I bought my V70 2.4S some four years ago when it had about 30k on the clock. I'm now up to £92k, and I can report the usual niggles - throttle control required replacement (though after a debate with the dealer, this was done for £80!), lightbulbs pop with regularity, and servicing IS expensive. However...
The car is the most comfortable I have ever driven. I have just come back from a return trip from Scotland to Sweden (via Calais!) with three dogs, a car packed full with heavy magazines and a huge roofbox.
The car was a joy, performed excellently (even on the autobahn) and even on this extremely long journey - three days driving eight hours a day in each direction - I had absolutely no aches and pains. The car is very quiet at sensible speeds, and handled perfectly.
My tips - go for a petrol - the diesels are noisier; DON'T go for the 17" allows unless you like ruts in the road to throw the car off balance (as written about previously). I've just driven the band new V70 D5 SE with 17" wheels, and my old 15" wheels give a much more comfortable and predictable ride.
Don't expect excitement - the Volvo's not a car for speed. Thirsty sales reps and boy racers who may want to throw their cars around blind bends on country roads won't like it.
The Volvo handles as you would expect for a car of its size and weight (though the higher bhp models are amazingly quick on the motorway.)
Despite the niggles and running costs, I would certainly buy another V70.
I have a 2005 V70 auto (170bhp) with 22,000 miles. The steering and handling are a disaster. If the wheels get into any kind of rut or groove they just cling into them and follows the contours. I think this is called 'tramlining'.
It has gone back to two Volvo dealers who say the V70 does this. The dealer who sold me the car said the handling was due to the alloy wheels and low profile tyres and I would get used to it (my previous car was a BMW 5 Series Tourer). On good roads and motorways the car handles well.
Both my son and my wife have driven the car and agree with me about the handling (my son has a Saab, my wife a Ford - both cars handle better).
I cannot believe that Volvo would engineer a car that drives so poorly and is unsafe. Letters direct to Volvo have been ignored. The general build quality and comfort are superb, but the handling is something else.
The dealers seem to be afraid to admit there is a problem.
The car has been checked five times by Volvo dealers, but the short road test on smooth roads does not show up the problem, and they are reluctant to have more than a 10-minute test drive.
If an accident occurs due to this, then I am responsible, not Volvo.
I would challenge anyone from Volvo to drive the car on poor roads and then say nothing is wrong, but I doubt they will take up the challenge.
I have had a long line of Volvo cars ranging from a 760 Turbo to an S60 and now the V70 D5 SE.
I have to say the V70 is everything Volvo claims it to be - it has great looks, awsome power and is an extremely luxurious car, as well as a great load carrier.
Well done, Volvo.
Two years of sheer hell are at an end! This car was a total letdown from start to finish. If it hadn't been such an expensive experience it would be funny - and I would call the V70 a joke.
Where to start? Engine rough and noisy, very unresponsive, slow and thirsty. Poor starting from day one.
Interior full of creaks and rattles, never had a day when everything worked. Electrics a disaster.
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