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#1164 of 1197 My 1998 is excellent. 230,000 and going strong.
Feb 27, 2011 (1:59 am)
I disagree about the 1998 not being reliable. I have one with 230,000 miles and it has been wonderful. Actually my cousin is a mechanic and said that it is the year you want since after 1998 they made it so you have to plug the car in at the dealer to use their diagnostic system that has a proprietary uplink to Volvo in Sweden. Issues I have had are MAS air flow sensor replaced under warranty around 70k and really not much else. It's hard to believe but either I have a one of a kind or the car is just excellent. I have been in 2 not at fault accidents where I was struck on the rear bumper quite hard and there was no structural damage. Just replace the bumpers and voila! Back in business! Try that in a "reliable" Toyota or Honda. From those two accidents I seriously believe I would have had a totaled car (and thus a new car payment). Mine keeps on truckin' and I plan to keep it until I just get tired of it since I really have not been able to wear it out. I do drive my cars hard but keep the routine maintenance up. Avoid the dealer for service and ask around town whose work is good with Volvos. As a helicopter mechanic on Apache and Blackhawks for 15 years I know what good engineering is and these cars are made to last.
Note: I have always used Mobile One Synthetic oil.
1998 S70 GLT 2.4 liter.
#1165 of 1197 Re: My 1998 is excellent. 230,000 and going strong. [jeff207]
Feb 27, 2011 (8:39 am)
'98 really is the one to have. '99 is still OK, but the electronic MAF in that one is problematic ... but a fix is available. '98 is also the lightest, which is a nice added benefit.
If I ever come across a preserved low mileage '98 T5, I'd have to grab it, I think.
#1166 of 1197 Re: My 1998 is excellent. 230,000 and going strong. [qbrozen]
Feb 27, 2011 (9:43 am)
Exactly. A Volvo is not a Toyota or some other Asian cookie cutter. If you want to never have to do anything to it then get one of those.
The tradeoff of buying the Toyota in my opinion is:
1. A generic uninspired car. Looking like every other car out there.
2. A car that is not built like a tank (more likely to get totaled in accidents).
3. How many recalls are there out there for Toyotas lately?
4. Crappy seats. (Volvo has the best- I have owned a Jetta with Recaro seats and also a BMW 325i and Volvo still beats them).
5. Less than stellar handling (Volvos are great handling European cars-not every model but most of the newer ones).
If you take care of it, it will take care of you. I will never drive a Toyota or any other mass produced, uninspired cars. No matter what the reliability is, if it is not fun to drive then it is just a waste of time. This is just my opinion so take it or leave it.
#1167 of 1197 S70 Problem Accelerating
Apr 07, 2011 (12:18 pm)
Hey guys- any help would be appreciated.
Occasionally at low speeds (stopped at red lights, stop signs) when I step on the accelerator the car will stutter, like its choking. It has to be a misfire of some sort, I assume.
It will correct itself within 5 seconds and ONLY does it after the car isn't moving. Once it corrects itself the car run perfectly and smooth.
Any advice? I'm guessing plugs?
#1168 of 1197 Re: S70 Problem Accelerating [pilotbrett11]
Apr 07, 2011 (1:52 pm)
without knowing the answers to the above, I'm going to take a guess that you have a '99-'00 model and your MAF is going south.
#1169 of 1197 Re: S70 Problem Accelerating [qbrozen]
Apr 07, 2011 (4:43 pm)
Thanks for the reply.
#1170 of 1197 Re: S70 Problem Accelerating [pilotbrett11]
Apr 08, 2011 (8:51 am)
ok, well then probably not a MAF problem. I doubt the plugs since you would have other issues as well. It could be something on the intake leaking or a vacuum issue.
You didn't tell me the model, so I don't know if turbo or not. If turbo, that gives you many more possible places for leaks.
On my '98, I one time had a plastic elbow connector inside the intake manifold crack. That caused a bit of a stumble at idle on occassion.
#1171 of 1197 Re: S70 Problem Accelerating [qbrozen]
Apr 08, 2011 (9:47 am)
Ahh- Not the turbo. I'll take a look and see what I can find. Thanks.
#1172 of 1197 1998 S70 p335 Crankshaft position sensor error
Jul 26, 2011 (1:32 pm)
We purchased a 1998 volvo s70 for our daughter and it has been a really good little car. We recently put new tired on it and had it tuned up. We had the spark plugs and spark plug wires replaced. Not long after that we got an error P335 for the crankshaft position sensor. We have replaced this sensor and cleared out the code. The car ran much better, but then the check engine light came back on with the same code. Could this code trigger a different sensor?
#1173 of 1197 Fuel Pump System And ABS Mod.
Aug 08, 2011 (11:41 am)
1999 S 70 who know how hard it is to replace the fuel pump and is it something that can be done by a non mech also the ABS Mod for the S 70 is not as big a cost as you think you can buy complete and life time warr. $75.00 to $99.00 shiping inc. from a place call Reman in Ma. it only takes 4 small bolts and one plug and your done so do not pay the $750 to $1,600. they all want very easy to do anyone can do it