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Hello everyone,<p>I'm considering to buy a used 2001 V70 XC, and am wondering how reliable this car is after 60k miles, or even after 100k miles. I also wonder if there are significant differences in the 2002 edition, that would make the higher cost worthwile. (Yes, I'm kind of on a budget!) I know, these are vague question, but it would be much appreciated if someone could chime in with their experiences or thoughts.<p>Thanks!<br>Holger
 

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Re: Is the 2001 V70 XC a good used buy? (Golreh)

2001's have their share of problems, but if you have the service records and it was maintained properly, well worth the money as 2002's cost a whole lot more in comparison. (usually about $3000)<br>2002's DO drive a bit better as they have different software but there are some (software) tricks you can do to an 01 that make them drive about the same<br>JRL
 

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Well, I would buy one with the utmost caution and get an extended warranty if you can.<p>I have been very dissappointed in the reliability of my 01 V70 T5.<p>We have just reached the 80,000 mile mark, and the car has started to fall apart.<p>Of course, it experienced the ETM failure at about 60,000 miles (just got the refund check recently).<p>Recently, the brake booster developed a leak that could be heard and required replacement. Additionally, the front hubs started roaring due to worn bearings, and the front control arm bushings required replacement to correct and alignment and tire wear problems. <p>Of course, the problems with Volvo sway bar end links are well known, although I don't agree that the IPD links are the way to go. At 2.5 times the cost of the factory replacements available online, I don't think they are worth it.<p>I also had to replace all of the ignition coils due to failures.<p>The battery just failed, and the front rotors required replacement due to wear. The AC compressor pressure switch failed open (no AC) and required a complete evac and recharge to replace.<p>As we speak, there is a problem with the ABS/STC system that I have yet to have diagnosed by the dealer, and it just gave me another check engine light.<p>Maybe my expectations are too high, however I don't expect every wear item on the car to fail at 80,000 miles. My domestic vehicles tend to make at least 120,000 miles before falling apart at this level, and several have made it to 180,000 miles without this level of failures.<p>My wife loves the car, but unless we decide we absolutely need a 7 passenger wagon when the lease is up in 08 we will not be buying another Volvo. If we do, I will absolutely buy a warranty that covers these types of items, if that is possible.
 

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ouch, that is a lot of problems. <p>FWIW, the 2001s (first year for P2 V70s) have the reputation for being especially problematic. To a lesser extent, the first year of the P2 R cars (like mine) also seems to have more issues than subsequent years. FWIW, I've mostly owned Toyotas and Volkswagens, so I'm familiar with the extremes of reliability continuum. The lessons I've learned are: <p>don't assume Volvos are bullet proof like they used to be back in the era of the 240s (and before)<p>reign in that excitement about new models and don't buy a first year <B>anything</B> from Volvo (frankly, same can be said of just about any European mark); in fact, waiting for the 3rd+ year is probably wisest.<p>but, by waiting for a couple years into the model cycle, and absolutely buying an extended warranty if you plan to keep it beyond the factory coverage, you most likely will end up with a reasonably reliable car that has all the virtues of Volvo safety and versatility, etc.<br>
 

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Thanks for your input! It's probably always a good idea to wait until first release issues have been resolved. Come to think of it, I've been applying the same strategy to buying laptop computers... So, now I wonder if the 2000 V70 XC would be a safer bet also? Of course they come with much higher mileages on average. But maybe a car with a really high mileage can be expected to have been through the worst already...? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I have a near perfect Black 2000XC for sale, booster seats and it will have a 3rd seat this week.<br>71K miles, contact me if interested.<br>I know it's far to come here but this is a REAL good XC
 

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Re: Is the 2001 V70 XC a good used buy? (Golreh)

Might check the NHTSB service bulletins and recall notices for the 2001 XC70 before you buy. <br>I own one (since May 2005) and was ahead of the ECM recall by watching these bulletins in January 2006. Majority of complaints came out of California. The recall from Volvo didn't happen until May 2006<br>Just had the tranny replaced under an extended service warranty. Started with shift flares and downshift clunks. Software update and flush and fill didn't cure it. Ended up being a bad tranny cooler core allowing glycol into the tranny fluid. Got a new radiator and voltage regulator , too....This model has a record of ECM and TCM problems. THe ECM replacement should be free and is warranted up to 200K miles. The Tranny replacement runs @ $4K! out of warranty(retail)...<br>Headsup...ECM / TCM problem is not limited to the 2001 trannys either...NHTSB URL:<br><A HREF="http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/recallsearch.cfm" TARGET="_blank">http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/c...h.cfm</A><p>Don't get me wrong...I love the vehicle and would recommend it to anyone looking for a great driving car, just weigh the potential problems/costs against your desires....would recommend an extended warranty and a certified purchase. We put $1000 upfront on the ext warr. and have had @ $6500 warrantied work performed since January of 2006: its August.....<p>Good Luck,<br>tom 2299
 

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Re: Is the 2001 V70 XC a good used buy? (tom2299)

We've got a 2001 V70 T5 with close to 80,000 miles. I've repaired, or had repaired, most of the issues <B>timyerby</B> referred to and I feel like its normal wear-and-tear on a great little car.<p>If you're somewhat mechanically inclined, and use this and other forums as a resource, you can save some money in labor and learn something about your car. If you take it to the dealer everytime, start savin' up!<p><br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Is the 2001 V70 XC a good used buy? (Golreh)

browse this...<br><A HREF="http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f0e2cb2" TARGET="_blank">http://townhall-talk.edmunds.c...e2cb2</A><br>FYI <br>tom2299 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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