Re: Contemplating a Purchase
On Tue, 26 Jul 2005 09:09:31 -0400, harlan fichtenholtz wrote:
> I'm considering buying a used wagon. I've narrowed it down to a 1998
> V70XC with 102,000 miles, a 1999 V70GLT with 106,000 miles, and a 1996
> 850 GLT with 90,000 miles.
I would avoid the 98, because the old AWD system can become quite an
expensive maintenance item.
I would avoid the 99, or plan to keep a spare electronic throttle module
around (and budget about $1200 for the first replacement, about half that
for the subsequent replacements). Also, I believe the 99 is coming up on
a required timing belt replacement. That could be an expensive repair if
you need a water pump and/or any of the tensioning bearings. The
replacement would become quite a bit more expensive if you were to let the
Without knowing the condition of the cars, I'd be most interested in the
A non AWD 98 S70/V70 would be my pick as Volvo made some generally good
tweaks to the suspension, steering, and interior with the S70/V70.
Unfortunately the 99 and newer Volvo use expensive to buy, failure prone,
and expensive to replace electronic throttle modules.