In the spring of 1997, Volvo S70 was launched as a premium midsize sedan. It was the one of the two models released (the other one is V70 station wagon) by Volvo after they pulled out the 850 from the production line. The S70 is basically an 850 with some improvements. It has a new styling and better suspensions. At first, the S70 is offered in Base, GLT, and sporty T5 versions, all front wheel drive, and in V70 R and XC (Cross Country) wagon form with all-wheel drive. An AWD GLT sedan joined the lineup in 1999. The engine is capable of producing 236 to 247 horsepower in an R wagon. Features include electronic brake modulation to help optimize performance in normal stops, traction-control system with throttle and brakes intervention, starter interlock for manual transmission and "adaptive" shift logic for automatic, and an engine immobilizer. An intelligent dashboard airbag that deploys and matches the road speed and belt use is included. All these are new or became standard in the S70.
The base model was powered by a 2.4-liter dual-overhead-cam 5-cylinder engine with 168 horsepower. The GLT had the same engine in a turbocharged version capable of producing 190 horsepower. T5 and R used a 2.3-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder. Only Base and T5 models were available with either 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission; the rest were automatic.
The 2000 model year of the S70, the base AWD and T5 versions were dropped. The R AWD engine was improved to 261 horsepower in the same year. Safety features were also improved with the addition of the Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) seat technology to provide protection in the front seat in a rear impact. Volvo also adds Stability and Traction Control (STC) and RACS traction control technology with Dynamic Stability Control.
With these improvements, the Volvo S70 performs well both in fast and normal speeds. The ride is stable and the comfort is top notch depending on models. Is has a good acceleration for turbo models though road noise is significantly noticeable. Climate and radio controls are easier to use and other gadgets like power windows and door locks switches are located on the door armrests for better control. The S70's last model year was in 2000 but the model, with a brand name that is known for its durability and power, continue to perform on the road. And after 5 years, the S70 is still a mark of excellence as other Volvo models.
A few days ago, when I was driving my Volvo S70, I heard a roaring noise coming from my A/C as soon as I turn it on. What's happening?
This noise is a common issue in this model, which is due to either a faulty A/C compressor or idler pulley. Bring your car to a professional technician immediately, so he can check if the problem is due to a compressor failure. You can inspect if it's caused by the idler pulley by removing the belt and turning the idler using your hand to check if the bearing has failed. Replacing this part is important to ensure that the A/C will work properly sans the distracting noise.
I've been using my vehicle for city driving, and just recently, I felt that my brakes are shaky. I inspected my brake pads, and they are still in good condition. Why does my brake pedal vibrate every time I step on it?
Brake pad vibration is typically caused by warped rotors. Check if your lug nuts are over-tightened, and loosen it up a bit if needed. If your lug nuts are okay, then your rotors may have been warped due to overuse. The condition of these parts is dependent on how many times they heat up and cool down in a year. This is normal and it goes with age. All you need to do is to buy a replacement for the rotors immediately to keep it from vibrating again.
I'm worried because the taillights of my vehicle won't work. Do I have to replace the entire thing or is there a quick fix to have them back on?
Busted taillights are usually linked to corroded or dirty electrical wires. What you can do is to clean the contacts in the bulb holders and all the bulbs using a cloth. Check if the connections are still intact. If there are any signs of corrosion, remove them immediately. Replace any corroded wiring with new parts. Check also if the bulbs are not broken or busted. Take time to replace them regularly to prevent this from happening again.
My vehicle has been eating up quite a huge amount of gasoline these days compared before. What's wrong?
When this happens to your vehicle, it is important to figure out the cause of the problem right away. Inspect if you air filters are dirty or clogged. This is usually the cause of high fuel consumption. Replace the air filters immediately. If the filters are clear, then there might be a problem with your emission system: your carburetor or fuel injection system might not be working properly. Have it checked by a specialist so it can be fixed right away.
Another cause of bad fuel economy would be poor wheel alignment. If the tires of your vehicle are toed in as an effect of driving through pot holes on the road, it might cause the engine to work twice than it used to. This results to slower acceleration, which usually eats up your gas.
Volvo S70: The Successor of a Swedish Tradition
Swedish carmaker Volvo continued the success of the Volvo 850 with the introduction of the Volvo S70 in Europe in 1996. The foreign sedan arrived on the shores of Unites States in 1998 and lasted for two years until its final production in 2000. Although the S70 had a shorter lifespan compared to its predecessor, it was the continuation of Volvo’s T5 exploration, and it had some significant innovations during its four-year existence.
1996 – 1997: The continuation of the T5 engine
From its compact and executive-styled predecessor, the Volvo S70 was reshaped into a mid-size luxury car with a new headlight and hood design. Its new interior also has dual airbags in front and on the sides. Primarily, the S70 had three trim levels: the Base, GLT, and GLT SE. The Base SE and S70-R trim levels were included later on, but the latter was only released for the European market.
Volvo continued its T5 engine exploration with the S70. The company first used a 2.4-liter double-overhead camshaft, straight-five engine on the Base model. The model was able to produce a maximum output of 168 horsepower. To top that hp output, the GLT model was released, and it had a turbocharged engine that had a 190-horsepower output. The T5 exceeded both models and produced a maximum output of 240 horsepower.
1998 – 1999: The addition of vehicle optimization features
From Europe, the Volvo S70 was introduced to the US market in 1998. The focus now for the Swedish carmaker is vehicle optimization. The new electronic brake modulation is an additional feature, along with brake intervention, and the optional traction control system for the throttle. The TRACS traction control system was offered in the US S70 models in 1999 and 2000. The Volvo S70 GL and GLT were among the first cars to have side airbags in the United States, and the side airbags have became an option for Volvo models to date.
2000: Engine modifications for better HP
In the final year of the Volvo S70, the Swedish car company released the S70-R in Europe. The S70-R’s engine offered higher performance from its predecessors. It was modified to gain a 250-horsepower rating for models with five-speed manual gearbox and limited slip differential. The S70-R wasn’t released in the United States, although in the same year, an all-wheel drive GLT model was finally produced. The S70 was discontinued in 2000 and was replaced by the Volvo S60.