Things You Probably Didn't Know about the Volvo V70
- In 2012, there were almost 22,000 newly registered Volvo V70s in Sweden, making the V70 model the most sold car in the country. But that's not the end of the story. Since it has been released in the market, the Volvo V70 has been the most popular car in Sweden and consistently named as the best-selling car, yes, for 17 straight years.
- Meanwhile, the Volvo S60/V60 took the third spot in the list of the best-selling cars in Sweden while the Volvo V40 made it to the 25th spot despite being released in the market in August 2012. Because of the huge sales of the Volvo V70, the Swedish car manufacturer claims 18.9% of the market share on its home turf.
- While the estate car segment continued to suffer in the United States in the late 90s and early 2000s, Volvo Car UK found itself owning 32% of the estate car market share during the first few years that the V70 was released. That was equivalent to 1.5% of the total car market.
- Volvo vehicles are known primarily for safety. The V70 is no exemption. The first and second generation of V70 was awarded 4 out of 5 stars for adult occupant protection by the Euro NCAP. (The tests were made in the 1998 and the 2001 solon variant of the V70, the S60.)
- The third-generation Volvo V70, particularly the 2007 model, was awarded 5 out of 5 stars for adult occupant protection by the Euro NCAP. The Volvo V70 scored an impressive 16 out of 16 for the side test and 15 out of 16 for the front test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the V70 sedan variant the Top Safety Pick award with "good" ratings in front, rear, side, and roof strength tests.
- The Volvo V70 has been awarded multiple times in several countries including Winter Car of the Year by Tekniikan Maailma in 2008 (Finland), Estate Car of the Year by What Car? Magazine, Best Estate Car by Auto Express Used Car Honours, and Best Used Estate Car and Used Car of the Year by Used Car Magazine in 2002 (UK), and other awards in Germany, Belgium, Poland, Japan, Canada, Thailand, and the United States.
Volvo V70 Problems
Volvo has been producing the V70 since 1997. The first-generation V70 started as a renamed Volvo 850 and ran from 1997 to 2000 while the second-generation ran from 2000 to 2007. The third-generation V70 is still being produced, but the V70 name is no longer used in the US. While the model has been awarded multiple times since it has been produced, owners or future owners may find the following as drawbacks:
One of the major complaints about the V70 is the powertrain performance. While it is equipped with a relatively powerful (at least for its size) 3.2 engine, speed is something owners will sorely miss. While this is quite understandable because of its size and weight, still, it's unfair. Well, don't think of it as if it doesn't go beyond 60 mph. It does. But the problem is it may take a while before it reaches that speed. If there's any consolation, once the vehicle reaches 60 mph, it is easy to go up to 80 mph with little effort.
Some Volvo V70 models have got defective A/C clutches that unlock when the temperature under the hood is very high, especially during hot weather. There were misdiagnoses that the problem is caused by an iced-up evaporator. The short-term remedy to this is to shut off the A/C for five minutes; the long-term solution is, of course, to replace the A/C compressor.
In some 1997 and 1998 V70 models, the master lighting switch positioned on the instrument panel may not function, causing the headlamps not to illuminate at all. This one's alarming especially for people who frequently drive for long hours at night. Dealers were asked to replace the faulty switch with a high-quality unit.
Child safety lock
There are also some V70 models with child safety lock concern. In these models, powered child safety locks may not work, and it can be due to a defective wiring harness in the rear doors. To solve the problem, dealers checked the child locks for reliable operation, and replaced faulty power supply.
Electronic throttle module
The early electronic throttle modules used in some V70 models can fail. Fortunately, these components are covered by an extended 10-year, 200,000-mile warranty for the U.S. and Canadian markets. This issue was remedied by installing revised software.
I recently noticed that my Volvo V70 seems to be consuming more fuel than it used to. I don't have any problem with whatever component in my car, so I'm not sure why. However, I understand that the amount of fuel consumed by a vehicle is partly determined by driving habit. I'm interested to know what driving habits make a car less fuel efficient—could it be that the fault is mine?
Do you know that your car consumes more fuel every time you drive it over the speed limit? Aggressive driving generally lowers a vehicle's gas mileage by up to around 30%. Too much weight in your car can also lead to more fuel consumption. If you've been carrying cargo recently, that could explain the sudden spike in gas consumption of your auto. As much as possible, remove unnecessary weight from your ride. Additionally, check yourself every time you park while waiting for someone—do you prefer to idle instead of turning your engine off? If you do, then take note that this is another cause of poor gas mileage. Try to avoid the mentioned habits and see whether your car's fuel economy will improve. Otherwise, have it checked by a mechanic to determine if there's a problem with any of its components.
I read that transmission troubles are among the most common problems experienced by Volvo V70 car owners. I haven't experienced anything in my V70 yet, but I'd like to know symptoms I should watch out for so that I can address any problem right away.
One of the very first symptoms to watch out for is any change in the transmission behavior of your car. Does it suddenly take a few more seconds to shift from one gear to another? Are you suddenly experiencing a minor difficulty when shifting? These are among the very first signs of a transmission starting to go bad. In some cases, drivers reported that the problem was fixed by a simple upgrade in the transmission software. When you experience any of these, you need to have the transmission system checked to determine if an upgrade is all you will need or if this is a prelude to a bigger and more serious problem.
My Volvo V70 is starting to sag on the rear. The problem is not serious yet, but I'm already looking at alternatives when the time comes to do the necessary suspension work. I read somewhere that the rear suspension in my vehicle is the self-leveling type. What does this mean?
Most Volvo vehicles actually have a self-leveling suspension. This is a type of suspension that adjusts according to the weight of your vehicle, so much so that your ride will always go back to its original height even if it's loaded. How? When your car is driven, the suspension works and makes the adjustment little by little. A self-leveling suspension is different from a typical suspension. If you need to replace the shocks (which is the most probable reason behind your sagging problem), remember to choose the right replacement and not get just about any shock out there. Otherwise, you are more likely to experience more troubles.
Volvo V70: 15 Years of Upholding the Volvo Tradition of Versatility and Luxury
The ravishing V70 is probably one of the Volvo products that perfectly embody the Swedish company’s four core values of safety, environment, quality, and design. This mid-size wonder is a five-door station wagon that was originally released in 1997. Regarded as one of the world’s safest vehicles, the V70 managed to secure the approval of thousands of Volvo patrons around the world.
Putting the ‘V’ on the V70
The V70 promise is simple and clear. The name actually says it all. While the “70” came from the platform size on which the vehicle was built, the V in V70 means VERSATILITY. In fairness to the vehicle, it utterly spells not only versatility but also unique elegance and luxury. Whoever said that “you can’t have it all,” has not yet seen the V70. Apart from the gorgeous exterior and interior, it takes pride in its amazing aerodynamic profile, superior engine performance, and safety features.
Volvo managed to realize their goal of creating a vehicle that can maintain a spacious 5-door cabin but is still capable of running on a maximum speed of 250 km/h. Furthermore, the V70 boasts of having the wide cargo room of an SUV and the high fuel efficiency of a sedan. Considering all these, it is unquestionable that the Volvo V70 managed to impress its patrons for almost 15 years and produce three generations of vehicles that exemplify world-class style and innovations.
The Volvo 850 sequel: First generation (1997-2000)
The original V70 models were offshoots of the Volvo 850 estate car. But unlike the 850, the V70 featured more rounded edges, a family-friendly fascia, a brand-new dashboard and a series of stylish trim options. The available trim packages for the V70 include:
- Sports – with fog lamps, alloy wheels, and rear spoiler.
- Comfort – with child seat, trip computer, and electric sunroof.
- Luxury – with rear-seat entertainment, climate and cruise control, powered driver’s seat, wood trim for the fascia, and a leather interior.
- Estate – with luggage net, roof rails, and self-adjusting rear suspension.
- Winter – with heated front seats, traction control, and wash/wipe feature for the headlamps.
- Design – with leather interior, choice of red wood or leather for the steering wheel, and a red wood-effect trim.
The sports car meets the wagon: Second generation (2000-2007)
The second generation models received a total exterior and interior makeover from British designer Peter Horbury. This version of the V70 has the combined look of a sports car and a station wagon. In addition to the redesigned rear and fascia, the second batch of V70s bore the P2 platform. The new body also claimed to be 70% sturdier than the past models by using an adhesively bonded construction versus the old school spot-welding on the vehicle’s key areas. In 2007, the P2 platform vehicles, including the V70, upgraded their fascia, center console, tail lamps, and electrical systems.
Continuing the Volvo legacy: Third generation (2007-Present)
Luxury and versatility are still the top priorities in developing the third generation models of the Volvo V70. With an increased rear-seat legroom and load area volume, the first batch of V70s with a four-cylinder engine finally became available. 3.2-liter and 2.4-liter engines with manual transmission were also offered for the first time during this period.
Regarded as one of the most luxurious models in the executive cars category, the latest V70 units feature orthopedically designed front and rear seats. Buyers were also given the option to upgrade the audio system with built-in subwoofers. Other optional features include power-adjustable passenger seats, heated front seats, grocery and bag holder, auto-dimming and compass-equipped rear-view mirror, power glass moon-roof, rain sensors, remote control garage door opener, rear park assist, and headlight washers.