2000 Volvo V70 T5 2.3 High-pressure turbo from North America

Summary:

An excellent European sports wagon

Faults:

Nothing too serious, except for a few light bulb failures in the past four years - typical of Volvo.

General Comments:

The V70's performance has always impressed us. Its acceleration time from 80km/h to 100 km/h is especially staggering. Passing on highways is easy, and at middle to high-revolutions (when the high pressure turbo's on), power is just raging like a beast. Its heavy weight makes it a bit weary to drive in normal city settings, but the powerful engine makes long trips very rewarding.

Ride comfort is excellent largely due to the comfortable seats and roomy interior. Ergonomics are generally satisfying and the wagon's convenience/versatility is extraordinary.

The only complaint I have is the reliability of Volvo's electrical systems, as we had a few light bulb failures in the past.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2004

19th Apr 2010, 11:00

I have a New Zealand new (not a second hand import) Volvo V70 T5 and it had the classic ETM issue. The importer/distributor Archibald and Shorter, after 3 months of emails, replaced it for free.

Other than that, sometimes the computers are too smart, and I recently had "ABS System Service Required" come up on the dash... turned out the battery was finished, so I bought a new one.

My advice: find an auto electrician with a Bosch testing unit who knows what he is doing and make friends. He will save you heaps on the dealers!

Other than that, a GREAT car. I love pulling up next to Subaru's and then wooshing off... they never try to drag me because I look so "family", and by the time they realize there is a fast car, they can only look at the large tailpipe and go "Volvo, what's a Volvo?"

2000 Volvo V70 T-5 SE 2.3 petrol turbo from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Seriously quick, but very comfortable family car

Faults:

Five light bulbs (front and rear) have needed replacing.

This is a car weighing nearly 1.5 tonnes and accordingly tyre wear is heavy and expensive.

Central locking system failed (repaired under warranty).

Excessive noise from power steering system (repaired under warranty)

General Comments:

This is a very quick car whether using the auto or manual box (mine has geartronic).

It has plenty of room for big dogs and four adults and is a supreme motorway cruiser - very quiet and comfortable.

It is superbly appointed with high quality materials and every conceivable luxury imaginable (although our American friends may dispute the quality of the cup holders)

I am maybe considered a fairly quick driver so fuel consumption is rather heavy at around 24 mpg.

Two thefts resulted in broken side hatch windows which are very expensive to replace when you include the replacement of the surround trim (£540 each time).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th April, 2004

10th Aug 2004, 13:45

We Americans love the car, but hate the reliability. The cup-holders have been the least of my worries.

2000 Volvo V70 XC 2.5 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A practical alternative to the SUV

Faults:

Controller for the cooling fan failed at 20,000 miles.

General Comments:

The car was extremely comfortable.

Not the best handling car, but it is better than most 4X4's.

But best of all the construction of this car saved me from serious injury when I had a major accident.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2004

2000 Volvo V70 S 2.4 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Quality car for gliding around, no boy-racers should apply

Faults:

Moisture in rear lower light cluster.

Pale coloured seats easily show marks.

General Comments:

First impressions are of a soundly-built, smooth car with a high level of comfort.

Not as quick as I expected, but engine is very quiet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2003

2000 Volvo V70 Classic 2.0 Litre Light Pressure turbo from UK and Ireland

Summary:

The best family car bar none

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car!

General Comments:

I love the Volvo V70 for several reasons.

The first is the comfort of the car for driving. The Volvo seats are superb and excellent for long distance driving. The cabin is cosy and well designed with a clear dash and easy to use controls.

The second reason is the usefulness of the car. The boot is huge and the car can easy cope with 5 adults and luggage.

The third reason is the quality and finish of the car is excellent. The cabin is well screwed together and the external paint finish is fantastic.

Performance is good when the car has warmed up and is at speed, but the Volvo' acceleration can be a little sluggish from traffic lights in urban areas.

Refinement is good and ride quality is good - however the handling of the car is a little unenthusiastic when it comes to bendy roads or high speeds - understeer sets in early and you can feel the chassis flex a little as the car protests such treatment!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2002