1998 Volvo S 70
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My trustworthy Swede

by from Penna. on March 21, 2012

I purchased my 1998 S70 T-5 in 2006. Since that time it has been driven on long trips, short hops and just for fun down the highway. I have serious spine and back issues. The seats help to reduce the ...
I purchased my 1998 S70 T-5 in 2006. Since that time it has been driven on long trips, short hops and just for fun down the highway. I have serious spine and back issues. The seats help to reduce the pain. My Bjorn moves me quickly into traffic and has never stranded me anywhere. Plenty of room for passengers and the trunk holds quite a bit. Visibility all around is very good. Plan to keep this car for a long, long time. Great value, great SAFETY. Volvo for life.
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98 Volvo S70 Turbo T-5

by from Moreno Valley Ca on September 10, 2010

Great car got it for a good price and it is a great running car, Volvo's tend to have electrical problems, wiring and fuses, but I haven't really experience that with this one except a headlamp issue,...
Great car got it for a good price and it is a great running car, Volvo's tend to have electrical problems, wiring and fuses, but I haven't really experience that with this one except a headlamp issue, other than that a great buy if you get one that has been maintenanced regularly!!!
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Most reliable car i've owned

by from on June 22, 2011

nice car great to own good on gas last for a long time nice interior great car you must have and LOVE
nice car great to own good on gas last for a long time nice interior great car you must have and LOVE
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Excellent Car for Value and Performance

by from Harrisburg, PA on April 9, 2012

Very fast, reliable and safe. With regular maintenance, this vehicle go far; I've reached 350,000 miles and it's still as quick to start and pass as when I bought it new.
Very fast, reliable and safe. With regular maintenance, this vehicle go far; I've reached 350,000 miles and it's still as quick to start and pass as when I bought it new.
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Wish they still made this model

by from Ontario, Canada on January 1, 2016

I bought this car in 01 and it had 107,000 Kms on it. It had a shattered headlamp assembly and a tie rod that needed replacement to get it certified. I have put 300,000 Kms on it since I purchased it ...
I bought this car in 01 and it had 107,000 Kms on it. It had a shattered headlamp assembly and a tie rod that needed replacement to get it certified. I have put 300,000 Kms on it since I purchased it and the only major thing I have had to replace was the catalytic converter as it failed from fatigue. This car has never let me down and always passes the emissions test with flying colors. It has cost me very little in repairs and my only regret is that Volvo no longer makes this model.
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Great Car 300K miles

by from Cali on November 21, 2012

HAd my 98 s70 T5 since new. Just passed smog today with flying colors. 300k miles. I have not had any major issues at all, Regular maintaince like any care. Will buy another Vovo for sure when the whe...
HAd my 98 s70 T5 since new. Just passed smog today with flying colors. 300k miles. I have not had any major issues at all, Regular maintaince like any care. Will buy another Vovo for sure when the wheels fall off this one!
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Wow! Much better than I expected...

by from Little Rock, AR on February 28, 2011

We purchased the GLT model in the spring of 2009. I had no idea that the little turbo was so fast. I alway had a causion of turbo cars because I thought it was more to service, break, etc. but boy was...
We purchased the GLT model in the spring of 2009. I had no idea that the little turbo was so fast. I alway had a causion of turbo cars because I thought it was more to service, break, etc. but boy was I wrong. The car is so fun to drive it's a shame. I now view turbo's as a safety feature. We purchased the car for my daughter, she was about to graduate high school. Wanted to get something she could drive a few years. I like the car so much I purchased a simular model for myself. The car has the most comfortable seats of any car I have ever ridden in. It rides comfortable, pretty quite and good on gas. We have not had any real problems with it other than some maintenance that was neglicted. Once taken care of, the car has been fine. Common problems: Motor mounts and door panel material. Always replace your timing belt and PCV system. The good: Great brakes, gas milage, looks, comfort, motor reliability, spirited, safety.
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The best car I have ever owned

by from Westwood, California on February 23, 2010

I bought this vehicle used in 2008. i at first was reluctant because of the age of the vehicle and all. i was astonished by how it was and is in excellent shape for the year. I mean there is some wear...
I bought this vehicle used in 2008. i at first was reluctant because of the age of the vehicle and all. i was astonished by how it was and is in excellent shape for the year. I mean there is some wear and tear on certain things and there are a lot of general maintenance I had to do to it, but overall, it has been a great car. I have the T-5 236 horse power motor and I love it. There is one thing though and that would be whenever I punch the accelerator, the one wire comes loose from the distributor cap. I suppose that is a easy fix. Also the repair of these cars can be quite costly comparted to those of a more popular brand such as a ford or chevy. This car has a LOT of room inside both back and front seats. The power control on the window on the drivers side broke along with the panel that fits underneath the glove box on both sides. The interior could have been made better I believe, but I love the car in general. It is FAST and economical. It has 154k miles on it and the motor purrs like a kitten but is as fast as a cheetah with total control even at high speeds. Last week I got 28.5 mpg highway. The car has easy to learn instruments. I absolutely love this car!! With a car that size and power, I get that good of mileage is a miracle. Thanks Volvo for being a continued quality SAFE automobile and now fun to drive as well.
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VERY HAPPY WITH MY 1998 S70 !!!!!!!!!!!!!

by from Mount Laurel, NJ on July 10, 2010

I bought mine in '04 and its done a good job for me. Sure I had to get some things done at the dealer which hurt my pocket in the beginning but since then its been a very positive experience. Finding ...
I bought mine in '04 and its done a good job for me. Sure I had to get some things done at the dealer which hurt my pocket in the beginning but since then its been a very positive experience. Finding a GOOD private (non-dealer) mechanic will help tremendously to your enjoyment of this vehicle. The key is to change the oil regularly, catch issues before they get big and checks at regular intervals (tires, fluids, tune ups etc). I presently have over 178K in July 2010 and its still going strong. I have a base model, the turbo would be the only thing I would add to the engine. The only thing bad I can say is that the non-turbo engine is a bit sluggish during acceleration BUT this is a Volvo and I didn't buy it to win any races.............I plan to drive this vehicle until the wheels fall off !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Good car for a couple, not a family

by from VA on November 23, 2007

this car was a great buy for us becuase our van was being taken away from us. I would say the reliability is average, our timing belt went crazy and cracked the upper part of our engine, which was a $...
this car was a great buy for us becuase our van was being taken away from us. I would say the reliability is average, our timing belt went crazy and cracked the upper part of our engine, which was a $3,500 repair (half the price we paid) The comfort of this vehicle is amazing, its SO COMFORTABLE! Because its a Volvo i would think that the car would have more features, but for a 98 its pretty well equipped. The Turbp 5 cylinder is REALLY FAST! we tested the 0-60 and got it to 60 in 6 seconds, Handling, is once again OUTSTANDING! the second you turn it turns, which can be kinda scary at times when you swerve a little. the interior design could be more family orented but for us its fine becuse most of our kids are going to college. with the timing belt going crazy and the car buzzing at a stop light or in Park we are currently thinking about thinking of getting a new car, only because the car is really exspensive to repair. (because its and import) The gas millage could be better in town we average 20.3 miles per gallon which is okay for a turbo but could be better. As you can see we dont get the over 400 miles in city driving we get 374 which is okay with an 18 gallon tank. this car is really nice but best left for a couple or a family with an infant. OVERALL this car is very nice and its a volvo so its really safe.
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