<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Zipactonal:<BR><B>I've decided on a S70. Any specific problems to look for before purchasing?<P>Thanks in advance.<P>Zipactonal<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.aztectalk.com/gifnewbie.gif"> <P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>Zip,<P>Although I am VERY new to Volvo I am rapidly becoming a convert...Heck, I almost didn't go to the Volvo dealer when looking....<P>I recently bought a used '98 S70 GLT. I have very little experience with Volvos or S70's but overall have become more happy with the car than when I bought it. Kinda the opposite of buyer's remorse I guess...<P>First let me state that I bought the car as a Certified used car with extended warranty. I paid a premium price but it is a premium car that looks virtually new. So far Volvo of Charlotte has treated just like a new car customer as well which I am sure also colors my perceptions.<P>1. Turbo or no...<P>I didn't even drive the non-turbo as I had read that it can be underwhelming at times. After driving the GLT "light turbo" I was satisfied that it would be fully capable for all conditions I would drive it in. Be aware that the GLT does not drive like a "turbo". By that I mean that if I didn't tell you it was a turbo most likely you would never suspect that it was. No boost gauge or TURBO badging. It has a very smooth power delivery without the big turbo on/off lurch that other turbos I have driven usually have. Just gobs of power. I have never "needed" full throttle, just "enjoyed" it. If you must have the fastest by all means get a T5 "high pressure" turbo but I feel like the GLT is the best of both worlds. I use premium fuel and get about 20 mpg around town. I haven't gotten a good read on highway mileage yet but the little I have seen indicates about 30 mpg steadystate.<P>2. Get it done first...<P>I have had three recall or service bulletin items done on the car since I got it in AUG. Really, all three should have been done before I got it. One was a recall on turn signals, this was not a problem and was just done on the first service visit. Another was a very minor stumble at idle that really didn't seem to be anything but an embarassing annoyance. This was a software fix that was uploaded to the engine on the first service visit. It seems to be working so far. The third is the only real "problem" so far, a driver door spring snubber that has broken loose from the car frame. It makes the most annoying double popping sound on opening and closing. It turns out this is a known service bulletin that requires additional welding. I have that scheduled to be fixed on Friday with the "welding guy", apparently a somewhat rare talent. All the above is being taken care of under the original warranty at no cost to me. I don't know how much I would have had to pay, if anything, with the extended warranty. I was told that the welding job is normally $125 if you have to pay for it.<P>The only other issues have been an additional remote fob and key (very expensive IMHO), bought and programmed for me at no additional cost and a new drivers sun visor replaced at no cost due to original "sagging" down out of parked recess about 1 inch.<P>3. Now we get nit picky...<P>Get the power seat with memory. I love them. The manual seat is JUST as comfortable ONCE you get it adjusted. I just HATE the manual adjustment. In fact the seats are why I got the Volvo. I was having back pain with my newly bought '98 Toyota Camry. The Volvo has fixed that very nicely!<P>I love the leather but Volvo really has them treated with something heavy duty that gives them more scent than I have ever experienced before. Once I can air the car out it is OK but if it sits outside in the sun for a couple of days (I have to park it at the airport for up to 4 days) it can be a little too strong. I just roll the windows down for the first minute or so.<P>You can't turn on the fog lights without turning on the headlights. Whatever...<P>I have the body colored mouldings, but the base of the powered antennae is black but fading. I guess I'll have to find some of that blackening stuff for the one inch square of black moulding that is fading.<P>Nose is very long and low. I have drug (dragged?) the chin spoiler and already knocked off one of the front wheel splash guards ($25 to put back on). I am learning to fear curbs.<P>4. Super picky...<P>Hood has gas struts. Great. Trunk also has gas struts, they power the big hinges. Not so great. But they are nice hinges.<P>Coin holder seems to be sized for Swedish Kroners or whatever. I can only fit quarters in it. But it seems to be removeable so maybe I can find one sized for American coinage.<P>Gold paint stripe on outside doesn't look like it will last as long as the rest of the car.<P>Cupholders. What, don't Swedes drink and drive? Front are OK but that is all, although I do like the way it retracts. They should have made them rachet bigger and smaller like Dodge did on their van. NONE in back. I got the dealer add-on plastic thing-a-ma-bob for the back seat for my girls for long trips, but we'll probably never use it. Volvo should come up with something better to add in.<P>My moon/sun/star roof doesn't one touch open or close. But it does have a 3/4 open stop. Since I hardly ever use it not really a prob.<P>Only one speed for intermitent wipers. I just hit for a sweep on misty days.<P>Rear windows rattle like crazy if door closed when window down. OK when window up. Rest of car very tight and solid. No rattles.<P>5. Nah, Nah, mines the best...<P>I have the pewter paint, a cross between silver, gray and gold, it depends on how the light hits it. I probably would never have picked it out of a brochure but I really liked it. Interior is beige/tan/brown/whatever leather. I love it. I think the interior is what I like the best. I also have the REAL wood package. I think they only have plastic wood now but I love the look of the real wood to offset the "cool" gray panel.<P>I don't know what the name for my 6 spoke wheels are but they are beautiful matches for the car.<P>Spoiler is kinda worthless but I like it anyway.<P>I LOVE all the lights inside. The Camry has a dome light. That's it. Try and find all the lights inside the Volvo. Cool... (hint, even the trunk has a SWITCHABLE light). Thought I wouldn't like the Daytime Running Lights but I actually have left them turned on (but you can turn it off if you want). I think I get a buck eighty savings on my insurance for it.<P>OK, downside here. Women seem to think they are safe because they are blocky styled. They call them tanks. But they love them. One Flight Attendant that is married to a pilot drives a Volvo because it is her dream car. She would rather have it than a Mercedes (which she could well afford). Guys tend to think they are doofy unless they have driven a recent one.<P>I could go on but you get the idea! Go find your S70!<P>Eric<BR>
We had a '99 GLT AWD and it was nothing but problems. We've heard of similar experience from other AWD S70 owners. So bad that the dealer took the car back and gave us a choice on what we wanted to replace it. We took the S70 GLT and got about $450 back/financed in.<P>If we were doing it again, I'd get the wagon, the extra room is great. The LPT feels snappier off the line but once moving the HPT feels very strong. I think the GLT with its LPT is fine for around town, if you do a lot of highway driving the T5's HPT maybe a better choice.<P>If you can find an 850 R, they are very nice. The non-turbo cars do lack the umph of the GLT. In 2000 Volvo had an SE model that was pretty much equipped like a GLT but was a non-turbo. Of course, a V70 R is my personel preference.<BR> <BR>good luck,<BR>chris<BR>'99 S70 GLT
Thanks guys. <IMG SRC="http://www.aztectalk.com/gifbeers.gif"> <P>On Sunday I went to the Volvo dealership and test drove a '98 GLT. I was impressed with the 40 mph 'roll-on' acceleration. I didn't nail it from a standing start but plan to on my next test drive.<P>The one I test drove was 'Coral' and had most of the bells and whistles (I think). It's a 'certified' 1998 with 32K on the odometer. Asking $23,000 (sound reasonable?) Is there an on-line source where I can find info on which options are tethered together? For instance - do those wipers on the front headlights denote a special 'weather' package of some sort? I also plan to test drive a manual S70 T-5 that's for sale at an independent Volvo repair shop near where I work. They can't certify their cars but they're typically $1,500-$2,000 cheaper than the 'official' Volvo dealerships. I'm on the freeway 18 miles to/from work but it's usually @ 35-60mph range (traffic) and I'm not sure if I would have occasion to 'exercise' <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"> the T-5.<P><BR>Regards,<BR>Edward <BR>
<B> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Zipactonal:<BR>I was impressed with the 40 mph 'roll-on' acceleration.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE></B><P>The best thing about turbocharged engines is their 'roll-on' acceleration. The good thing about the GLT low-pressure turbo is their 'starting' acceleration from a stop.<P><B> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>The one I test drove was 'Coral' and had most of the bells and whistles (I think).<HR></BLOCKQUOTE></B> <P>'Coral Red' is one of the rarest colors you can find for the 70-series.<P><B>'Coral Red' 98' S70 GLT</B><BR> <IMG SRC="http://images.andale.com/f2/104/126/6959804/996529887922_GLT_08.JPG"> <P><B> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Do those wipers on the front headlights denote a special 'weather' package of some sort?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE></B><P>Yup, that is a good sign that it has the 'winter' package. Check for the heated seats and/or fog-lights to make sure.<P>-Drew<p>[This message has been edited by InDy (edited 10-30-2001).]
Oh man, you are so right about the HPT roll on abilities, there's nothing like punching the gas and feeling the turbo kick up and the car downshift, you blow by everybody. I would highly recommend looking for a car that may be a bit out of range right now. Example is a V70R, even though they're fairly rare, dealerships aren't making very much money and will for sure take way less than they are asking.<P>Just my personal opinion, if not, there's a dope 850R manual in Nova Scotia, just look on IPD's website.
Hmm, check out <A HREF="http://www.kbb.com" TARGET=_blank>www.kbb.com</A> or <A HREF="http://www.edmunds.com" TARGET=_blank>www.edmunds.com</A> for pricing and edmunds should have a detail of what was offered in '98. <P>A dealer in Richmond, VA is selling 98 V70 T5s and V70Rs in the $24-$26 range (35-40k miles). The dealer by me has some used S70 GLTs on their lot, I'll swing by and see if they have some prices for comparison.<P>Chris<BR>
I don't know where you live but i can tell you right now I can get you a good deal on a used S70 shipped wherever you are if they have one anyway. Check out <A HREF="http://www.BobPenkhus.com" TARGET=_blank>www.BobPenkhus.com</A> you can look through their inventory online and should be able to contact their internet department from their. If you see something you like talk to Bruce Leiva. He is the Internet Department manager. If you get that far let meknow and I will call him and talk to him. I bought my 98 S70 T5 for $19,000 plus tax, liscence, and fees. I also worked there but you get my point.<P>