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Jan 25, 2001 (6:34 am)
I had a 1999 Base S70 loaner. It seemed OK until I started to have repeated problems with it not starting. After three times, and two tows, and dealer NOT being able to find the problem, I traded the S70 just to get away from it. I have ridden with people who have had service loaners, and they (sometimes) treat them badly. Loaners start at 0 miles, and are used during the engine break in period. My S70 was the first and last used car I will buy. Although it gave me a lot of grins during the year and a half I owned it, and I will remember it fondly---when it was actually running--, it is "crude" by today's standards. The new series S60, V70, and S80 are a quantum leap beyond the pre-2001 models, and models from many other manufacturers including acura, toyota, VW are much quieter, smoother, more pleasurable to drive, some more fun to drive, BUT most of all deliver what you expect for the money you pay. With the S70, you have to give up a lot for safety. My final impression of Volvos are that they still have a long way to go to be world class. They have durability, longevity (if you keep replacing parts), but are not reliable, either by individual system (lights, interior components) or in total. I got some diagnosis of the problems I had with my S70 on Brickboard, and it is known as the "lawnmower syndrome". You can see the details on Brickboard by either looking for my notes requesting help, or searching for this topic. Bottom line is it only happens on some cars, is hard to diagnose, and you can't always predict when it will happen. Personally, I think that however much or little you pay for a car, you should expect that one of the features is reliability...it should start when you turn the key 100% of the time, unless you haven't maintained the car properly.
Jan 30, 2001 (8:11 pm)
I have read through all the posts, and it seems as though the S70 is really bad car. not true. You must keep in mind that all of the prowd S70 owners are out driving their cars, not discussing the problems they are having on some message board, because they don't have any problems. I own a 1998 S70 T5 M and have been 100% happy with it so far. I have just over 50,000 on it. With exception of the light bulb problem (which ws fixed) and leaking oil return from turbo(pretty common) nothing has gone wrong with it. So keep that in mind when you are looking at any car, do more research than just the message boards.
Jan 31, 2001 (2:47 pm)
Very interesting and informative posts on the S70. I am considering a 98GLT. Too bad there is no 5 speed. The T-5 is too pricey for my budget. The car reviews I have read all talk about the stiff, jittery ride and road noise which a number of you have confirmed. However, Volvo has the reputation for the best seats in the business but no one mentioned them. I would be willing to give up some comfort for more fun to drive handling ability but I was wondering how much Volvo really has in the sports sedan handling department. I will try and test drive one this weekend. The cars I am considering in addition to Volvo are:
98 Infiniti I30t (auto, 5 speeds are very rare)
98/99 Maxima SE (auto or 5 speed)
98/99 VW Passat (5 speed only)
I can't for the life of me figure out why American car manufacturers will not produce a lightweight (3000-3200 lb curbweight like cars above) 4 door sedan with a manual transmission.
There are alot of baby boomers like me with kids who don't want a truck but a nice 4 door sedan that is fun to drive. BTW, I don't consider the overweight upside down rowboat styled 300M that has the profile of a land yacht to be in the running. Same goes for the even heavier Lincoln LS.
GM continues to lose market share, Chrysler is in trouble with their huge cars nobody wants and Ford 4 door cars are less than appealing. If it wasn't for trucks and their huge profit margins The "big three" would be in serious trouble.
#176 of 1197 hollow "ping-ing" noise '98 s70
Feb 02, 2001 (4:25 pm)
my 1998 s70 with 40,000 is making a hollow "ping-ing" noise when I come to a complete stop. It is on the driver's side and usually comes in sets of 3 pings. Has anyone ever experienced this?!
#177 of 1197 seatbelt problems anyone?
Feb 03, 2001 (11:07 am)
Has anyone had problems w/ the front seat belts getting closed in the door jams? When I picked up my new S70 GLT SE, the dealership had just taken it to get an inspection sticker, when the car returned, the doorjam light was damaged because the door was closed w/ the seat belt in it. The dealership originally tried to blame the damage on me being careless w/ the seat belt, but reluctantly agree to fix the broken door lamp, after i informed that i had not even used the passenger door. I have since had some regular scheduled maintainence done on the car and noticed a slight tear in the drivers side door leather,(probably one of the mechanics closed the door w/ the seat buckle in it.) which I'm sure happened at the dealership, and I'm quite sure i'll once again be blamed for my "carelessness" has anyone had similar problems with the seatbelt sliding into the door jams? After the dealership informed me of this happening i've been ever vigilant about checking the doors before i close them, any suggestions on how to go about getting the rippeed leather repaired? Thanks....
#179 of 1197 Is S70 that bad??
Feb 03, 2001 (6:37 pm)
I looked at a 98 S70 t-5 w/ 59k asking price from dealer is $24,500. car is very clean. after reading all this remarks about the car I'm a little wary.
Also, test drove a C70 w/ 30k asking $31,500. This is really a sharp looking car but both salesmen said it is identical to the T-5. This is very disheartening. I really had thought I was ready to buy my 1st Volvo. Now I'm not so sure.
#180 of 1197 msg to golfnutt
Feb 04, 2001 (8:38 am)
Don't be disillusioned by all the comments on the S70, It is a great car.all cars will have some 'kinks' that need to be worked out. I am surprised at the price your dealer is giving you.I am a 1st time owner of the S70 GLT SE, and plan on upgrading to the XC AWD in 2-3 years. Just as an FYI, I picked my S70 fo $31,325. w/ 14 miles on it. See if you can work your dealer for a lower price b/4 you buy....
#181 of 1197 New purchase
Feb 09, 2001 (3:27 pm)
I'm a first-time Volvo owner. Yesterday, I purchased a 1998 S70 (Base) from Carmax. It has 16,000 miles on it. The price was $20,998 before taxes. Despite being a base model (no turbo) it has all of the options, including sunroof, leather, power seats (driver and passenger), CD, automatic, and climate control A/C. Because of the low miles, the car looks, drives and smells brand new. After reading these posts, now I'm concerned about the "bulb" problem. It seems, though, that most of the people experiencing this situation have the T5 or the GLT, but I could be wrong. I called Volvo customer service and learned that the car has not yet been taken in for the bulb recall. I also learned from one of my calls to all of the local dealers that Carmax had brought the car in to replace the "bubbling" door panels, under warranty. I guess I'll just cross my fingers and hope I'm among the luck ones.
Feb 09, 2001 (8:51 pm)
There are several things you need to know about the bulbs. First, it doesn't matter what model you have, all of the S/V/C 70 series cars have minor bulb problems. The rapid flashing turn signal was caused by a bad design front turn signal bulb and socket assembly. Volvo has just recently issued Recall 101, which will replace these units with a different style bulb and socket assembly. The headlight bulbs don't last as long because they are on all the time. I would recommend buying 2 extra headlight bulbs and put them in your glovebox, and learn how to change them yourself. When you have a brake light bulb burn out, go ahead and save yourself some hassle by replacing all 3. Same with the parking light bulbs, replace all 4. Bulbs are a minor inconvenience that 70 series owners must deal with. Also, on your door panels. The new panels are made with a different glue and the problem with them bubbling up is not likely to re-occur. The S70 is a very nice car, hope you enjoy it!!