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I'm looking at a base 1998 S70 with 125k on it.<p>The seller is a very good friend of my best friend and they've bought cars from him before. He has a small side business of buying good cars, doing the repairs and reselling them.<p>Anyways I'm interested in going and looking at this car later today / tomorrow. What should I keep my eye open for? I've been told the 1998 MY is one of the best for this car since it's before Ford got thier hands into it too much.
 

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Re: What to look for in a used S70? (landrumdh)

Welcome to swedespeed.<p>I would check the transmission, air conditioning, and rear main seal, aside from the usual stuff. Look for maintenance records. Have a Volvo specialist give it the once over.<p>The Ford comments always crack me up as I don't see a lot of blue ovals in my '04 R. <br>
 

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Re: What to look for in a used S70? (Wayne T5)

I'm buying the car from a Volvo specialist <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> The guy is a service mgr for a bunch of dealerships.<p>He said he took care of all the standard service stuff (filters, belts (including timing), brakes . . . ) already.<p>Thanks for the welcome, I've a long time active poster at VWV but apparently this site isn't in our shared user DB yet <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: What to look for in a used S70? (landrumdh)

As a base, you eliminate the potential turbo and AWD issues, so that's a good start. <p>You really need to look at all the normal stuff you'd be checking on any used car: no major leaks, good shifting, no odd noises, maybe a compression test if you want to. <p>Make sure the climate control works, as that can be a major expense/PITA to fix, depending on the problem. <p>Check the maintenance schedule and see if there is anything coming up like timing belt replacement, so you have that in mind when it comes to money.<p>We've had our '00 V70 for just over a year now, bought with 98k, and it's now at 119K. Bought from a local independent specialist who picked it up from a local VW dealer who took it in as a trade.<p>As for the Ford comment...those always crack me up too. But it's even worse as a Jaguar owner. Everyone seems to know about Ford owning Jaguar, but it seems most people aren't as aware of them owning Volvo. Either way, the amount of ignorance about Ford's influence on these companies is astounding: everyone talks about cars being rebadged Fords. Yet oddly enough, when people look at an Audi TT, you don't hear them saying 'it's just a Golf.'
 
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