2001 Volvo V70 Consumer Reviews

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2001 Volvo V 70
4.3
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Solid, distinguished, practical, and reliable

by from Sacramento, CA on July 4, 2010

I previously owned a 2000 Volvo S80 T6, which although not the most reliable of vehicles, demonstrated amazing performance engineering and the legendary Volvo safety. It literally saved my skin on sev...
I previously owned a 2000 Volvo S80 T6, which although not the most reliable of vehicles, demonstrated amazing performance engineering and the legendary Volvo safety. It literally saved my skin on several occassions. The S80's final coup de grace after a freeway accident led me to buy another Volvo, but a V70 XC station wagon to accommodate my changing lifestyle and needs. I bought a used 2001 with about 89,000 miles. Other than inheriting a bit of deferred maintenance, I must say that this has been a very reliable and comfortable car. Volvo makes the most comfortable seats I've found, especially for long-distance driving. Its capacity to haul both people and materials long distances is amazing. The turbo provides great pickup. The all-wheel drive is sure footed, its braking system is good and responsive with its steering. I would not hesitate to recommend this vehicle to anyone.
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My favorite

by from Middlebury, VT on February 7, 2009

I bought a 2001 XC first because it was the only comfortable seat I found for my bad back. After 85,000 miles, I have learned that it is the most comfortable car I have owned, but also extremely relia...
I bought a 2001 XC first because it was the only comfortable seat I found for my bad back. After 85,000 miles, I have learned that it is the most comfortable car I have owned, but also extremely reliable, durable, well designed for many uses and tough. All at a reasonable price with good gas mileage for a car in it's class. I'm hoping Volvo will develop their new XC's with even better mileage as we all know the price of gas will continue to rise and when I'm ready for a new car I will want it to be another XC.
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Scandinavian comfort and practicality on wheels

by from Wilmington,DE on August 5, 2010

Bought a used 01 V70 T5 with 90 K and in 6 months, already hit 100 K , and man, I am so glad to have another volvo wagon after a couple years apart from the old faithful 740 ! And talk about luxury !!...
Bought a used 01 V70 T5 with 90 K and in 6 months, already hit 100 K , and man, I am so glad to have another volvo wagon after a couple years apart from the old faithful 740 ! And talk about luxury !!! This car has all the luxury and tons of safety features from all the airbags you can think of to the Dynamic Stability COntrol. I love it. On top of that, being on my feet at work for a good 8 hours shift, I am actually looking forward to drive the volvo and sit in that wide snugg orthopaedically design seat ! Totally relaxing and comfortable. The performance is unbelievable. Yes there s a turbo lag, but once it hits 2500 RPM, watch out for a police patrol cause you easily reach 85+ MPH in no time.It is so nice to have the TURBO and leave that moron who tailgating my car in the dust ! EAT MY VOLVO DUST ! :) It is expensive to maintain BUT it is a VOLVO. All is premium but it has always been like this since i owned the other volvos a while back. Find yourself a good VOLVO Specialist and stay away from the dealer. Maintain the car w/ synthetic oil and the car will serve you well. Oh I also get 26 MPG average on a premium gasoline. The infamous ETM problem can be fixed permanently for around $500.00 so don't that deter u from buying this car.
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250k Miles and still running

by from Colchester, CT on December 9, 2011

I purchased my 2001 V70 from a dealer with 20k miles on it; 10 years later it has 250k miles. I have a snow tire/rim package and with just the the front wheel drive it is unstoppable in the winter. It...
I purchased my 2001 V70 from a dealer with 20k miles on it; 10 years later it has 250k miles. I have a snow tire/rim package and with just the the front wheel drive it is unstoppable in the winter. It goes well and is stable at all speeds. Repairs are pricey and a local import mechanic is a MUST for any Volvo owner(30% + less than the dealer). More usable space than a SUV, better handling and even with 250K on it, I still can average 23-24 MPG; 27 MPG if it's all highway.
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Let me tell you about my 2001 Volvo V70 T5...

by from San Diego, CA on September 24, 2011

Right off: When buying an older Volvo (older than 5 years), you need to go in knowing that you'll probably be sinking a bit of money into the vehicle. Within the first month of owning mine (I've had i...
Right off: When buying an older Volvo (older than 5 years), you need to go in knowing that you'll probably be sinking a bit of money into the vehicle. Within the first month of owning mine (I've had it for six months now) I had to replace the rear liftgate struts (2x $20, did it myself), had to have the oil pump replaced ($800, had the mech replace it), and just last week replaced the tires ($800, Eagle GTs work great!). I know in the pipe I need to replace suspension parts ($1600 - Yikes!). Also, especially with the '01 and '02 V70s you need to watch your transmission and make sure you don't start slipping. That'll be about $2000 to repair/replace. But honestly, for what I paid, I got a good deal, even with the ongoing maintenance. If you treat it well, it'll love you in return multiple times. She's spunky and I've spanked more than my share of rice rockets at stoplights with it. :) At purchase: 112,000 miles. Little bumps and scrapes on the bumper covers, clearcoat fade on the driver's side. $5200. Currently: 118,000 miles.
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Runs great when works

by from MN on December 30, 2008

I can see the potential in this car, and maybe I got a bad one, but my first venture into the world of Volvo has been mixed. In the 2 years I have owned this car I have replaced the turbo $2K, ENGINE...
I can see the potential in this car, and maybe I got a bad one, but my first venture into the world of Volvo has been mixed. In the 2 years I have owned this car I have replaced the turbo $2K, ENGINE, $5K, O2 Sensor $750, the blower relay went out (winter time) and now I think the suspension is going out -- transmission slipping too... All expensive to replace. Yes it is a 2001, so who knows. It is an old car at this point (2007 when I bought it) Still, you have to be kidding. Besides that, I love the stereo, interior, (the exterior could be cooler), and other features of the car. When it works, you can get it to fly down the road at insane speeds while carrying 4 people and gear for a week long camping trip. But seriously... I've nearly spent more in upkeep than I did buying the thing so far, and I only put on about 8K a year in miles, so that is not an issue. As fun as it is to drive, reliability is a huge factor for me. Only gets 3-stars because mine might be a bad seed. Still, I barely give it 3-stars.
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Does not recommend this car

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my V70 T5

by from north hollywood, Ca on February 9, 2011

I've had my Volvo V70 T5 for about 3 months now and so far there's really not much I dislike about the car, about the only thing I can think of on the negative side is the mileage it gets. I'm getting...
I've had my Volvo V70 T5 for about 3 months now and so far there's really not much I dislike about the car, about the only thing I can think of on the negative side is the mileage it gets. I'm getting around 18-20 miles per gallon around the city which isn't bad but thought it would be better. Otherwise I love the car, very sporty look and style and performance. It's probably the most comfortable car I have ever owned the seats are well taken care of leather quite cozy on a long drive. Everything in cockpit was well thought out and is in easy reach of the driver, there are even controls for the stereo on the steering wheel as well as the cruise control instruments. The stock sound system is very nice dolby prologic 4 disk changer. It has a nice moonroof that has nicely placed switch for operation. The car is beast as well the turbo kicks in at around 2500 rpm and it is really powerful. It also has the triptronic transmission which gives a nice sports car feel and helps with conservation of fuel. The only thing that gets me nervous about the car is cost of repair, since it's more of a sports car I bought an extended warranty to help defray the costs of repairs, which thankfully I haven't had to use yet.
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V70-T5 2011 Terrific car bought used

by from Boston, MA on January 6, 2011

Bought this station in 2004 with 32,000. The first few thousand miles have to invest in maintenance; took care of all the usual problems these cars have and folk complain. After that, now is the V70 h...
Bought this station in 2004 with 32,000. The first few thousand miles have to invest in maintenance; took care of all the usual problems these cars have and folk complain. After that, now is the V70 has been a pleasure to drive, my family loves it. We are Toyota owners too, much more reliable, but comfort, speed, space, etc. etc. is so much better. The heating and AC in the Northeast not comparable to other cars, it's great. The seats, well, the best ever. For long travel it is really fast and very comfortable. With the snow, the snow tires make all the difference, no need for a more expensive cross-country. After all these years, besides the usual exterior scratches, the car looks excellent. Just changed for the first time the battery. Now I am moving abroad and have to sell it, it is too expensive to register and go through the bureaucracy in another country.
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It Could Be Better

by from Picayune, MS on February 18, 2010

I love my Volvo, but I thought it would be more reliable than it is. My poor neglected, abused Honda Accord takes the reliability trophy. The Volvo wagon is less "hearty" than it should be - kinda lik...
I love my Volvo, but I thought it would be more reliable than it is. My poor neglected, abused Honda Accord takes the reliability trophy. The Volvo wagon is less "hearty" than it should be - kinda like the high-strung, registered Weimaraner, compared to the overlooked old Labrador. I've discovered several recall notices and necessary software upgrades that must be performed, which make me hesitant to drive it. And the repairs are pricey, of course. The main problem I've had is a transmission "hesitation" or lurch under certain conditions. No one seems to be able to diagnose it to date.
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Amazing Car

by from Bowie MD on February 22, 2009

I love my Volvo! Best car i have ever owned. 130k miles and still running like new, the interior is very comfortable, and roomy.
I love my Volvo! Best car i have ever owned. 130k miles and still running like new, the interior is very comfortable, and roomy.
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