2001 Volvo XC70 turbo from North America


It's a blood sucker


The whole front end is junk.

It wears through tires.

We have put $3,000 in repairs in 1 year and it still needs tons of work.

General Comments:

Never buy one unless it's brand new and has warranty.

It might be a safe car, but it will break your bank.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st July, 2007

25th Aug 2007, 18:56

I have (carefully) taken my XC70 up Jeep roads, scratched and dinged the undercarriage. But at 100,000 miles all 4 tires are wearing very similarly. I began running synthetic oil at 15,000 and changed it religiously every 7,000. Six years later, the car appears like new except for some fading of the exterior blue/black plastic. I have never spent a cent beyond scheduled maintenance. It sounds like someone beat your car up before you bought it. I suspect your problem is not Volvo.

2001 Volvo XC70 XC 70 5 cylinder turbo from North America


We love our XC70 and will drive it until 300K and then buy another!


Throttle control - replaced by volvo by recall post car being out of warranty.

Power windows and sunroof had issues which were covered by warranty and when vehicle was out of warranty, still observed by dealer as pre-existing conditions during warranty and were repaired.

Headlights did burn out every few months for first two years, but, now are fine... knock on cypress.

General Comments:

I love my XC70. My daughter's ages 3 and 7 fit in the boosters, thus, eliminating the need for ugly and inefficient after market boosters. The storage cubbies, ability to drop seats, heavy duty interior, and TURBO when I need it are all very beneficial. Handling at high speeds on the highway, and avoiding obstacles at over 100 mph has been observed on more than one occasion while driving alone on a West Texas Highway!

This car is a must for individuals that travel with kids, have kids, haul items, etc. It is a Fine European Touring Wagon with SPEED.

Granted it doesn't run like the S-70 TURBO I previously owned, but, it zips. Best yet I've never rec'd a speeding ticket in it. How could a family wagon go over 70 mph?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2007

2001 Volvo XC70 from North America


A nice looking, comfortable piece of junk!


Rear seat belt locked up at 69000.

Recently the Rear crank shaft seal was replaced along with a new turbo. $4000 And now the catalytic converter needs replacing at 79000. ($2000)

General Comments:

This car drive very nicely but, it is completely unreliable and poorly designed. I've own this car about a year and treat it very well with little use and it's cost me over $6000 already. The previous owner purchased it new from the dealership and had it regularly serviced locally at the dealership. The car has been nursed and it's still breaking down.

It's a piece of junk and I plan to get rid of it asap.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th September, 2006

2001 Volvo XC70 2.5 turbo from North America


Unreliable, expensive to maintain. Volvo Customer Service could care less


Rear shocks and struts replaced at 40,000 miles; this also required replacing a complete set of Michelin tires that had only 12,000 miles on them. Strut and shock failure rendered two rear tires unsafe. Cost (including new tires: over $2,000.00)

Electrical problems cause side mirrors (especially passenger side) to 'reset' by pointing 100% up and 100% out... no matter how often this is re set and 'saved'. Techs unable to diagnose or repair.

Ignition Key Tumbler was defective. Would recognize and allow insertion of key, but would not reliably 'turn' and would then cause ignition tumbler to freeze up. Required new tumbler assembly and re-keying (including software downloads). Cost: $500.

Electronic Throttle System malfunctioned. Part itself is culprit. Volvo refused to replace part, opting to 'upgrade software' because, in their words, "It hasn't failed, YET. When it fails and 'codes', then we'll replace it." Nice to know, seeing as though the part's failure causes dangerous loss of power... potentially while merging onto highway or passing on a two-lane. Cost: Nothing, YET. But, potentially the lives of those in the car when it does fail.

Transmission failure. Transmission failed leaving us stalled on a wide stretch of railroad tracks. Ever try to push an XC70 that's loaded with travel gear? Was given option the 'replace solenoids' for $1,900 now (but advised against this as this was not guaranteed to 'fix' the problem) or replace entire transmission with a "Volvo Certified Reconditioned Transmission" for $3,400.

Volvo Corporate refused to contribute ANYTHING, even though car was only 900 miles past its 50,000 mile warranty.

At 52,000 miles, the "Volvo Certified Reconditioned" Transmission is clunking loudly on every downshift, and it's leaking transmission fluid like a sieve, staining our garage floor a lovely shade of pink.

In 25,000 miles of driving the car has cost over $6,000 in repairs and caused us to rent a car for over three weeks while it was in the shop awaiting parts. It took them 15 days to replace the transmission because Volvo North America kept losing track of the shipment... and this was to one of their self-acknowledged 'Top Ten Dealers in The US" (in Maine, when Volvos are constantly in need of service...)

No one actually owns a Volvo. You just pay rent to their Parts & Service Departments.

General Comments:

It's a very comfortable car to drive and ride. It has great safety features, though other makes have caught up in this regard.

People who own them want to like them... desperately want to like them... but eventually, like us, go back to buying a Subaru and compromising some comfort for rock solid reliability. Our '99 Forrester has 187.000 miles on it and we've only had to have some brake work done, a clutch replaced, and replace tires and a muffler.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th August, 2006

1st Dec 2008, 10:28

I have the same problems with my 2002 Volvo XC70. We bought as a dealer customer car that we were told the dealer's wife primarily drove with 7500 miles on it. Since the beginning we complained about hesitation at shifting and told the dealer service department this over and over. Being a layman, I even told them while car was still under warranty that it felt like a transmission issue. They continually told us no... We have replaced the throttle 2 days after another $1000 repair. We have replaced the oil pan another $1500 repair. Now we believe we need a new transmission. I would NEVER again purchase a volvo. We bought this car thinking we could keep it forever. It currently has 68,000 miles and we have been complaining of the same problems since the beginning...

23rd Aug 2009, 22:51

I have a 2001 XC70 - worst car every. Over 15k in repairs and new transmission with 130k miles. I keep kicking myself for buying off lease.

I will never again purchase a Volvo. They really are terrible cars.

24th Aug 2009, 14:32

Minus the fact that Volvo's are very safe vehicles, that's basically where the benefits end.

21st Jul 2010, 18:07

I bought a 2001 XC, and have experienced most all of the above problems.

I had both the transmission and transfer box (2 wheel to 4 wheel) go out at approx 60 k while going down the freeway, and stranded 100s of miles from home.

I continuously replace light bulbs, O2 sensors and wheel hub gaskets. I have spent a lot of money keeping the car. It is paid off and has approx 200k on it, and I choose to keep it as a spare car for my personal and business use.

It does have still a solid feel to it, and it's fun to drive, but I would probably not buy another; I don't know.

The 2001 thru mid 2000 XC70 is a beautiful car to look at, and that's another reason I have kept it.

On another note, I think the newer style XC70 wagon took a turn in the wrong direction.