2002 Volvo V70 170 hp from North America


A major disappointment


The car has been in the shop seven times over the past 18 months. That's an average of over 1 service visit every three months. The rear passenger side power lock motor burned out at 10,000 miles and the power lock system has malfunctioned on three occasions. I had the power locks repaired last week and they have now broken again for the fourth time. The power steering pump was replaced after approximately 7,000 miles and the brake pedal position sensor has been replaced twice.

General Comments:

I asked Volvo "Customer Care" to repurchase the vehicle from me, but they refuse to do anything.

When the car is functioning, it drives great. Unfortunately, those occasions are few and far between.

I would never recommend a Volvo to anyone, nor would I ever purchase one again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd November, 2003

2002 Volvo V70 D5 SE 2.4 diesel from UK and Ireland


A excellent family car


The car broke down at 12000 miles.

A hose that connects the compressor to the turbo charger burst.

Poor starting from cold, will not idle cleanly..

Engine management system has re-programmed by the dealer.

Above problem has now started again.

Air condition stayed on after the ingnition key had been removed? no idea how.

General Comments:

A very comfortable car.

Loads of space in the back for passengers.

Feels very safe and secure when traveling especially with the kids.

Dealers did not want to know when I broke down, it took three attempts to find a dealer that was prepared to fix the car.

Very economical,40 mpg is normal.

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

Review Date: 10th June, 2003

15th Apr 2004, 17:23

The air con also stays on in my S80.

This is a design feature to 'dry out' the air con unit.

This is supposed to be a 'fix' from complaints about bad odours coming from climate control system.

It mentions it in the handbook.

Hope this helps.

10th Sep 2005, 14:58

I have an 2002 2.4 t S60 with climate air con. After a hot day, I have heard the interior blower fan switch itself on - not the engine fan - while I have been sat in my living room, after coming back from a drive with the air con in use, usually about 5 minutes after coming away from the car - I park my car nearby. My 2000 year 2.4 V70, with climate, never did this, it only refused to close the windows just before a big storm, and unlocked the car all by itself! My only concerns with the S60 have been the possibility of a battery going flat. My solution to this is simple - and never failed yet: turn the air con off BEFORE switching the engine off.

2002 Volvo V70 SE 2.4 D5 from UK and Ireland


Best car I have owned by far


Nothing so far.

Changed the stereo system in the car for an aftermarket high quality one so the car had to go back to the dealer to have the computers re-programmed to tell them that the original stereo was no longer fitted to stop on dash error messages.

General Comments:

This car is very comfortable to drive.

Very easy to find a good driving position compared to my last car (V40).

Very economical and fast.

Loads of power and low down grunt.

Great space for my 3 children.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2003

2002 Volvo V70 Non-turbo from North America


Comfort and Safety


Nothing has gone wrong with this car.

General Comments:

I traded in my '89 240 for a new V70 base model. This car has the most comfortable car seats I've ever parked my butt on. The suspension keeps car poised at all times, and the brakes stop shorter than any other car on the road.

I've read where others are less than thrilled with their V70's, but I think Volvo has addressed most of the problems with this car.

I intentionally bought the base model to avoid the turbo upgrade to the engine, so mine is a front wheel drive only. I think this is the way to go with this car. I drove it through some really bad weather this winter with no problems, and acceleration is OK, but not like a turbo kick in the pants.

Despite its small outside dimensions, this car hauls a ton of stuff.

My only quibble is with the automatic. The logic function seems too fuzzy, and shifts are not predictable. It really hunts on hills. I may be too picky, my 240 had the indestructible 5 speed manual.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2003

2002 Volvo V70 many lines D5 (2.5 5-cil diesel 163 hp) from Netherlands


A comfortable, powerful, not to much exposing executive VOLVO


Nothing yet, although it does not always start on the first attempt.

General Comments:

The diesel (gasoline) engine is a great experience for me. It is very strong, but also responds quick, it's sound is very acceptable, even from the outside, and really silent in the interior. Only when accelerating very fierce, you notice it (its power). It hesitates below 1200 RPM, but above 1500 RPM til max "you feel the force"

The seats are great. These seats are (due to a weak spine) one of the main arguments to buy the car, and I'm not disappointed! The fabric is a little to warm though. The electric chairs (and mirrors) are automatically adjusted, depending on which remote control is used for opening the doors. Funny, and very luxurious.

The road behavior is very safe and accurate! Steering is like natural, and everyone who is driving it, just accommodates very fast to it's behavior (even my girlfriend, who always needs weeks to get used to a different car.

The comfort is very good. Maybe it's a little soft, but it is far better than our '94 Camry It's certainly not as sportive and challenging as our BMW 325 cabrio. I should have considered the dynamic suspension.

I regret paying for the extra and expensive sunroof. It has no aerodynamic aids to prevent a huge noise when opened. Above 70 km/h it has to be closed due to air "whooping" in and out!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th June, 2002