1999 Volvo V70 Reviews

1999 Volvo V70 Reviews and Owner Comments

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1999 Volvo V70 (5 Reviews)
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V70 1999, Purchased at 18K, now at 220K, Overall great car..kept up scheduled maintenance (belts, hoses etc.,), at 200K plus replaced radiator/heat core, new struts, control arms, had driver seat leather upholstery and headliner replaced for around $500, looks great, with a little new car smell. Exterior body holding up well (wax it 1 x year) especially in an ocean front area.
just got the car about 3 weeks ago. it was a gift from my darling brother. loves the way that it drives, just all of the warning lights that keeps on popping up.
My 1999 Volvo V 70 is a fantastic car. I bought it just over a year ago from a family that really maintained it well. I bought it with 170,000 miles on it and have driven it over 25,000 miles so far. I had to do brakes on the car, and I charged the AC myself- cheap $26 fix and now the AC is really too cold, I need to turn it off. It is safe, sturdy, and has a really comfortable ride. The 5 cylinder engine has some real kick to it. RECOMMEND that you replace the timing belt on this style volvo and similar S70 every 70,000 miles. Most mechanics can change the timing belt- it wil only cost you 300 - but can save your car from serious damage down the road. I do have an intermittent stalling problem- it is not often- but the car has stalled about 10 times, it usually resolves itself. I changed the spark plugs and timing belt. Also, i have switched over to Mobil 1 synthetic oil. Hoping that this car can last me until the kids graduate college. Definitely recommend.
My car has more than 150K and we have had this car since about 15K. So a loooooong time! My take is that Volvo's are EXPENSIVE to maintain, but honestly, very safe, reliable, etc. The AC has some specific issues that occasionally come up (just did for me). I also second the other reviewer: Don't use Volvo for service! They will raep your wallet! Find a good experienced mechanic to handle the service intervals. To present the cost of maintenance: The 150K service was close to 1000 dollars - for a 4K dollar car, that's a lot of money, relative to the price of the car. Yet of course it is 'well worth it' because hey, the car will go another 100K - easily! The low-cost of a used V70 reflects the upcoming service needs. New, my car was easily 30,000, so while it is currently anything but new, I still appreciate the excellent value the car represents. And who can put a cost on safety?
Front suspension parts are clearly faulty. I have replaced anti sway bar links every year for the past 10 years....sometime more than once a year. Radiator went out at 80K. Dashboard computer is haywire. I would never buy another Volvo.