Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Volvo V70 estate?
Inside, the Volvo V70 tends to hang on to its solid build quality long after it has left the factory, so you don't need to worry too much about interior trim working loose.
The list of recalls is too long to reproduce here, but includes the risk of the detachable tow bar working loose and the electric cooling fan overheating. As ever, check the necessary work has been done before you buy any car.
Like the Volvo S80 saloon, the V70 can also suffer from front suspension problems. Exhaust heat shields have been known to work themselves loose and diesel engines can have problems with the fuel injection system. If the engine is reluctant to start, or produces lots of black smoke when it does start, look elsewhere.