2000 Volvo V70 2.4 petrol non turbo from Australia and New Zealand
ETS has failed, however this is not an issue for me, as I became a professional repairer of them and have assisted hundreds of owners with this system.
The 5 speed auto transmission, which is unique to only the R model and non turbos in the older body style in year 2000, has some valve body issues, which I believe either replacement of the solenoids or a refurbished or new valve body will solve.
The A/C has a leak somewhere and has never held refrigerant for long, so is not working.
Driver's and one rear window switch were replaced.
Front shock absorbers were original & getting tired at 280,000km, so I replaced them with Quinten Hazel units and am very happy with the ride/handling compromise.
Inner tie rods caused high speed instability at 300,000km. With new ones the tyre wear is even and stability is great.
No oil leaks whatsoever, which is awesome, however I do my own maintenance such as oil & filter. The oil cap seal can be a source of leakage on pre 2008 Volvos, and can literally flood the top of the engine, so this seal gets replaced at every oil change.
The top engine mount has failed and transmits some vibration to the cabin... Replacement is not difficult or expensive (under $60 AUD), and will be done shortly.
I bought this car fully knowing that at high kilometres there would be compromises and more maintenance than in a newer car. Even so, it has delighted me with excellence in practicality due to the rear seat/folding backrest, and a driving experience which has been totally pleasurable.
Front seats are great and the rear seats have boosters built in and also a built in centre child seat. Carpets, dash and plastics are excellent quality.
Climate control works well, and the cruise control keeps speeding fines down to a minimum.
The 125KW engine is ample when mated to the 5 speed auto, because there is always a good spread of torque and it rarely strains unless fully laden or towing.
I love the styling of the body. The later ones are pretty, but this P80 body is cleaner and more of a "classic" shape. People always identify this car with a bygone era of simplicity and style.
With built in massive section roof rails and a set of roof bars, it has carried ridiculous amounts of lumber and heavy items way over the carrying capacity of the roof with no issues.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd July, 2015