2001 Volvo V70 T5 2.4 turbo from North America


My worst ownership experience


Front control arms replaced under warranty at 6,000 miles.

Transmission problems at 8,000 miles. Hard downshift between 2nd and 1st gear.

Replaced three headlight bulbs before 25,000 miles. I also had to replace the license plate bulbs at 32,000 miles.

Experienced difficulty starting the car in cold weather. It ran very rich and required dealer service.

Thermostat stopped working at 28,000 miles. Required replacement.

Blew a high pressure power steering hose at 51,000 miles.

Ball joints wore out at 60,000 miles.

Various electrical problems occurred at 63,000 miles. The power door lock mechanism stopped working. At the same time the rear window wiper stopped working.

General Comments:

This car was very powerful and fun to drive.

However the build quality was terrible and far from what I expected from Volvo.

There is a problem of excessive sun glare reflection on the windshield. The dashboard reflects onto the windshield.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th October, 2002

19th Apr 2006, 20:28

Same experience here...V70 T5 was probably the best and worst car I have ever owned (if that makes any sense??) Great power, great seats, great ride WHEN the car is working properly, which seemed like almost never. Can't remember if I actually drove the car without experiencing a problem or warning light come on. Seems like most owners have experienced the same type of problems. Why is Volvo not issuing recalls like other auto manufacturers?

31st May 2008, 09:03

I have to agree with the last comment. This is the most comfortable vehicle I've ever owned, but it's a love/hate relationship.

I purchased my 2001 V70 T5 used but certified. Girl here, so excuse the lack of technical reference.

I had numerous problems with the car - mostly the front end. The front end has been completely rebuilt by the dealership. Still having problems and is now out of warranty.

I'm of the belief there is an engineering defect that Volvo won't own up to. I've spoken with several people who have experienced the same problems.

The transmission slips randomly. I've had 3 expensive software downloads but no permanent fix. Light bulbs burn out very frequently. They are easy to replace myself, but I've never had issues like this with any US or Japanese vehicle. I've spent about $2,000 each year on repairs/replacements for this vehicle.

The low profile tires are dangerous in wet or slick road conditions unless the tires are new. Can't use a "regular" tire unless new rims are purchased. I'm on a 2nd set of tires within 50,000 miles.

The suspension is horrible unless driving on a newly paved road.

Don't even think about pulling out into traffic quickly. Severe turbo lag.

I'll not purchase another Volvo, but will drive this one until the wheels fall off. Let's just hope that doesn't literally happen. My '72 Gremlin was more reliable than my beautiful Vowag!

2001 Volvo V70 S 2.4 petrol 170bhp from UK and Ireland


A potentially excellent car, spoiled by the


Wheel nuts went rusty after approximately 2,000 miles. Replaced under warranty.

Alarm remote control units extremely sensitive; repaired under warranty.

Internal door trim problems; door handles are all chipping away the painted areas of the "wood" inserts.

Spurious messages relating to phantom bulb failures from the " information centre".

Poor starting and engine misfiring in damp or foggy conditions.

Luggage compartment cover jams in extended position in warm weather.

Driver's seat sagging after 18,000 miles.

Exhaust resonance at 2000 RPM.

Rattles and squeaks from the centre console and roof lining.

Plastic components in load compartment very prone to scratching and scuffing.

General Comments:

Aesthetically better than previous V70, but dubious build quality and poor durability of internal fixtures worrying.

Too much torque for the Teflon Michelin tyres Volvo UK decided to fit in order to keep costs down/ profit up! This makes driving the vehicle in wet conditions very dangerous, in particular when trying to enter a busy road from a side road. (traction control and better tyres were an on cost option, not allowed on my company vehicle!). In snow, traction is so bad it's better to just leave the car at home.

Reasonable handling, even when fully loaded except when roads are wet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st May, 2002

25th Feb 2004, 10:40

I agree with the comment about the tires. If you live in Canada, be sure to use four snow tires; otherwise you are putting yourself in grave danger when you drive on snowy and icy roads. Mike, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

2001 Volvo V70 2.4 140bhp from UK and Ireland


For a family car, avoid an MPV or 4x4 and go for a V70



General Comments:

The car is exceptionally quiet and comfortable.

Road-holding and handling provide a pleasurable driving experience.

The 140 bhp engine is more than adequate for everyday use.

The car is fairly thirsty (27-28mpg).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2002

2001 Volvo V70 Wagon from North America


Performs well. Questionable safety


Noticeable noise and shaking when idling, especially with the AC on. My complaint drew the dealer comment that this is inherent in a car with a 5 cylinder motor.

General Comments:

Volvo boasts about its safety yet the 2001 is less safe in many respects than previous models. The pillars are very thick and one cannot twist your head to see cars coming up on either side because Volvo put heat and air ducts into the pillars for the rear passengers.

The audio structure forces the driver to take his eye off the road to make changes and to read indicators.

The loud shaking of the cowl is distracting. Dealer says it is due to the 5 cylinder motor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th October, 2001

29th Sep 2011, 13:03

I had a 5-cyl VW that never did that. It was silky smooth. I question your dealer's knowledge or honesty.

2001 Volvo V70 140 2.4 from UK and Ireland


Comfortable and robust but expensive and sluggish


Faulty remote locking fob - buttons ultra-sensitive.

General Comments:

Very comfortable, spacious, smooth cruiser. Excellent on long motorway journeys. 5 speed automatic silky.

On other roads, performance indifferent with automatic gearbox. Needs more than 140 HP. Same engine with 170 HP costs another £1,000. Should be standard.

A huge improvement on earlier Volvo estates in terms of stiffness, silence, roadholding, brakes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2001