Best and final year for "P2" XC70
July 21, 2018
My 07 XC70 now has over 180k miles and still looks like new, including the interior. About a year ago I started looking around for a replacement after a few minor maintenance issues but, after 6 months of searching, decided to refurbish and keep driving this one. New strut assy, control arms and ball joints + other steering bits, rear shocks, front CV axles, plugs and coil packs will get you new car ride for around $4-$5k (half again that at the dealer).
The next generation, 2008-2015, XC70 had significant problems with the V6 motor that Ford forced them to OEM. After GEELY bought them and provided financing, Volvo developed a sweet 2.0 light boost 4 cyl that made Ward's 10 best engines list. Since Volvo no longer makes wagons, The 2015.5 or 2016 XC70 will likely be my next car - in a couple of years, when used prices get down to my mid teens target.