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I am new to this forum. My wife is in love with Volvo styling, and we're are thinking of purchasing a used S70. I am surprised to see that Volvo has discontinued making them, since they were the only true midsize offering. <P>Just trying to get some feedback from current owners. My questions are:<P>1. How has reliability and dealership service been with your car? Consumer Reports does not recommend the S70, because there seems to be alot of reliabity issues.<P>2. Is the base engine 168hp sufficient with the automatic, or should we be looking at more powerful engines.<P>3. Is service very expensive as reported by many consumers?<P>4. Is there any substantial differences between 98, 99 and 00. Is one model year more desirable than another.<P>5. How are insurance costs with this car?<P><BR>All in all, the S70 IMO is beautiful inside and out. A classic Volvo shape. It has the most comfortable seats and a beatiful interior. I am a little nervous over realibility and don't want to buy a lemon.<P>Your feedback is greatly appreciated.<P>
 

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Wow guys, a pretty dead forum you got here..<BR>Hope it's not a reflection of the ownership experience.<P>I would have had at least 20 responses already on the VWvortex site.<P>
 

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I haven't spent long term time in an S70, but have spent a day or two in one. The one I drove was a normally aspirated automatic fwd version. What I did notice, was that the thing, while very close to my 850, was put together much better. There were fewer rattles and better separation from road noise while the suspension was very composed and surprisingly sporting.<P>The power was enough for my two days with it, but the power that comes with the turbo models, either the low pressure unit of the high pressure T-5 is kind of nice.<P>There was also the rare S70 awd with the low pressure turbo. That'd be a pretty cool car to get.<P>As for service, dealers are not cheap. I personally bought a car under warranty and after it went off, I take it to an independent Volvo repair shop about half the time as I am on a budget. I'll do the same for my Golf when it is off warranty.<P>I hope this helps.
 

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I personally do not recommend consumer reports.<P>IMO, the base engine is adequate. <P>I don't think volvo service is any more costly than other imports. I've never had a volvo under waranty and have never regreted it. I've performed, or could have performed all repairs myself thus far.<P>I haven't been happy with one of the dealers near me, but that is a different thing. Look at all the stories on vwvortex.<P>My insurance rates are based on the value of the car (colision) and safety features (personal injury). <P>
 

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I have a '99 V70AWD with the low-pressure turbo. 17k miles over 20 months of ownership. Hope the comparison is close enough for you, Zolik.<P>Performance issues: I find the 197hp engine more than adequate for most American driving. I thought the base engine without turbo was a slug, at least in the heavier V70. Acceleration is a little slow off the mark compared to a BMW 3-series or similar, but it will cruise effortlessly at 80-90 mph all day and return 25 mpg. City mpg is 17-19 or so. <P>Mechanical issues: nothing major. We've had the corner light sockets replaced under a recall notice. The car goes through headlights like crazy and I can't believe it's only because DRL use shortens their lives. Brake wear is rapid, and pad dust coats the alloy wheels all the time; I'm up for replacement at 20k miles, and my wife and I drive gently.<P>The AWD is sweet if you can find an S70 so equipped. One downside is all-round tire replacement if you have a blowout. (I have 3 Michelin MXV4s in great shape with 15k miles if anyone is interested. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"> )<P>There is a noticeable transmission thump when you take your foot off the gas too abruptly that some owners feel is a real aesthetic violation in a relatively expensive car. It's only a moderate annoyance to me though.<P>Body integrity/reliability: a long-term concern. While I pay very little attention to Consumer Reports, the '98 70-series cars got a black ball in this area... and lots of '98 owners on the Brickboard, etc. report rocking driver's seat, broken seat rails, roof liner coming down, door liner glue coming unstuck, bad window/door lock controls, etc. I would avoid the '98s I guess. On my car I find the paint is soft and very easily scratched.<P>Ownership costs are... high compared to a US-made vehicle or a Japanese car I guess. Dealer service is no deal and my car goes in every 5k miles. But if you're benchmarking against a Benz or Bimmer I guess it's OK.<P>We plan to keep the car for a long time and I will definitely be in the market for extended warranties. I have worries about major repair costs down the road and the car's integrity/solidity, while good, in no way compares to the Volvo "tanks" of old. It is a great ride though all in all and we don't regret the purchase.<P>Like you I think the S70 is lovely and when it comes time to replace our other (non-Volvo) car in a year or two, it'll come down to a new VW or a used S70 GLT. Great cars, but persnickety. <p>[This message has been edited by BearX220 (edited 04-19-2001).]
 

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Thanks for the feedback, and sorry if I sounded a little impatient.<P>I guess there are pluses and minuses in owning different makes of cars. <P>The Volvo is handsome, fun and comfortable, but looks like it has it's fair share of gremlins. It definitely has character though. I appreciate your honesty on the problems. Even though there are all these gremlins, I know plenty of people who drive their Volvos for years and years and love them to death.<P>Japanese cars are reliable but bland and appliance like, for the most part.
 

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We have a '99 S70 GLT and we are very happy with it. We originally purchased a '99 S70 AWD, but after owning it for 7 weeks we swapped it. It was in the shop for 6 weeks. Don Beyer Volvo, offered us a new GLT and cash back or even up for another AWD S70. <P>The AWDs S70s had a wiring problem in the trunk, the fuel pump was our big problem. I think a couple other issues.<P>Your Volvo dealer may offer a free loaner with used cars as well, something our dealer does with new and used---its a nice touch.<P>Chris<BR>'99 GLT<BR>'83 Caddy16v<BR>'92 GLi
 

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iam so happy to hear your wife's looking for a s70 volvo, iam 28 years old and have had my vehicle for about a year. and i will be a volvo girl for the remainder of my life. the horsepower i feel is more than enough. if you are looking for more passing power look for a T-5. when you ask about reliability w/i the first 3 days the car was shaking and mis-firing (due to a bad coil) it was taken care of immediately and have not had a problem since then. i can't say enough good about the volvo, i feel very safe and secure when driving in all conditions i feel it was the best investment we have ever made. loved it so much had to buy another volvo (for the husband 850 T-5) when you ask about the insurance i work for state farm and also carry our insurance with them as well for both vehicles it runs about 142.00 a month but we also live in a large city my suggestion to you anytime you are thinking about purchasing a vehicle just call your agent and get a quote. For more vehicle information check edmunds.com. <P>i hope this helps you, and wish you luck.<BR> <P>
 

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I have an 98' S70 Base right now. Besides this one rattling noise from the dashboard that bugs me the car is running just fine. It has decent power for most people who consider buying it(older crowd.) but it feels little underpowered today after I rode in an E55 with a pro driver that was showing me the true capability of AMG. :)
 
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