Used Volvo V70 Estate 1996 - 2000 reliability

Category: Estate car

The original Volvo V70 is a decent-driving, but firm-riding estate.

Volvo V70 Estate (96 - 00)
  • Volvo V70 Estate (96 - 00)
  • Volvo V70 Estate (96 - 00)
Used Volvo V70 Estate 1996 - 2000 review
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Steve Huntingford
Published01 January 2006

What should I look for in a used Volvo V70 estate?

Worn suspension can be a problem with high-mileage Volvo V70s. Unless you know what you are looking for, have someone check the car out for you, especially if you intend to carry a lot of cargo or tow.

The performance versions and the diesel can be very hard on their brake pads, so ask for proof of when they were last changed before handing over any cash. Hard-worked, high-mileage T5s and Rs are best avoided as engine and turbo problems may be only a few miles down the road. The 2.5 turbodiesel can cause expense, too, and new timing belts are needed soon after 55,000 miles.

There have also been reports of faults with air-conditioning units and electrical components, and recalls to deal with possible headlamp failure and the risk of the passenger airbag going off unexpectedly.

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