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Thoughts on the longevity of the S70?

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Re: Thoughts on the longevity of the S70?

Post by scot850 »

A few years ago there were pictures of the odometer of a 1 owner V70 (?) of around 98-99 vintage with 720,000 miles on it. The owner apparently had just had regular servicing and replacing of wear items over that time.

We also see P3 Volvos for sale up here with over 500,000km on them and running well.

The biggest key to any vehicle lasting is care and regular maintenance and ideally some longer runs to keep everything moving.

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Re: Thoughts on the longevity of the S70?

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Re: Thoughts on the longevity of the S70?

Post by Archer »

Sommerfeldt wrote: Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:20 am It seemed to me that the S70 T5 I had for a while was indeed a little less sturdy than the 850s. Probably a subjective opinion, but that was my impression.

As for taking them apart, you do need to have the right tools and a lengthy Google/YouTube search history to be able to avoid breaking things. Unlike in the 850s, you do need the interior trim removal tools (the "forks" and stuff) to avoid breaking brackets and fasteners. Switches, like erikv says, has to be taken out from the back - that's the same with 850s as well - if you want to avoid breaking switches, wires and connectors. Remember that even the "blanks" usually have connectors fastened to them on the back, for whatever option you don't have on your trim level.

The leather will cook if the car is left uncovered in the sun, and so will the glue here and there. Not a big issue up here in the north, where these cars were conceived and more often than not built, but in climates where the sun bakes and summer lasts more than a week, it's going to be an issue.

We do have to keep in mind that your S70 is coming up on 20 years old. My 850 is 23 years old, and these cars were not bought as "collectibles". Granted they were "luxury" level cars, but they've often been used and abused by multiple owners, cooking the leather, slamming doors, kicking dashboards and not cleaning interiors for years on end... I guess your switches are testaments to that... :P They've not been considered "classics" or something to particularly care for up until now, so... yeah.

Best advice is to stop if something doesn't come off or go on as expected, and search, read, search. Mainly here on MVS. :D Don't ever buy parts on FCPEuro, and get yourself those interior trim tools. ;)

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Re: Thoughts on the longevity of the S70?

Post by Sommerfeldt »

Archer wrote: Tue May 21, 2019 7:51 pm Don’t ever buy parts from FCP...? You trippin’?
FCP is fine - you, however, are late and haven’t read the stickies. ;)

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