I am considering my first Volvo, a 2000 S70 GLT SE. Test drove it yesterday and came about as close to falling in love with a car as I ever have. I am looking for some honest advice about the benefits and drawbacks of this make/model/year.<p>The odometer reads 63,868 and Carfax seems to back that up. Asking price is $12,500. On the inside of the sticker, someone had written $10,990.00. May use that to my advantage. Actually, the salesperson just called and said the lot was having a silent sale starting today, so price may even be lower. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>The mileage seems too good to be true, 10k/year? But the numbers track--it was in Pennsylvania (Philly) and appears to have been a lease, then registered in Florida to, you guessed it, a little old lady. I was able to check title history. She seems to have had some long trips, but highway miles are always preferable to city, and the mileage between Florida and Pennsylvania checks out.<p>From my superficial inspection, it's in phenomenally good shape. Doors, hood, trunk all in line, good seals, no loose hinges. Suspension tested and drove great. The engine was lively and didn't hesitate, brakes worked great in normal and panic stops. Normal drift to the right at speed, no strong pull. Steering was tight and responsive. Cosmetics were superb--paint matched, no scratches or scours. No evidence of fluid leaks, but haven't had it up in the air yet.<p>Engine compartment was pristine--I've hardly seen anything that clean off the showroom floor. Hoses and wiring harnesses/connectors all looked good, fluids were good. I have one question--when I checked the coolant tank on Volvos (I've checked two this week), the fluid is clear--am I missing something, isn't it supposed to have a greenish tint?<p>I am going to have it checked by a mechanic, and want to see if I've got my bases covered. I would want to ask, in addition to a thorough general evaluation, that the following be specifically checked:<p>1) Has the ETM been replaced yet, or any indications/codes that it may need to be soon? This is the most common problem I've seen with the S70 forums I've checked out.<p>2) Have the swaybar end links been replaced or will they need to be soon? This is the second most common problem I've read about.<p>The headlight switch recall and headlight bulb recall I expect to hear have been fixed.<p>Also, is it better/kosher to take it to the nearest Volvo dealer and ask that they do the evaluation? This particular car is on a Toyota lot, who took it in trade.<p>The other stuff, namely mechanical (lights, window switches, etc.) I am preparing myself to just have to deal with as they come up, as it's never predictable when those things will go and it can happen on any vehicle. I also plan to get an extended warranty from warranty direct.<p>As far as overall mechanical reliability, what is your experience with the S70? I find Consumer Reports somewhat helpful, but they seem to trash most European imports in general. Edmunds has high owner-generated marks, but their "independent" marks lump it with "the rest."<p>Anything else I need to be cognizant of before making an offer? I'm sorry for such a long post, and I appreciate any response or advice.