Q: Advice on buying a 1997 Volvo S70 with 190,000 miles

asked by on April 13, 2016

I'm thinking about buying a 1997 Volvo S70. It has 190,000 miles and I'm hoping good oil. Transmission fluid seems clean and the timing belts were recently repaired. He only wants 1800. Is it worth it?

If it’s a running car and it runs good--that’s what that car probably would go for. I personally wouldn’t buy an S70 because I work on them for a living. I’ve worked on quite a few of them and they all became super expensive as they got to be that age.

Generally, the transmissions go out, which can cost anywhere from 3500 to 5500 bucks to repair. The engines are pretty good though and the electronics are haywire and the air conditioning systems are terrible. Here in Texas, they break all the time if you don’t care about the AC. But 1800 bucks isn’t much for a car. If it runs good and you like it, you might take a gamble and lose that 1800 dollars. I would have a qualified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, come out to the location of the vehicle and give the car a pre-purchase inspection, so that you can get a more detailed evaluation of the car’s condition.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Shift cable broken

Unfortunately, the most common problem to that symptom is the automatic transmission needs replacing according to our database. I would recommend taking the car to a transmission specialist and have them look at the vehicle.

How do I turn on the air conditioning?

To turn on the air conditioning, press the A/C button on the climate controls. The air conditioning will only come on if fan is on, the temperature is not below freezing, and the AUTO button has not been pressed.

Codes

With all those codes the odds are that you have an electronic problem. With those that you have in particular, it can easily be a transmission control module (TCM). TCM is a problem. Have a mechanic give that component a...

Related articles

How Long Does a Transmission Speed Sensor Last?
The The transmission speed sensor measures the RPMs of the shaft of the transmission. While the engine is running, but not moving, then the input shaft of the transmission is not moving either. When the input shaft moves, the transmission...
How to Buy a Good Quality Radiator
The The numerous moving parts of a vehicle are certain to rub together, causing friction which generates a generous amount of heat. The motor oil that is being pumped in as lubrication can only do so much – it can’t...
What Is the Difference Between Climate Control and Air Conditioning
It’s It’s important to be able to control the temperature inside your car’s cabin. During the summer, you need air conditioning to ensure comfort and safety, and during the winter, you’ll need heat for the same reason. However, different cars...