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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1998 Volvo S70

1998 Volvo S70

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1998 Volvo S70 Problems

Brakes -- Verified

The anti-lock brake system (ABS) Control Unit has a high failure rate. When this fault occurs, the ABS light will illuminate and codes may be stored indicating a problem with the ABS Pump Motor, or Wheel Speed Sensors, but the problem is the ABS Control Module.
Other symptoms may include an illuminated Check Engine and transmission shift light. and the speedometer may stop working as well.
Note: The brake system will operate normally...

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The master window switch may fail, allowing the windows to move in one direction and not the other.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

Front upper strut mounts may wear prematurely, resulting in loud noise from the front of the vehicle when going over bumps.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

One or more door lock assembly may fail and cause door locking/unlocking problems.

Drive Train -- Verified

Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo S70 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.
If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may fix this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made.
There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo...

1998 Volvo S70 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., September 15, 1999

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE FRONTAL PASSENGER AIR BAG MAY BE OVERLY SENSITIVE TO CERTAIN ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE.

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Electrical & Lights, September 15, 1999

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. OPERATION OF THE HEADLIGHT SWITCH, OVER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, CAN RESULT IN INCONSISTENT OPERATION OF THE SWITCH.

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Electrical & Lights, January 24, 2005

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, OVER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, THE HEADLIGHT SWITCH MAY CEASE TO FUNCTION.

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Electrical & Lights, March 19, 2001

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THERE COULD BE INADEQUATE CONTACT BETWEEN THE BULB AND SOCKET WHICH COULD CAUSE THE FRONT TURN SIGNAL NOT TO FUNCTION AS DESIGNED.

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1998 Volvo S70 Questions and Answers

jascoty, 1998 Volvo S70, w/o Turbo, Greensboro, NC

How much to replace coolant sensor and thermostat? Can I do sensor myself?

jascoty, 1998 Volvo S70, w/o Turbo, Greensboro, NC

the driver side front window stopped, up thankfully. Do you think it is just the switch, or motor problem? It had been sluggish but no other noises. Also, is the switch easy enough for me to repl...

BostonBru77, 1998 Volvo S70, w/o Turbo, Canton, MA

Where is starter located and how do I replace?

BostonBru77, 1998 Volvo S70, w/o Turbo, Canton, MA

Where is located and how do I replace

jscott6, 1998 Volvo S70, Saco, ME

car exhibits difficulty handling when driving express way; excessive wear on outside of front tires; lower ball joints & front brake pads and rotors recently replaced. is the tire wear and bad ...

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1998 Volvo S70 Reviews

2nd owner. Have had it 12 years, 100k+ miles driven by me. All the usual problems of other s70s. 4 time volvo owner, but this is the last. Expensive parts as the car ages. $1000 every time I take it to the shop. Front wheel drive just not the same on the newer volvo cars and sadly nothing special. Not bad for a european car but others are better.

I am second owner, bought from medical supply salesman. Had 46,000 miles on it when I got it 12 years ago, Has 189,000 now. Have loved loved loved this car since the minute I laid eyes on it and drove it. Normal upkeep, except for those infamous Volvo brakes of course. Black, turbo, with rear spoiler, leather seats, sunroof. Oh my. Breaks my heart, but gonna have to give it up. Gigantic buck ran into me this week, caved the driver's side in. Raised two girls in that car. Just doesn't make economic sense to have it repaired. Can't afford another Volvo. Will always remain my favorite car ever.

The coolant fan comes on automatically once I turn the ignition and the engine is cold. I replaced the thermostat. Whatelse could be wrong?

Sadly we note with passing our beloved 1998 S70 T5! After 270,000 miles. Something about burning a valve. Up to this point, with the exception of burning through tires and replacing the AC once; it has fun flawlessly. We are the only owner. We bought it in Colorado, lived in Seattle, then Birmingham AL now back to Denver. It has seen everything from snow, heat, humidity, and lots of long road trips. Completely reliable. Now looking for an S80. Great car. Served us well. And yes we are experts at changing lights, front and back. No big deal, not a technical event. Good luck

Many problems over the years. Now has 125K with multiple failures. Have pumped almost $4,000 into it. Waiting for the Optima hybrid to be released this spring. Never going Volvo again.

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