1999 Volvo XC70 AWD 2.5 turbo from North America
Stay away from Volvo, unless you want to spend a lot of time with dealers
The XC70 runs through tires really fast - my brand new tires are almost completely bald after 32000 miles. I think this is unacceptable.
There was a problem with the windshield getting coated with some translucent substance and my coolant liquid kept emptying (and thereby triggering the light to go off on the dash). After 3 trips to the dealer, they figured out the problem - there was a hole in the coolant pipe that was causing the coolant to vaporize and coat my windshield (to the extent that I couldn't see the road very well). So much for Volvo safety!
The worst problem was a clicking sound from the rear passenger side that increased with the RPM. I first took it to the dealer while it was still within the warranty period. I took it to 3 dealers (twice to each) in the Seattle area, with no luck figuring out what the problem was - each dealer had the audacity to tell me that they "fixed" it in some way. Finally one dealer charged me $200 to inform me that they will need to change the rear drive-train for $1500. Drive train replacement later, the sound still exists! Now the car is extremely rough at 60MPH. Thanks a lot Volvo.
On the upside, Volvo dealers always wash the car.
I would never take another Volvo if they gave me one for free. They are absolutely unreliable.
The seats and stereo are top quality.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th September, 2004
22nd Jan 2016, 23:44
Not really unreliable was it though? In fact the only thing that has gone wrong was a rattle and a small hole in a rubber pipe... the rest was down to dealer mis-diagnosis and not faults with the car. Oh, once upon a time I had a squeak in an old car - it must have been the worst car ever made!!!