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I'm looking to purchase a used V70. I have found a few that I am interested in, but I am having trouble deciding between 2002 with NO AWD and 2000 with AWD. There are 2- 2002 - one has 'winter mode' and one has 'stability traction control'. The 4 cars all have about the same mileage - about 60k. (By the way I live in the mountains of Colorado). I'd love some feedback on the AWD vs. NO AWD in the handling of the car. I'll put studded tires on it either way.
 

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Re: AWD vs. FWD (sitkacreek)

Colorado-winter- buy an AWD.<br>FWD Volvos handle decently with good snow tires in snow but you cannot compare the two. AWD Volvos will go practically anywhere with aggresive snow tires,<br>(as long as you have grond clearence). <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> They're not torquey enough(or tall enough) to pull you out of 2' of snow
 

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Re: AWD vs. FWD (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Colorado-winter- buy an AWD.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>+1 my thoughts exactly. no question.
 

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Re: AWD vs. FWD (sitkacreek)

The first gen V70 was from 1998-2000 and the 2nd gen is from 2001-2007. They are very different cars. If you can afford a 2001+ V70 AWD or V70 XC that is a much newer platform. The 1998-2000 is the same platform as the 1993-1997 850 models.<p>I would recommend a 2001 V70 XC in CO.
 

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I live in MO, we don't get enough snow for AWD to be a huge issue... I am curious what disadvantages there are to the 1998-2000 V70 XC's as I'm considering purchasing a '99. I realize the AWD system doesn't work as well, but if I wanted to go hardcore for traction, I'd go Subaru (don't shoot me!). I guess I'm mainly curious how the Volvo AWD performs in rain / on slick roads (not involving ice, necessarily). Thanks!
 

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Boils down to if your not in a heavy snow belt this. Do you wish to drive a older 850 AWD with just a new name 1998-2000 V70 AWD or a V70 AWD 2001->. If in heavy snow belt you should be driving a 2001-> V70 AWD or XC70. Likewise I drive a 96 965 but could just as easy be driving a 96 V90. 96-99 not a bit of diffenerence in them either 964-965/S90-V90.
 

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Re: AWD vs. FWD (sitkacreek)

IMHO I would avoid the older awd model and look for a haldex eqipped car as its a much better system. The viscous clutch works fine as an AWD unit but... they tend to eat tires a bit and if 1 tire does go you need to replace all 4 if there is beyond a certain amount of wear. Also there is alot of parasitic drag from the system the Haldex stlye is a nmajor improvement and worth the cost.
 

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Re: AWD vs. FWD (Greasemonkeyjoe)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Greasemonkeyjoe</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">IMHO I would avoid the older awd model and look for a haldex eqipped car as its a much better system. The viscous clutch works fine as an AWD unit but... they tend to eat tires a bit and if 1 tire does go you need to replace all 4 if there is beyond a certain amount of wear. Also there is alot of parasitic drag from the system the Haldex stlye is a nmajor improvement and worth the cost.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>A Haldex car is 2003 and newer. That's a HUGE <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> price jump
 
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