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Volvo S70



  • I am approaching 30000 miles and will need the first service since I bought the car. I suspect my brakes will be due. I suppose that they will do other routine service ( I have been changing oil/filter, monitoring fluids etc). My door panel covering is seperating at the armrest, the cup holder is broke in the armrest, and my trunk remote release is not consistant. Will they cover the door panels? What can I expect this service to cost me, about? Any suggestions?
  • jrosasmcjrosasmc Posts: 1,704
    How reliable are the automatic transmissions (any type) in the 850/S70 series? Will they last a very long time before needing replacements or rebuilds? I have an original '93 850 and the tranny is still very smooth and solid; nothing is wrong with it.
  • dparesdpares Posts: 29
    Does anyone know how the lemon law works...especially in NY?.. Thanks for any info,

  • I have a '97 850 and a 2000 S70, both with auto. The 850 has 70,000+ miles on it and the transmission is fine. I change the fluid about every 20,000 miles. The S70 transmission is fine too, so far, but the car still has less than 20,000 miles on it. For what it's worth, we used to have a '95 Cavalier (don't laugh) that we bought used with 23,000 miles on it and drove until it had 167,000 miles on the odometer. No problems with the auto transmission there either ...
  • lflowerslflowers Posts: 155
    I'm a regular poster on the Chrysler 300M forum here at Town Hall. I have a friend who has a 1999 volvo S70. He needs to purchase new tires soon and has been having a problem finding tire choices other than the original equipment Michelins for his car. The stock tire size on his car is 195/60R15 and that is evidently an unusual size. He has been relatively happy with the original equipment tires but would like some other choices and/or recommendations from other Volvo owners. Any ideas or suggestions?
    Lynn Flowers
    McKinney, Texas
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    195/60R15s are not unusual size tires. There are many choices out there. Tell your friend to log on to That website can tell you all sorts of good info about different tire brands and they have the best prices around. He can stick with Michelin or go with Goodyear, Bridgestone, Pirelli, Dunlop, Yokohama, etc. I personally favor Dunlop, though Bridgestone, Pirelli, and Yokohama are good tires too. I find Michelins to be very overpriced and overrated. There are as good or better tires out there for less money.
  • esp63esp63 Posts: 27
    I just replaced the OEM tires(30k, shame on you Volvo!) on my '99 so that I can turn it in when the lease ends. I found 2 choices at BJ's wholesale club. BF Goodrich Touring TA's were around $68 each installed. Michelin MXV(?) 4's were around $113 each installed. The aspect ratio of 60 (195/60/15) is a little harder to find and a little more expensive(supply and demand...). I went with the BFG's but only because they were less expensive and I won't get much use out of them before turning the car in. They are noisier and more squirmy than the Michelins. I have Michelin X-one's on my van and they are quiet and wear very well. TireRack is a good source for tires and the consumer ratings/comments can be very helpful when it comes to making a selection.

    BTW, I just leased an s60 2.4t and it's even better than the s70. The interior space is only slightly tighter, the ride and handling is far superior, the seats are superb.
  • burnsmr4burnsmr4 Posts: 318

    I'm a first-timer in this discussion. I have questions about a 1998 Volvo S70 with the normally aspirated 2.4L engine. It's an automatic with 68K miles. If you can help out, I'd appreciate it.
    • Question 1: "Volvo" approved coolant
      According to the user manual, the car requires "Volvo" approved coolant, as opposed to plain ol' Prestone or another brand. I was told by a dealership that the "Volvo" coolant had different levels of silicone in the formula for better compatibility with the engine. Can anyone verify this or tell me which name brand coolant I can use in lieu of the "Volvo" approved stuff?

    • Question 2: Headlight wipers
      Why don't the headlight wipers work? I though they were supposed to activate when you pull the wiper stalk on the steering wheel forward to wash the windshield. I checked, and the headlight wipers don't budge. I don't think they've ever worked.
    Again, I'd appreciate any help you can give me with these questions.

  • javadocjavadoc Posts: 1,167
    Well, I don't know about the Volvo "approved" coolant, but I had mine flushed at my independent Volvo wrench in the fall and he just used Prestone. I suspect if you're under warranty, it'd be prudent to use whatever Volvo approves.

    For your question about the headlight washers... you are correct that they should operate when you use the windshield washer squirters. The motors sometimes go out on the wipers and need to be replaced. I replaced the passenger side one on my 854 T5 last summer, for a cost of $115 and it took about an hour. It wasn't very hard and I imagine it's very similar in the S70 cars. Have you checked the fuses? If they're good, then I'd suspect the motors. When mine went out, it made some noise. I could activate the washers, and with the car running, walk up to the headlight and hear the wiper motor wirring away, trying to go. The gears strip, it seems.

    Hope this helps.

  • aranaran Posts: 1
    hi Volvo owners,
    we are looking into buying a S70 but am not sure after reading a variety of complaints from few site message boards - would like to hear from you all if there is another model in the 2001 that is better than s70..

    thank you,

  • amazonamazon Posts: 293
    I have had great lock with my MY 2000 S70. I don't regret getting one.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,897
    I absolutely LOVE my '98 S70 T5. Don't know of a better vehicle (for my needs and taste) that I could have gotten for my money.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • godeacsgodeacs Posts: 481
    CR list the 98/99 S70s as used cars to avoid....
  • ajuliusajulius Posts: 10
    Hello. I am looking into purchasing a 99 Volvo S70 AWD. I was looking online and saw a 99 S70AWD Certified with 56k miles for $19,995. Edmunds has tradein at around 18000. Is the market so soft that I might be able to do somewhat better than tradein price, maybe $17000 or so or would the tradein price of $18000 be about the best I could hope for?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,897
    Trade-in is $18K, I highly doubt you'd get it for even that. Certified adds about $1K to the price and there is no way a dealer is going to pay $18K for a car, clean it, certify it, and have it on their lot just to give it over to someone at a loss.
    Best bet is to go over to the Real World Trade-in board and ask Bill and Terry for their thoughts on the vehicle and what you should be able to get it for.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • Hi! I usually hang out in the Audi A6 room but my wife is "thinking" about a trading her Subaru in for a pre-owned Volvo, and I need some serious advice.

    She wants something "boxy" and always points out older 850s when we are driving. She seems less impressed with the more aerodynamic S70s, even though they are safer, imho.

    My question is this: Assuming that she can live with either model, should I go for a '97 850 and save some cash, or buy a '98-'99 S70?

    And if you were timewarped back to the dealer, would you buy the S/V70 model or would you "cheap out" and buy a used 850? (I found a '97 T-5 wagon for $12k and it's sharp!)
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,897
    I think maybe my posts thus far have indicated my answer on this. I would buy the exact same S70. The reason I initially picked it is because the specs for my '98 T5 are better than the 850. I was looking for performance, and I found it!

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • Hi gooddesign. We have a '97 850 and a '00 S70. We like them both. We got the 850 at the beginning of 1998 with about 12,500 miles on it. It was previously in a rental fleet. It now has 75,000+ miles and runs like a champ. I've experienced few problems with it. It is not a turbo, so it doesn't have the pickup that a T-5 wagon would have. But it's a very solid vehicle. The S70, which I also bought used last May with about 12,200 miles on it (rental fleet car again) now has about 20,000 miles on the odometer. It's a "special edition" GLT with light turbo and about every bell and whistle I could ask for. It's very peppy, fun to drive, and it gets better gas mileage than the 850 -- 30+ mpg highway. I've seen a lot of complaints about the '98-99 S70s, but I haven't experienced much in the way of problems, with the following exceptions, which have all been fixed under warranty:

    -- failing steering column ring antenna (which receives the signal from the encrypted ignition key)
    -- faulty emergency flasher/turn-signal switch
    -- failed SRS (airbag) sensor
    -- failed electric-window switch
    -- loose radio antenna connection

    Coincidentally or not, all these problems have been electronics-related. Mechanically, the car has been great. I hope this helps.
  • Thanks for all the advice. While I'm not necessarily looking for performance, I am looking for reliability.

    Delreybird, your problems seem minor but they are many. My sense is that if I bought a '97 850, these bugs would be worked out already (?)

    I'm still not sold on quality, but my '98 Audi has had just as many problems, so I can't complain too loudly.

    The 850 I was going to look at this weekend was a no-show and we ended up driving a '98 BMW 528i ($22,900 - more than I want to spend) which was very nice, solid, quiet but, of all things, had broken cup holders. Interesting.

    We will continue to shop and I will keep the board posted if any solid (and cheap) Volvos move into the picture.
  • The "check engine" light comes on and indicates that the air pump and check valve need to be replaced. This is a $600 job. Since it effects the emission control only, does it need to be replaced? Apparently, this is a common fault and can be a regular thing. I would not replace it except my milage has gone from 26 mpg to 20 mpg. Can the failed air pump cause this?
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