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1998 Volvo XC70 cross country 2.4 turbo from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4 turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired150 miles
Most recent distance193000 miles
Previous carVolvo 240

Summary:

I've enjoyed this car for nearly 10 years/200,000 miles

Faults:

ABS/Tracs module failed at approx. 80,000 miles. Because of the cost of replacement and having driven 100s of thousands of miles in various vehicles without ABS, I chose not to replace it. At about 188,000 miles the speedometer began to fail intermittently. As it turns out, the ABS module controls the speedometer. I found a link to Victor Rocha who rebuilds the modules for $130.00 and provides detailed photos and instructions for removal and installation (20 minutes with a tool that Victor sells for $5.95)

General Comments:

This car has been reliable, comfortable and enjoyable to own. Many posts list long lists of negatives, even owners of older Volvos. Keep in mind that the the V 70 Cross Country is technologically light years ahead of the last generation (240s, etc.). They didn't have ABS, all wheel drive and numerous other desirable safety and comfort improvements that can require additional maintenance costs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2007

25th Oct 2011, 15:48

I drive a 1991 Volvo 240 with ABS.

1998 Volvo XC70 V70XC 2.4L Fuel Inj L5 turbo Vin:B5254T from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4L Fuel Inj L5 turbo Vin:B5254T Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance232000 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

Excellent ride and handling, VERY HAPPY!

Faults:

Every 50,000 to 60,000 miles transmission flush is REQUIRED.

Changed spark plugs at 100,000 and 200,000 miles.

Only 'eats tires' if not properly aligned or if use cheap tires.

Replaced front drive shafts at 230,000 miles.

Replacing main (front to rear) drive shaft now at 232,000 miles.

General Comments:

Seats are very comfortable.

Ride and handling are great!

I had virtually NO PROBLEMS for the first 120,000 miles, and very minor issues since - until replacing the drive shafts after 230,000 miles.

I think some people are expecting their cars to run forever with little or no maintenance. That is not realistic!!

If my car continues to run this well for the next 200,000 miles I will continue to be VERY HAPPY!

My previous cars and trucks did NOT last anywhere near this long, usually quit about 100,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2007

1998 Volvo XC70 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired31 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carLincoln Mark IV

Summary:

Comfortable, but not up to overall expectations

Faults:

Radio has loud crackling noise on AM stations since purchase - dealer has no idea why??

ABS sensors have failed at 10,000 miles.

Driver door needed door stop bracket on door to be welded back to the frame of the car $ 300.

Motor mounts failed at 68,000 $ 500.

Water falls in cabin from roof line.

Driver Inside window/door lock controls blew out at 55,000 miles (water related??)

General Comments:

Car is very comfortable and all-wheel drive is great, but reliability and Manufacturer's/Dealer's inability to stand behind the product would influence me to look elsewhere for my next vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st July, 2006

1998 Volvo XC70 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Love it! Will probably keep it for a long time

Faults:

Air Conditioning Compressor at 82000. $2200, dealer paid for it.

CV Boot torn (after harsh off road ride), $240 at a private Volvo Specialist (the only way to go)

Altitude Sensor at 81000, $104, dealer paid for it.

Brakes needed replacing at 110000. $600 for all 4 disks and pads.

General Comments:

Over all this has been a great car. We travel a lot in a lot of conditions. For being the first year with an AWD version of the V70, we were a little concerned. Engine and transmission have been completely reliable (just follow the rules with an AWD Auto Trans car, DO NOT MOVE THE CAR IN NEUTRAL)

It is very comfortable, stable and has some power to it. Off the line it appears slow, but once if gets going it hauls butt, accelerating quite rapidly. (I actually got a speeding ticket going up a steep hill coming from a stop). It is heavy, drives heavy, but does not feel like a slug, just SOLID.

The AWD is great and handles well in snow and ice. Just know that the AWD does not work as effectivly when coasting, give it a little gas and it will turn better. The only time we had a problem with AWD, was being parked on a hill right after a bad ice storm. The sensors felt that all wheels would slip and so the car went no where. We just backed it up to a flat spot and got going just fine, despite the extreme ice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2006

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 9 reviews