2001 Volvo XC70 Reviews - Page 4 of 8

2001 Volvo XC70 2.4L from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.4L Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carVolvo 740

Summary:

It is a stylish, good-looking tank with reliability

Faults:

It eats light bulbs.

Timing belt is expected at 105,000 miles.

General Comments:

It is safe, comfortable and reliable. My wife loves the way it sits up a little higher. The wagon's storage access is great for professionals with lots of materials, and soccer Moms alike!

I love its effortless ability in the foot-high snow of New England on a steep incline. The AWD is something with which I will not part.

I bought my XC70 "certified" used from the dealer. I recommend that; however, the car, garaged, has been terrific. I realize that unhappy owners are more likely perhaps to post things about their experiences. However, this happy owner would buy a 2001 model in 2010 without hesitation. The timing belt is $600-$800 at 105,000 miles, however. Be ready for that with any XC70, and some small noises in the suspension that are not too costly to fix.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2010

27th Jan 2012, 17:25

Hey,

Hope someone can help me with an original price for a 2001 Volvo XC70 AWD? I just sold mine in Nov. 2011. I had all the info and dumped it, not think I would need it. But in doing my 2011 taxes, I need to know what I paid for it approximately for taxes, since I used it for business. I bought it in October 2001 with 14K miles.

Can anyone let me know what they paid for their 2001 when purchased in 2001 or early 2002??

Thanks!!

Ralph.

2001 Volvo XC70 AWD 2.4T from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.4T Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance138000 miles
Previous carDodge Durango

Summary:

Tempermental

Faults:

I bought this car knowing it had problems. The problems are directly related to poor maintenance and service practices on the part of the previous two owners, and some poor designing on Volvo's part.

Consider before buying an XC70 that there are design flaws, temperamental poorly built short life parts and lots of electronics issues.

Also be aware that Volvo NA has many hidden warranty extensions up to 200,000 miles.

My XC70 transmission (automatic) shifting was erratic when driving in bumper to bumper traffic (a constant in urban environs). The A/T slammed into and out of lower gears (1st to 2nd, 2nd to 3rd gear).

Heat and old dirty fluid were the culprit in this case. Volvo suggests the tranny fluid, ever! JUST nonsense. If you own an XC70, change the transmission fluid semi-annually...and add a tranny cooler if you know how to do it.

This transmission is not designed to be driven in semi-tropics. I replaced the transmission fluid with Mobil 3309 AT fluid @ $8.00 per quart in lieu of having the dealer flush the tranny and replace the fluid at $450.00. I also added a 5"X 12" transmission fluid cooler ($26.00) in front of the radiator in lieu of adding a Volvo transmission fluid cooler for $1200 (parts only). The Volvo's automatic transmission operating temperature specification is 90 degrees F. OK if you live in Alaska, but it doesn't work in Texas.

I replaced the camshaft and crankshaft bearings, the fuel pump and O2 sensors and a bunch of other stuff before it became my daily driver.

If you can't fix a car yourself, don't buy an XC70. If you can fix a car, buy one, it's really a great quick, comfortable, road hugging machine and lots of fun to drive.

General Comments:

There's something magical about this car. I love it, but I need to work 2 shifts to earn enough to keep her in good shape

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

Review Date: 23rd October, 2009

2001 Volvo XC70 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired118000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carNissan Altima

Summary:

Better than my last one

Faults:

Electrical problems; the sun roof doesn't open, nor does the heat & A/C. Sometimes it comes on when there is no key in the car.

Now the interior lights come on only when the door opens, but when it closes I can't turn them on?

Someone tell me what you think I should do; go to the dealer or someone who deals with car computers?

General Comments:

I like the car, it keeps my kids safe.

From what I'm gathering, the car has some computer or electric problems.

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

Review Date: 1st October, 2009

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 28 reviews