2008 Volvo V70 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Good family cruiser. Jury is out on reliability


Minor recall repairs while under warranty.

Power parking brake failed at 44,000 KM.

General Comments:

A good family car. Comfortable and quiet. Adequate if not exciting performance from the 1.8 engine with manual transmission. The flex-fuel system allows us to run on ethanol at a considerable cost savings.

The power parking brake system is a case study in diminishing returns from technology. While most cars have a simple and sane ratcheting lever and cable system, our V70 has two electric motor-driven gear drives on the rear brake calipers. They are controlled by an electronic module; ours failed without warning, leaving both rear brakes 100% locked and the car unmovable. Apparently, there is no release mechanism or procedure unless you have a specialized scanning tool. It's hard to imagine what the engineers were thinking when they designed this system.

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

Review Date: 14th July, 2010