2003 Volvo V70 Reviews - Page 2 of 2

2003 Volvo V70 SE 2.4T from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4T Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Vectra

Summary:

Everything I hoped for, and more

Faults:

Truthfully, absolutely nothing has gone wrong with this car. Inspecting with a fine tooth comb on delivery showed it to be perfectly assembled, and nothing whatsoever has gone wrong since.

The nearest I have got to a problem was ordering it with the 'badge delete' option and then finding when I arrived to collect it that it had the 2.4T badge stuck on the tailgate. This took the helpful dealer all of five minutes to remove without trace.

General Comments:

My previous car was a Vauxhall Vectra 2.5 V6 GSi Estate. Great fun to drive, with taught handling and lots of poke. Amazingly, the V70 barge is much quicker outright, and has a far wider plateau of torque that makes it easier to punt along effortlessly. Anything above 1500RPM will give real shove, and keep on going to 6000RPM and beyond. This is one terrific 'elastic' engine that makes fast A-road work a breeze. On my way home from work is a straight, level, stretch of road between two roundabouts where every car that I own gets treated to the same test: From a rolling 10MPH with clutch fully engaged in first gear, what is the maximum indicated speed by the time the first of three 'slow down' chevrons is reached? My Vectra SRi V6 Estate would reach 90 MPH every time, the GSi Estate 96 MPH, and the Volvo 102 MPH. A huge difference, especially in terms of distance covered.

The Volvo is not as taught handling as the GSi, but not far off once the slight lack of feeling straight-ahead is known and not over-compensated for, and is much more comfortable. Mine has Nivomatic self levelling suspension, and the ride and handling both laden and unladen is in a different league to my brother's 2003 V70 D5 with the same tyres.

My V70 has been taken from the UK across Germany to the Czech Republic, where the unruffled high speed refinement was superb.

The only things I don't like about the car are a relative lack of oddments storage thanks to all the safety features eating up room, and the rattle from the load cover that all V70s suffer from. Because the rest of the car is so quiet and rattle-free, this can be a nuisance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2004

2003 Volvo V70 2.5 T 2.5 turbo from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired21 kilometres
Most recent distance54500 kilometres
Previous carVolvo V70

Summary:

Good package with a few small irritants

Faults:

Passenger window broke a runner at 15,000kms.

General Comments:

I really like the vehicle, ride, performance and reasonable economy.

There was a low speed drive-ability problem which a software upgrade solved, so any car with jerky response needs this upgrade.

I have been frustrated on several long winter journeys that the windshield washer warning is not an ‘idiot light’. It is part of the message system which only seems to check when you stop. This means you can run out of fluid on snowy or slushy roads without warning. Bad deal here in Ontario, Canada.

One other concern which I will have to address is the breakdown of the clear-coat on my alloy wheels. The wheels were in use from August to November when I mounted snow tires on steel wheel. They were reinstalled in April and now in June I find the clear-coat has peeled. I have used McGuire’s wheel cleaner, but I doubt it caused the problem as a friend has used the product for 3 years on a Mercedes without trouble.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2004

2003 Volvo V70 75 y. Edition 2.4 turbo from Finland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance50000 kilometres
Previous carAudi A4

Summary:

A smooth brick

Faults:

-Some problems with the standard 17" low profile tires - burst a couple of times while driving on gravel. But that's the price you have to pay for the looks of the 17" rims - they just don't fit for "off pavement" conditions.

General Comments:

-The low pressure turbo engine puts out lots of torque on low RPM. Good acceleration.

-Great handling and comfort on motorways. But front wheel drive design brings some insensibility when driving on "beaten pavement". Overall a great car to drive.

-A little bit awkward car on narrow city streets and parking places, due to size and wide turning circle.

-All the space you need in front seats. Big trunk.

-Automatic transmission work perfectly - "geartronic" not needed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2004

2003 Volvo V70 SE D5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission D5 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance5000 miles
Previous carVolvo C70

Summary:

Good choice, as I expected

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Extremely comfortable. Great family car, the family pack is worthwhile. My 1.5 hour commute to work each way is almost a pleasure! (If only I could get those BMW drivers off the road - or at least explain to them what indicators are for).

Am averaging 38 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2004

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 7 reviews