Volvo S70 History
The “S” in S70 of course meant “sedan”. The wagon version of the S70 was the V70, in Swedish “wagon” being “vagn”. Like the 850, the S70 was extremely popular and shared the 850 sheetmetal. It got a number of changes and freshening touches compared to the 850 when it and its sister the V70 debuted in the 1998 model year.
When 1996 was coming to an end, a new Volvo model range was introduced: the Volvo S70, V70 and V70 XC.
The Volvo 70-series was developed from the successful 850 models, which had been on the market since 1991.
The exterior of the new S70 sedan and V70 estate showed softer styling than its predecessor, but still carried a strong Volvo identity. Inside the car, the dashboard was new as was most of the interior. In the area of safety a number of improvements were made.https://www.media.volvocars.com/us/en-us/heritagemodels/volvo-s70v70xc70/241114
Off the top of my head, the window switches were moved from the center armrest to the driver’s door like most cars, the head- and taillights were smoothed and retouched, and the antenna got moved — from its place where it would attract the worst in car washes’s spinning washing things — and integrated into the car’s windshield. Among many other things.
Volvo S70 Specifications
- S70 Produced: 243,078
- Body: 4-door sedan
- Engine: 5-cylinder in-line unit, 1,984 cc to 2,435 cc or 5-cylinder in-line 2,461 cc turbo diesel
- Transmission: 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic, FWD or AWD.
- Brakes: Hydraulic, all-round disc brakes
- Dimensions: Overall length 467 cm Wheelbase 267 cm.
- Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic.
- Brakes: Hydraulic, disc brakes all round
- Dimensions: Wheelbase 276 cm.
Get S70 Help in the Volvo Forum
The Volvo S70 & V70 Forum is where to get advice and help. Because the 850 and S70 (and V70) are so similar, they share a forum. I’ve never confirmed this but I’d be shocked if the two Volvos didn’t share upwards of 90% of their parts.
If you don’t want to scan the Volvo S70/V70 Repair Database for an answer, simply register for the forum (free, no spam) and post your question. New to forums? Spend a minute looking at the MVS Help page. It’s worth it, trust me. But I would suggest looking around the Repair Database — as of this writing, there are 428 entries related to the 850, S70 and Gen. 1 V70 family. That’s a lot of information. But don’t get scared off, it’s organized so that you can find what you’re looking for AND it has a search box at the top of the page.
Searching the Volvo forum is another super way of digging up information. You must be logged in to use Forum Search, but you don’t have to post a thing. Some people register merely to use this forum search capability.
Most of the forum posts here at MVS do get answered to one degree or another, so there is a ton of good information to be discovered.