2000 Volvo S70 Q&A
2000 Volvo S70 Question: Car has multiple small problems. Is it worthwhile to fix it?
My car only has less than 100,000 miles on it but needs various jobs...Front shocks and struts, rear shocks, will probably require brake drum regrinding or replacement soon, tires. It also suffers from problems with the power windows and door locks, bulb out on radio; the sort of annoyance problems that begin to plague an old car. But engine is great, interior clean, body not bad (though there is a bit of rust on the front door. We have been using Volvo factory service which does a good job but is expensive. These repairs will probably cost at least $2-3 thousand. Is it worth it? - nicolo
I've seen the struts go a long time on these cars, well over 100,000 miles. If the ride is OK, the struts are not leaking or noisy then you can live without replacing them. Volvo doesn't recommend regrinding the brake rotors, you replace them when replacing the brake pads if the rotors are under the specified minimum thickness. Power windows and locks, they're a few issues on these, the door lock assemblies and the switches, it depends on what the problems are. I suggest you find a good Volvo Independent that is familiar with your vehicle and will likely charge less than the dealership. This is a great car but you should expect to shell out $500 - $1000 a year for maintenance and repairs. - Bret Bodas