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Volvo V70 / XC70



  • newsuenewsue Posts: 3
    I just bought an XC 70 yesterday and I'm so excited! But I need to hear from Volvo owners about any extended warranties you think are must haves: we were offered an extension of the bumper to bumper for another three years, Zilon that protects paint, leather, and floor mats, and a warranty for tires and rims. Any advice?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    I haven't heard of Zilon, but the mop and glow packages are usually wax and something like Scotchgard for the fabrics. They are a big profit center for the dealer and usually it's cheaper to do it yourself.

    While waiting for responses, check out the Extended Warranties discussion.

    And congrats on the new ride!

    Steve, Host
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Stay away from the mop and glo warranties. They are near useless.
    VIP is a very good extended service contract.

    Tire and rim coverage is most useful if you have low profile tires.
    Replacement tires for any volvo can be quite expensive.
  • pimlicopimlico Posts: 2
    Which dealer are you working with? I am in Portland but that is a much better price than I am getting and it would be worth going to Seattle for a big savings.
  • newsuenewsue Posts: 3
    Thanks for the advice, everyone. Sorry for my ignorance, but do I have low profile tires on the new xc 70? I'm not sure what that means.
  • lancerfixerlancerfixer Posts: 1,308
    Low profile tires are tires without a lot of sidewall between the edge of the rim and the most sports cars (or Volvo's R models.) An XC70 would not fit in this category.
  • I suppose I'm a little late in adding my two cents. I have a '99 V70XC that's had a ton of problems (see my previous posts) and a 2004 Sienna XLE that's performed nearly flawlessly (as I expected). We find the XC to be pretty tight for longer trips but we compensated by adding a cargo box which works well -- we have a 5 yr old and a 3 yr old. We have the 3rd row seat but have only used it two or three times since it eliminates all cargo space -- my kids do love it. The Sienna is so comfortable and roomy and handles well enough except in rainy weather were the XC is far superior. The Volvo AWD system performs very well although I don't really have anything to compare it to since I've never owned or driven any other AWD/4WD vehicle. The AWD feels heavy and a little sluggish compared to the standard FWD V70 -- we were between the two when we were looking. If I could only have one of these two vehicles I would chose the Sienna for it's higher reliability, roominess, and gas mileage -- yes, the Sienna gets much better mileage than the XC. I would guess a FWD V70 would get better mileage than our AWD model. But, if your priority is 'fun to drive' then the V70 would be a better choice. By the way, when we bought the XC in 1999 just before our first daughter was born the XC was a compromise -- she wanted a Jetta or Passat and I wanted a minivan (Odyssey). In 2003 she decided she needed a minivan and now she loves it. She was the type that swore she would never drive a minivan -- her previous car was a Miata -- how things change!
  • rtkyrtky Posts: 2
    Hi Gang,

    Tell me what you think please.

    '05 2.5t V70
    Silver Metallic

    $30335 + TTL of 1877

    Will be making a decision in the next two days.

    Thanks in advance
  • I have been looking for a used v70 wagon and it seems like there are alot out there with low mileage. Are these being unloaded by unhappy owners? I'm wondering if I should reconsider?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    What model years?
    If it is an 04 or 05 chances are it was in rental service.
  • edsimsedsims Posts: 1
    I'm looking to buy either a 2002 XC 70 or 2003 XC 70. There aren't many 2003's on the used car market. Does anyone know why ?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Basically, its too soon for them.
    Most used Volvo's are lease returns.
    2001 and 2002 are coming back now.
    If someone bought an XC70 as opposed to leasing it they bought it to keep it.
  • My wife and I are considering a 2004 v70 xc with 12,500 miles on it for $26,500.
    We really like the car, but know nothing about volvos. I drive an Acura and she drove a Pontiac Vibe until it was totaled last week. Is the volvo a good car? Is the up keep really expensive? I have heard mixed reviews on this site and I am a little concerned. Any help you can give us is appreciated. Our other choices are a Honda CRV and a Pontiac Torrent. The volvo is on my friends Chevy lot.
  • jrkontjrkont Posts: 3
    I have a 2004 V70 2.5T (my first Volvo) and have been completely satisfied with it. It has performed flawlessly so far and is easily the best car I've ever owned. Maintenance wise, I guess it's a bit early to judge on costs, but I would advise, before purchasing a Volvo, to be sure there are several dealers or independent Volvo service options in your area to choose from. Labor costs are sky high these days, so it helps if you can shop around for the lowest cost fix when that time comes.
  • Thanks for the response, it makes my decision a little easier. We are probably going to get the car. There is a volvo dealer down the street, but he wants about $4000 more for the same car with 6000 more miles. However, the car at the volvo dealer is certified. I guess that probably makes a big difference?
  • We just bought a 2004 XC70 a month ago and are very pleased with it. Our local Volvo dealer offers free car washes, but their car wash does not have a great underbody flush. Living in Minnesota, I'm a little worried about this causing the car to rust prematurely.

    I believe the car has an eight year no rust warranty, but I certainly don't want to expedite the rusting process by not washing it well. Any comments on the need to have a good underbody flush?
  • We bought our Volvo Saturday. So far it seems like a great car. Smooth ride, great power, and nice brakes. We are considering the extended warranty. Has anyone else purchased this? Is it worth it? Thanks for the replies thus far.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    If it is the Volvo VIP warranty it is a good one.
    If you are going to keep the car well past the factory warranty period you should consider getting the VIP.
  • fmartifmarti Posts: 2
    I'm considering a XC70. My local dealer claims 28 mpg on the road (I live in a rural area, rarely in town) at highway speeds. Is he accurate?
    Thanks, Barbarossa
  • atouchatouch Posts: 1
    We have an older XC70. It will get 24 mpg on a trip consisting of principally freeway driving. But because of the AWD drive feature, it is tough to get more than about 17 around town.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    28 is pushing it a bit. 26 is probably more realistic.
  • I have only had mine for a few weeks, but the Consumer Reports 2005 claims overall mileage at 18, city/highway at 12/26, and 150 mile road trip at 22. I would have to agree with these numbers so far. The car is CR recommended for 2005. I have a simple question, I know the owners manual calls for premium fuel, but at $45 a fill up this is a little steep. Is anyone using mid grade, does this cause problems?
  • The owner's manual says 87 minimum. My brother's been driving his V70 (non turbo) for 120k on 87, using premium on highway trips, with no problems at all.

    I plan to do the same when we get ours this Spring.

    Hope this helps.

  • Pat,

    Thanks for the tip. With gas prices as high as they are it will certainly help.
  • Our XC70 has a little over 1000 miles on it - I did take it in for the recommended 1000 mile oil change. We have been treating it a gently - not exceeding 60mph, no sudden acceleration etc. But the manual does not indicate that any of this is required. Now we're faced with an 8 hour drive to upstate NY. Can someone shed some light - is a break in period necesary? Can I subject the car to a 8 hour drive when it has about 1100 miles on it?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Who told you it needed an oil change @ 1000 miles?
    First one is @ 7500 miles.
    You can run it over 100 mph if you want to.
    The only request for the first 1000 miles is to keep the engine out of redline.
    After a long drive you should let the engine idle for 2 minutes before shutting it down.
  • Thank you volvomax!! That puts us at ease. Why was the oil changed @ 1000 miles? Well the dealer told us to bring it in for a "check up" when I had clocked the first 1000 miles. When I took it in the oil was changed.....
  • my 1998 V70 AWD started to leak oil from the oil filler cap. I bought a new cap but oil is still leaking on top of the spark plug cover. Is this something with this model or are there any oil leak issues from the oil filler cap or around that area.
    Thank you.
  • jim314jim314 Posts: 491
    This is definitely something to take care of immediately. My thought is blockage of the PCV line.

    In the 1996 850 I was told that the "flame arrestor" (in the outgoing line from the crankcase to the throttle body as I recall) was prone to plugging and that this would resulting in pressurizing of the cankcase which could lead to failure of main oil seals ($$ repair). I changed the flame arrestor at 40 kmi(a perforated plastic disc) which was simple and inexpensive.

    Mine was oil soaked but not plugged. Volvo later changed to a different design which did not have this problem. The white plastic disc (about 2 cm dia and 1 cm thick) is in a little black case which comes apart by pressing the two halves together and twisting the two halves CCW with respect to each other.
  • graffitograffito Posts: 6
    Is there a way to install the Volvo auto-dimming rear view mirror, or an aftermarket one in a 2005 V70?
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