2004 Volvo V70 D5 S 2.4 diesel from UK and Ireland
Would not recommend to anyone
Very poor starting and running, injectors replaced, no improvement.
Poor and spongy brakes.
Noisy rear suspension.
Aircon (climate control) refused to work.
Alarm / immobiliser constantly faulty.
Random error reports on dashboard.
Info centre works only intermittently.
Seat fabric wearing very badly.
Loads of trim rattles.
Very disappointing, poorly built and inadequate dealer support.
Slow and tiresomely noisy at most speeds.
Awful fuel consumption, all of the compromises of diesel, but none of the claimed advantages.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th August, 2005
31st Jul 2007, 09:09
Surprised by some of the comments here. I own a D5. The engine pulls pretty hard and I've owned a 170bhp Nissan 200SX, 155bhp Alfa 156, 138bhp Toyota MR2, 150bhp Nissan Almera GTI. All fairly swift cars. Perhaps yours was running off the boil, or you're other car is an Evo or something? The only car in the list above which pulls like my D5 was the turbo'd 200SX, and that had much more lag. The last couple of inches of pedal travel in the accelerator allows mine to be a bit of a hooligan's car, spinning fat front wheels in 2nd gear in the dry.
Also, noisy? On the motorway at 70-80 mph its very hushed in my opinion.
19th Jul 2012, 11:42
Hi. Your comments were excellent and very educative.
Off the top of my head, I know the V70 diesel engine was originally sourced from Audi. It had 5 cylinders with a displacement of 2460cc, power was rated 136/140 BHP, and about 200 or so Nm of torque at 1900 RPM.
What about fuel consumption, reliability, build quality, etc.?
I am contemplating buying one, and would like some owner info/experiences. Your answers would be most appreciated.
20th Jul 2012, 07:49
Hi - to the above commenter. You are initially correct in that the original V70 diesel was an Audi unit, however that was soon dropped for Volvo's own 5 cylinder unit in 2000. If badged a D5, it's a Volvo engine and it's EXCELLENT!
My 2003 V70 D5 has just turned 230,000 miles, and still doesn't smoke and returns 45 MPG (hardish driving) as well as good power. I saw a 2005 S80 D5 with 520k miles for sale the other day!
Best with a manual gearbox in my opinion, but either way, mine has no wear to the seats or interior, and everybody who goes in it can't believe the miles.
I have converted two Mercedes driver's into a V70 because of this car. Nothing German can match it, especially as this car is SO much cheaper in the first place.
Volvo for life.
2nd Nov 2012, 08:47
I think this reviewer must have had something seriously wrong with his. I have never heard anyone say that a D5 is slow!!!
On top of this, it was a beautiful car to drive. Quiet and refined.