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Volvo S70, Sedan
May 06, 2001 (4:40 am)
If you go back in this forum, you'll see my comments about the 1999 S70 I owned. I liked the car, but it was way too much trouble for the money. It never ran the same day to day, always had little things that went wrong, and finally, after three times leaving me stranded, I traded it in on a Toyota. I have friends who own S70s, S60s and S80s. The S60s seem to have no problems at this point. The S80 has had its share, but seems to be subsiding. The S70s for the most part, however, are a constant pain. Anything I have said about the 1999 copy of the S70 goes double or triple for the 1998. I would avoid this car, especially wtih 50K miles. I'm not alone..Consumer Reports recommends avoiding this car also. One last thing, Volvo dealers don't want these cars...in fact, they dont seem to want any of their own cars that are more than 3-5 years old, so don't count on trading it in on a newer Volvo.
#233 of 1197 In Dash Volvo 6 Disc CD Changer
May 13, 2001 (7:23 pm)
For those threads asking about adding a CD to a '97 850. Volvo is currently running a special (in New England area) right now for the Volvo in dash 6-CD Changer. The price of the changer (which includes mounting kit) is $232.75 - if your Volvo dealer claims to no nothing about it - go to another Volvo dealer. We just had one installed in our '95 850Turbo, my '98 S70 base will have one on Tuesday. I think that the '97 GLT should also have the changer controls integrated into the radio, so this shouldn't be an issue.
Volvo leaflet from parts dept pictures the glovebox with changer installed and it states "Fits models 850 / S70 / V70 / C70 1994 - 2000"
Hope this helps.
#234 of 1197 cd changer
May 14, 2001 (8:00 am)
cdt2833, thank you very much for your info...
I called my volvo service and parts department and they do have that offer. the thing is $250+ after tax (which is MUCH MUCH better than the $830+ one). I already placed an order with them... I think I'll paid them for the installation also... but overall saved a bundle !!!
thanks again !!
#235 of 1197 Volvo S70 Reliability
May 14, 2001 (8:56 am)
As an extra bit of FYI to this forum, I'd like to offer my ownership experience with my 1998 S70. From what I've read here and at the brick board, people fall into one of two camps: (1) car has few or no problems, or (2) car is a complete lemon.
My 98 S70 5speed has been very trouble free. My only glitch was when the vinyl insert near the door pull handle (on all 4 doors) bubbled and sagged. I have not blown any bulbs at all since I took delivery of the car three years ago - a major point here is that I disabled the DRLs via the set screw next to the headlight switch before I drove it off the lot at delivery. I was in Texas at that time and the lack of DRLs let my pewter silver volvo blend in with the concrete nicely so I didn't want the lights on for smoky.
Volvo has subsequently replaced my ignition / starter switch, and performed recall/safety campaign issues for my turn signal sockets and the addition of a grounding strap for the passenger side dash mounted air bag.
The car has never stranded me, nor has anything broke. Its biggest problem is little squeaks coming from interior pieces during the winter but overall the car is quiet and solid while cruising down the highway at 75. The car's performance is actually quite good when you consider it is a 5 cylinder, small displacement (2.4l)168 hp engine moving around 3300lbs of car. My 5 speed certainly helps here.
I think that Volvo quality may have lapsed a bit when they freshened the 850 to become the S70 (in 98), the S80 launch with it's multiplexed electrical system was indeed very troublesome and Volvo probably should have done more testing before releasing it into production use. As with any first year new model from domestic or foreign mfgs there will undoubtedly be glitches, and most certainly some people will get lemons no matter what - all car makers have them.
However, with this being the 7th Volvo in our extended family, we've certainly had much more of the good than bad.
If buying used, find which dealer delivered the car and get the service department to completely print out what service and maintenance was done to the car and then check for any Volvo recalls / campaigns which need to be done prior to delivery, and purchase the Volvo extended warranty. A Volvo is no different from any other mechanical device that ages - stuff will break sooner or later.
#236 of 1197 S70 Rental Fleet Hitting the Used Market
May 19, 2001 (1:13 pm)
I've been used car shopping and have noticed a fairly large number of S70s from the rental car fleet on dealer lots. Does anyone know if it is possible to get a service history on these cars? Anyone have a history of purchasing a car that was previously in the rental fleet? Thanks.
#237 of 1197 In Dash CD Player
May 21, 2001 (11:52 am)
Can anyone tell me why recordable cd's will not work in the cd player? Do i need a certain type of cd??? Thanks for the help.
May 21, 2001 (6:59 pm)
CD-RWs are written in a different format, and must be played in a CD player designed for that format. Most OEM stereos can't read CD-RWs. (Most older home systems can't, either.)
Try a regular CD-R, and make sure you're not asking your CD player to read mp3s!
#239 of 1197 cd player
May 22, 2001 (5:52 am)
thanks for the response lancerfixer, but i am using normal cd-r's. i'm actually using cds that i have had no problem playing in other cars and cd players. is there any explanation for this? thanks.
May 22, 2001 (6:34 am)
Nope. None that I can think of...Maybe a dealer tech knows.
#241 of 1197 Battery died after 30K-mile service
May 22, 2001 (9:24 am)
One of the procedures of 30K-mile service is top out the battery water. The service was done two weeks ago. Now the battery is dead. The dealer told me that means there's something wrong with the battery and the only fix is replace it. They offer pro-rated warrenty for the cost of battery.
Anyone know about this?