How many years/miles left on a 1999 V70 Wagon with 130k miles?

Asked by Aug 28, 2008 at 11:15 AM about the 1999 Volvo V70 T5 Turbo

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

It's got a T5 engine.  Suburban driving mostly.
I seem to be putting a lot of dollars into the car now - suspension, pumps, exhaust, completely new air conditioning.  $3k to the dealer a few months ago!  Wheel bearings just recently.
My wife would like the car to last another three years, which means another 25-30k miles.  I'm worried it'll be breaking down constantly, causing annoyances and major bucks to boot.
Can anyone offer me any optimism on the car making through 3 more years reasonably?

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volvos last forever in my experience. 200k is nothing for a volvo, just treat it right and it will last

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I have a 2000 v70 with 280k. the thing runs so nicely... you will probubly have no problem getting it through another couple of years. Just make sure that you keep up with normal repairs...

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I have read that the 2.4 and 2.5 T5 are rated at a 5000k if well taken care of


Keep the car maintained by the book. KEEP THE TIMING BELT AND TIMING COMPONENTS changed at the regular intervals. The transmissions usually last to 250,000 to 300,000 miles. You may experience some oil consumption at 200k as the turbo bearings will blow a little oil and the engines valve seats will start to leak a little. If the car had been maintained well in the past you have much life left in it. I recently purchased a 1998 that was VERY poorly maintained, and even at 200k it only needs a headgasket and a used turbocharger, everything else is in good shape.

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175k on my '98 with just normal repairs (tie rods, ball joints, cv boots were replaced from age and many nasty pot holes) Parts were cheap at!

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I have a V70 and an S40. The V70 is 5 cylinder non turbo. It has so far had the throttle body and ABS module replaced. I used XemodeX company from Canada for these parts and put them in myself. EASY! And I am no mechanic. I drove it to the mechanic to clear the codes and abracadabra like new again. This time without moving parts to go bad. Guaranteed for life. If I had the dealer replace those parts they would have put the same Magnetti Marelli throttle back in and the same problem would have come back after another 200,000 miles. The new throttle body has no internal moving parts aside from the butterfly. It has an infrared eye that tells the computer where the butterfly valve is. The ABS replacement module was of original casing and HIGH quality internal plungers. Like I said I put them in myself. It was cake. My S40 turbo on the other hand has some minor annoyances. It is in the shop right now. And the plastic and upholstery are coming apart after 200,000 miles. But man what a looker! I'm keeping both of them.


We have a 2004 v70 5 cylinder manual with 428000 km and going strong. Purchased in 2008 with just over 100000km on it. Best decision ever. Suspension has needed work thanks to pot holes and rural living but the engine, transmission, body, and fit and finish are outstanding. It doesn't get loose and things don't rattle like most other makes with this many miles. Cost to own per kilometer even with using premium fuel has been amazing. I agree with the recommendation to keep up on the recommended maintenance. Well worth it. The kids hate that we dont drive something newer but we dont care. Hoping to get another 400000km!

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I have a Volvo v70 (non turbo) with 295,000 miles....the engine still runs great...bought it with 152,000 miles( I am 5th owner)...always burned some oil....I change the oil regularly...changed timing belt at 230,000....I have friends with same model over 320, car I ever owned!

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Jan. 2018 (almost): Driving an accident free 1990 V70 - Turbo: solid steel Volvo Wagon w/ 330,000 + miles. Bought in 1997 w/ blown Turbo. Replaced low pressure Turbo blown by prior owner; then + 170T miles before had to change out the replaced Turbo.. ( Advise! Cool DOWN ALL turbos for 2-3 minutes before cutting ignition!). Regular service /oil /other fluid changes plus safety checks by a competent foreign car mechanic who likes and knows older European cars buys you years of trouble free driving: At 330T miles, noise from piston slap is expected but the 740-T still cruises w/ no problem at 70-75 and accelerates on flat roads into mid high 80's-90's (don't advise that regularly!). It is a heavy wagon in relationship to power ergo with age it drags a bit more up steep roads. The Timing Belt has been replaced 3x, as advised; now on third radiator, third set of shocks,third set of tires; AC repaired over 200T. Other repairs done on original gas tank and gauge; oil and water leaks from hoses (replaced as needed);, radiator replaced 2x.,replaced front wind shield 1x post ice storm crack; three sets of tires + minor wheel repair; Muffler replaced 3 times (buy good ones!). Ignition switch and starter each replaced once. At 300T+ some dashboard gauges are erratic; occasional electrical issues. Exterior is solid tho dinged; ext. paint and leather seats are faded/worn ( dogs dug seats to reach middle earth!) Still putting 10-15,000 miles of mostly highway driving / year. Solid and lively on highway even loaded; a bit sluggish at low speeds. Original Gears-transmission still impressively good; never stuck in snow. THAT SAID: The older a Volvo the longer it will last with proper attention; this one goes to mechanic in every 3 months for check up, minor service and whatever adjustments. About to get seats repaired and a new head liner. Not yet ready to blow 3T on a proper paint living w fade and freckles tho note: NO RUST. .Given a rational choice: who wants the cheap fragile plastic bodies or endless problems from all the electrical overload in newer plastic cars (yes plastic bodies on newer Volvos since the Chinese bought the company in 2003) or a car that crumples if crashed and too easily falls apart inside--even before it is traded every 3 to 5 years by the up and coming ....? NOT I said this Volvoista! [[ Note: Prior cars: One awful Beetle 1962-64; Then 5 standard shift Peugeot's to 1997: Great to drive but lots of issues! Last: 1997 to present: 1 Volvo. ]]

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