Very Practical Car for a Family
January 21, 2018
Awesome Vehicle. Been driving this for 14 years now (150,000+ miles) and simply can't outgrow this vehicle. Car still looks and feels like a new car and I will keep this vehicle as long as I can and when the time comes to buy a new one, I will probably be looking for the next available wagon from Volvo to replace this. Unfortunately Volvo don't make the V70 anymore and have changed the Wagon design in the V90s. Comparatively I find the cargo space a lot more useful and practical in the V70. People think the V70 looks boxy and apparently Volvo tried to add curves to improve the styling but unfortunately that compromised the space in the V90s. Personally I find the V70 very elegant in its appearance - perhaps I am used to the looks of the car! :-)
I love this car, it is great for commuting (32 MPG freeway), great family car, rock solid and safe. As a station wagon the cargo space is great, rear seats fold down flat and makes a great camping vehicle where you can spread your sleeping bag and sleep with the rear seats down. A very functional vehicle that allowed me on so many occasions to haul big luggage and big box items without having to rent a pickup. Over the years I can't find a single vehicle that can match this car that drives like a sedan and functions like a small pickup truck when needed. And apart from minor irritants listed below the car is rock solid and built like a tank. If you don't watch your speedometer you could be speeding at 100M and not know it.
The only negatives I see in the car are as follows:-
- The headlights / parking lamps keep failing and need replacement every other year. Life of a bulb appears to be 1-2 years. Compared to my other car, the 2004 Lexus ES330, I seem to need at least one bulb replacement (Front headlights or tail light) every year. I don't recall changing a bulb in my lexus for more than 4 years and the volvo V70 needs a bulb replaced every year.
- The center console, Glove box appear to be made of some hard plastic that keep rattling and squeaking at times while driving. Just resting your arm on the center console makes it creak & squeak. This problem started even when the car was barely 5 years old and can be very irritating and annoying. Over the years, service personnel & I have tried to minimize and fix this where possible with felt and other material between plastic contacts that rub against each other.
Today, 14 years later, car interior still looks new, beautiful, clean and solid but the creaks continue.
- The 5 Cylinder Engine tends to vibrate sometimes - At times car drives very smooth but occasionally the car tends to vibrate. Nothing serious but quite noticeable at times.
Apart from these irritants, the general features and quality of the car makes you overlook these imperfections that are more of an irritant than a deal breaker. Of all the cars I have driven over the years no car has endeared itself as much as the Volvo V70.
When the time comes to change a car, I look for the next best thing I can afford. But when the time comes to change this Volvo V70, I will be looking at Volvo for the next replacement for my V70. A dream replacement will be an electric V70 that meets the cutting edge technology of modern electric cars but provides all the function and utility of my present V70.