2004 Volvo XC70 User Reviews

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    2004 Volvo XC70 Cross Country Review
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    45

    2004 Volvo Xc70 Good Winter And Family Car! — Great car. Base model comes with roof rails, so all you need is to buy the universal Thule racks for your favorite sports to be able to lug around your gear! I have the Thule snowboard rack (universal) and it fits perfectly. Love the car for its space and multi-purpose uses (i.e. moving furniture, weekends away, trips to ski/snowboard, etc.).

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Cargo space, driving through heavy snow and icy/snowy roads in the winter to the mountain or anywhere for that matter.

    Cons: Gas mileage is not the best, but not bad for a car it's size. About 20mpg on average.

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    2004 Volvo XC70 Cross Country Review
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    105

    Is It A Truck That Drive Like A Car Or A Car That Goes Where Trucks Goes — goes everywere, don't cost a lot to repair, handles like a charm, not like my 850 turbo but it'll go up any road in snow, in mud and with a lot of confort and class, plus the enormous trunk that could almost take a fridge.

    Pros: the off-road capability

    Cons: the too calm attitude of the transmission

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    2004 Volvo XC70 Cross Country Review
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    Sporty And Practical. — See above. Car has really handsome interior, good brakes, good steering, very good power for a "wagon"...for the money, this is a great car. Enough space for a trip, road trip or outting...find a good buy, it will fit in the back.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Responsive power and safe handeling in bad road situations.  With the cross-over, you have great space for hobby equipment or road trips.

    Cons: Could use a little less gas, but it is all wheel drive.

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    Give It A Try - You Will Be Surprised At Just How Versatile This Car Is. — For a really great all around car, this is it. The XC70 really combines the best of all worlds, such as winter driving, safety, performance, comfort and style. It handles flawlessly in a foot and a half of snow, while also maneuvering quite nicely at triple digit speeds on the highway. It will hold a weeks worth of camping gear and five adults nicely, and mine still drives like new after 80,000 miles and being 6+ years old. For a car that still looks stylish whether freshly waxed, or covered in mud, the Volvo XC70 meets and exceeds most expectations on and off road; standing still, or cruising down the road.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Comfort, surprising acceleration, style, and quality craftsmanship all around

    Cons: Requires premium (91+) octane fuel, synthetic oil, and constant detailing to look clean.  Brakes stop the car on a dime, but cause excessive amounts of brake dust.

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    Good Car — very good highway car, but a bit bulky for the city, safe, and efficient for its size. comfortable and cozy. very good performance in general, this car is fun to drive, because it is a smooth drive and very enjoyable.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: because it is comfortable, safe, and efficient

    Cons: slightly bulky

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    Vovlos — good car while built the sweds know what there doing . the is an inline 5 which is odd but it gives good power and the car seems to take corners good. the xc 70 is actually and good looking car for a station wagon

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: power handling

    Cons: its a station wagon

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    Practical Volvo Wagon. — Very practical, spacious, comfortable wagon. AWD works quite well. 2.5L Turbo adequate but not quite exciting.

    Pros: Well built, useful all wheel drive, comfortable

    Cons: a bit tall, floaty handling.

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    This Thing Is A Freaking Tank — I bought my '04 XC70 used with 200,000 miles on it for $3,000, and it runs like an absolute top. And here's the kicker - the transmission is the only thing that's been replaced, and that was 100,000 miles ago. The first time I drove this car, the first thing I noticed was how loaded and comfortable it was. The front seats felt like leather recliners. On top of this, I found that the car had power/heated front seats, dual climate control, and built-in child booster seats in the back, just to name a few of the features. I'm kinda a snob when it comes to cars, so one of the first things I do to check the build quality is mess with the buttons. I messed with almost all of them, and they all felt amazing and well-made; none of them felt cheap or plasticky. When it comes to the exterior, everything feels bulletproof - The doors, back hatch, and hood are super heavy. I get the sense that if I were to hit an 18-wheeler head-on, I'd be perfectly fine. The second thing I noticed was how the car handled. Though this is a wagon, I learned that it weighs almost 4,000lbs, and that definitely shows in the handling. The car may be AWD, but the heaviness of this car will definitely limit how fast you can go around curves. I can't tell you how many times I've almost spun going around sharp curves (I'm a pretty aggressive driver, though)! I let my dad drive this car, and he told me that the handling reminded him of his Land Rover. A few days after I bought this car, I decided to take it off road. I was pleasantly surprised, as it managed to pull off going through some decently-deep mud and puddles. Super impressive, and I never got stuck. I scraped the bottom a few times though when going through the mud, so it definitely can't compete with a Jeep or 'Rover (unless you got a lift kit, but that would look really dumb), but for a wagon, it's still really impressive. When it comes to the car's power and engine, the car has Volvo's signature turbocharged 5-cylinder engine, which supplies an adequate amount of power. However, because of the car's heaviness, it's definitely not a sleeper - you can go from 0-62 in about 9 seconds. But that's alright - you don't buy this car for speed. Now, let's talk about the downsides. Is the car reliable? For the most part, yes. But what about when it's not? When something goes, expect to pay. A few days after I bought this car, the check engine light came on. I took it to Autozone, and they told me it was a faulty catalytic converter. When I called my local Volvo dealer to get a quote on replacing it, they told me that it was going to be around $2,000. Luckily, however, I found out that the issue was just a faulty gas cap, which was like $30 to replace. But I definitely now have money set aside if something truly does go wrong. Another thing I'm not a huge fan of is the car's fuel economy. The gas tank is huge, but on average, I get anywhere between 15-18mpg, and I fill it up once a week for around $35. I have a feeling it'll be worse if gas prices go back up, though. In a nutshell, I absolutely love my car, and I honestly don't want anything else. It's a perfect family car, carries a ton, has decent off-road capabilities, very luxurious, practical, extremely comfortable, very safe, and you can definitely expect it to last. In addition, you can get one for $3-8,000. On the flip-side, this car can be very, very expensive when something goes wrong, and the gas mileage is sub-par. But if you have the money to maintain it when necessary, and the fuel economy doesn't bother you, I highly recommend this car, because it's kinda amazing.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Crazy comfortable
    Built like a tank
    Decently capable off road
    Amazing build quality
    Reliable

    Cons: Fuel economy
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    Reviews From Other Years

    2010 Volvo XC70 Reviews

    Not Your Typical Station Wagon! By genuinejen

    This car was amazing for long trips, trips with my family and dog and overall driving in all weather with it's AWD capability. It holds the road nicely and you really feel safe driving on the major r... Read More

    2009 Volvo XC70 Reviews

    All Wheel Drive Power In A Soccer Mom Car! By pauljohnbaker

    Leather interior, sun roof, dvd players in each headset, plus integrated child booster seats make this the perfect grocery getter. I (the dad) love driving it because it has great off the line power. ... Read More

    2008 Volvo XC70 Reviews

    Great Family Car. Lots Of Space For Trips. By Kavacookie

    I have kids in lots of sports- this car was great for getting kids here and there and loading lots of gear in the back. For family trips, luggage and the dog could fit comfortably in the back. We coul... Read More

    Perfect Family Car By Pelle

    Love it!!! The V6 3.2 liter engine is smooth and drives nicely. Great safety features. The two built in booster seats are perfect. No car seats needed for kids (about 5 years old and above). Driv... Read More

    2007 Volvo XC70 Reviews

    Very Good Family Transporter By markwoodlief

    Volvo is an excellent brand. They really build their cars to last. We've put over 100k on this car with zero repair bills at this time. The only downside is the keyfobs are cheaply made and if you ... Read More

    Great Car For The Money! By TeresaS12

    Nothing to dislike about this car. It's the first car I've driven for over 5 years and never wanted to trade. I keep looking at newer vehicles on the road and haven't found one yet that I really p... Read More

    2006 Volvo XC70 Reviews

    Volvo Xc70 Cross Country Joy By run4it

    There have been absolutely no maintenance or mechanical issues with this car. It drives like a dream and is a smooth, quiet ride. The stereo system is nice and the seats are comfortable. It is fantast... Read More

    My Second Xc70 By Bruno

    Great power with de 5cyl Turbo. This model as a confort / sport switch for the suspension (Active Four C System) Looks great with the Thule box on top. Really a safe car to drive in winter time. Four ... Read More

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