2000 Volvo XC70 from North America


Think VERY seriously about this model..


Everything, I have had the cooling system replaced, the computer brain, starter, A/C system.

The inside panel of the rear panel has fallen off with no unnecessary roughness. So many things have been replaced that all I can say is thank heaven I took out the extended insurance policy.

I am now having to replace the intake valve gasket for the turbo, and understand that is a frequent item replaced.

This car is the worst Volvo I have ever purchased, and I have owned 4.

The leather seats in the front have all cracked and torn @ 60,000 miles, and again not unnecessary use.

General Comments:

There is really nothing good to say about this car, other than I have basically replaced the entire works and might as well keep it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd July, 2009

2000 Volvo XC70 from North America


Love it


Electronic Throttle Body/System - replaced by dealer under recall

Window Control panel - driver's seat

Numerous light bulbs.

General Comments:

I love the comfort, I love the safety, Love how it performs in snow here in Vermont. MUCH better in snow than my husband's F150 with 4x4.

I am very disappointed by the dealer service (had to go there for the ETS recall work) but my local foreign car repair shop is great.

Bought at 85K miles for $10K... and am hoping to drive it for another 100K miles :->

One major beef: what's up with the stupid cupholder design???

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2008

2000 Volvo XC70 SE 2.5T from North America


A decent but not robust car


Driveshaft at 105000.

ABS sensor at 80000.

"Check Engine" light at 80000.

General Comments:

Everything I've heard tells me a FWD V70 would've been a better choice given my likes and dislikes of the vehicle. AWD is great in bad weather, but on this particular model it seems it's more trouble than it's worth. I will buy another XC70, but I know enough to buy one that's newer and with fewer miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2008

2000 Volvo XC70 2.4 turbo from North America


Best car I ever purchased from a driving comfort point of view, however by far the worst car from a


1. Harsh shifting transmission.

2. Rusted sunroof frame.

3. Driveshaft bearing premature failure.

4. Torn engine mount.

5. Leaking oil return line from turbo.

6. Torn hand brake cable boot cover.

7. Broken window regular switch.

General Comments:

I was very disappointed with the overall reliability of the car, as well the support and ethics of the dealer. I will never purchase another Volvo product, and have already recommended the same to friends and family.

Some the problems I have had with the car are listed below:

1. Corroded sunroof frame. No explanation or support from dealer as to why the inside of the frame had become corroded. (Cost quoted by the dealer for a new sunroof CAN$1100.00)

2. Harsh transmission down-shifts. Shortly after purchasing the car (used with 52000 km) the transmission began to shift harshly between 4th and 3rd gears. Again, the dealer was of no support, and the only solution presented was to replace the transmission (CAN$5000.00), as the dealers do not fix transmissions, or as a temporary fix, have the fluid flushed. Since that time I have had the transmission fluid flushed on two separate occasions each time costing CAN$450.00. No software upgrade was available for my transmission.

3. Drive shaft bearing. The drive shaft bearing seal has failed (110000 km), and the bearing is contaminated with dirt. The bearing is an integral part of the drive shaft, and therefore, the entire driveshaft must be replaced (CAN$2200.00).

4. Front sway bar link. The front sway bar links bushings failed at 80000 km, and had to be replaced (CAN$500.00).

5. Right front wheel bearing. Replaced at 110000 km. (CAN$400.00)

6. Oil return line. The oil return line is leaking, and to have it replaced will cost in labour alone CAN$300.00.

7. Torn engine mount. One of the engine mounts is torn, and the dealer recommended it be replaced. I had this inspected by an independent garage, and they stated the engine mount had a slight tear, but was not in need of replacement.

8. Battery. The dealer stated that my battery had to be replaced due to low cold cranks amps. I had this checked by an independent garage, and the battery tested fine. The same battery is still in the car.

8. Viscous coupling. The dealer stated that the input bearing to the viscous coupling (rear differential) was "loose" and that the entire viscous coupling had to be replaced (CAN$3300.00). Again, I had this inspected by an independent garage (and a Volvo master mechanic), and the viscous coupling bearing is fine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th May, 2006

25th Aug 2009, 00:52

I know that many work hard so that they don't have to get their hands dirty. However it would be prudent to familiarize yourself with your car and its components carefully so that shops that do work for you can't take you for a ride.

The dealer sells service manuals for your car. Buy one!! They can cost $150-$300, however you will save that on the first repair that you can either do yourself or avoid if not necessary.

I have owned Volvo cars in the past and would recommend them to anyone. I would not however recommend that you own any car that you know nothing about! If you know what they are talking about and they know that you do, they will be less likely to take advantage of you. Remember they are feeling the economic crunch also, and they need the work! If you are going to give them the business, make them earn it!!!

Best regards, Mark.