What should I look for in a used Volvo V70 estate?
Volvo has issued eight recalls for the V70 since the car's launch in 2007. It is important to ensure any potential problems have been sorted, because a number of issues concern faults with safety equipment - in particular the seat belts and side-impact protection system. Cars have also been recalled because of faulty heater element valves and corroded engine-cooling fans - both of which can result in a fire.
Turbochargers have also been known to fail. Blue smoke from the exhaust pipe on start-up and a shortage of engine power are signs that you should walk away, because it can cost more than £1000 to fix.
The indicator stalk on the V70 has a button marked 'Read'. Pressing and holding it will display any faults that the car's on board computer is aware of. A readout of '0 messages' is good news, although it's not a substitute for a thorough inspection.