We have owned this car for 6 years and it has done 110,000 miles. Its the longest we have ever had a car and I was going to change it for a new one last month.
Then I thought what is the point? It is as good as the day we got it. Its never had any problems, no rattles, squeaks or rust and no visible sign of wear inside or out. Its lasted much better than my beloved BMW 328 Coupe I left for it.
I had thought I would shoot myself before ever getting a Volvo but kids and practicality took over so I resigned myself to a life of misery driving a barge but no! It was and still is surprisingly pleasant to drive. It is smooth, powerful and comfortable. Happy trundling in town and great on the motorway. If you want to push on you can keep up with most things on a twisty road.
From the practical point of view it has allowed our family much pleasure with numerous cycling and camping trips culminating in a 2000 mile round trip to Austria last year (800 miles in one day with no backache!)
Good points: As above plus safety Solid as a rock, incredible build quality
Bad Points: 27 MPG Servicing costs (Eeek!) Eats tyres Turning circle (good at 6 point turns now)
In our stable are an SL55, CLK 320 and a toy a 415bhp Turbo Supra.The V70 knocks them all into the shade , I bought our 06 plate car from Sturgess Leicester with 60,000 miles. It has been faultless hitting a 1000 miles a week, the longest journey being made in comfort, performance fantastic ( even for a petrol car -which it isn't).Customer service from Sturgess is second to none. Yes, turning circle is not the smallest, but hey, if you need a car to go to Sainsburys , whip around the shops - buy a Micra.If you want to eat the miles, in comfort, effortlessly and economically the V70 D5 is the ONLY car to have.
My previous car was a Volvo 740 which I drove to 150k miles and enjoyed enourmously. Both cars have been extremely comfortable. My 2001 V70 2.4 petrol, which I am soon to let go, is now at 105,000 and will probably go on happily for the same again. It is a spacious load carrier and and a mostly comfortable ride though the steering is as numb as most other users have reported. I find it quite bumpy on much-dug-up urban streets, but great on the motorway. So far I have only had one back shock absorber failure and replacement bushes in the front suspension. The fuel control module (what used to be called a carburettor?)keeps getting carboned up and causing the engine to cough and splutter when cold. Servicing and repair costs are HORRENDOUS ! The exhaust system lasted for 7 years but was recently replaced at a cost of over £900. I seldom come away from the dealer without spending at least £500. That is the one reason why I would change to another make. Apart from the indifferent steering it is a very comfortable ride (on a reasonable surface) and a great load carrier. It has lots of useful cabin facilities and a great audio system. If I could find an economical independent specialist repairer for the future I would buy another V70, or even keep the one I've got !
I have driven Volvo Estates for a number of years as my only family vehicle. First a 2.3 240 estate, then a 2.3 740 estate, then the newer shape V70 2.4(170)petrol auto. I kept this car five years and could not think of a better family estate, until fuel prices started to rocket! I then bought a brand new 2005 V70 2.4(163)D S Geartonic estate. A beautiful car which I drove to Spain during the eighteen months that I owned it. With the leather option it was comfortable, the car was economical 42-45MPG, fully loaded cruising at 80MPH. It would carry everything that you could throw in it or on it! The car eat up the miles on the French toll roads, four hours at a time without touching the brakes or the accelerator! We have three dogs and the integrated dog guard gave us the feeling of security in the event of a shunt. Who wants 30 kgs of labrador coming through the front windscreen?? As the cost of fuel, road tax and servicing escalated I decided to downsize and 'back traded' my beloved V70 for a brand new Ford Fusion 1.6 TDCi. An excellent small car that offered estat car versatility with cheap running costs. I wrote a review about it in the What Car Ford Fusion reader reviews. However, I am returning to a V70, a 2007 2.4(185)D5 SE Geartonic. The Fusion is an excellent car, but I miss my Volvo too much. They just have that safe secure feeling and will do anything you ask of them without complaint.
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