
We've used the extended warranty option on this car and our dealership was great about getting us a loaner for longer term repairs. The liftgate problem we are having currently we will have to go to a different dealer for, but I expect that we will still be happy with the result.
End judgement, if one comes available, GRAB it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th May, 2007