The V70 was introduced in 1996 as a replacement for the 850, which was the first of the front-drive Volvos, breaking a tradition of rear-driveness that started…well…way back in the day. The V70 turned the square edges of the 850 into some rounded sculpture styling and it signaled the end of the brick. Regardless, the V70 wasn’t a bad car to drive in the R version or even the T5 with 5-speed manual. Find this 1998 Volvo V70 T5 offered for $2,000 in Noe Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
Powering this 5-door s a B5234 T3 turbocharged inline-5 that puts out 237 horsepower from 2.4 liters of displacement. It isn’t the fastest car on the block….unless you live in a really bad part of town…meh…probably some drug dealers have some muscle cars…yup, not the fastest car on the block, but it might be the fastest wagon due to a torquey engine and reasonable curb weight. However, you shouldn’t expect Japanese levels of reliability from the Swedish boat because Volvo added many
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