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1999 Volvo V70 XC

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1999 Volvo V70 XC Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo Cross Country 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 address this issue. If available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift ad...

Brakes -- Verified

There have been many reports of ABS Control Module failure. When they fail the ABS and Check Engine warning lights will come on. The speedometer may stop operating as well. To address this issue, there are companies that can repair these units, or it will need to be replaced.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

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

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The electronic throttle module (ETM) has a higher than normal failure rate. There is a possible extended warranty and/or a software upgrade offered by Volvo for this problem.

Engine -- Verified

The upper and right front engine mounts wear out prematurely. You may feel engine vibrations at idle and excessive engine movement when accelerating the vehicle.

1999 Volvo V70 XC Recalls (Recent)

Drive Train, December 29, 2006

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, A COMBINATION OF THROTTLE POSITIONING SENSOR IRREGULARITIES, A DIRTY THROTTLE HOUSING, AND/OR INEFFICIENT SOFTWARE CALIBRATION MAY CAUSE A WARNING LAMP TO LIGHT AND THE SUBSEQUENT ONSET OF LIMP HOME MODES.

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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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1999 Volvo V70 XC Questions and Answers

Bill Moore, 1999 Volvo V70 XC, Turbo, Grand Rapids, MI

while driving all of a sudden I will loose the cruise, the speedometer goes to zero and the following lights come on: ABS, brake, check engine & flashing up arrow - also, if I have to stop, it...

davefales1, 1999 Volvo V70 XC, w/o Turbo, Norwalk, CT

Right side headlight glass cover cracked several months ago. Now the bulb has burned out. Can a fairly handy person make these repairs?

jperhus, 1999 Volvo V70 XC, 2.4L 5 Cylinder Turbo, Albert Lea, MN

How do I remove the rear wheel bearing on a 1999 Vovlo V70 XC AWD and replace it?

fanchman6, 1999 Volvo V70 XC, 2.4L 5 Cylinder Turbo, Concord, NH

What is the grill style item next the fog lights called on the 1999 Volvo V70XC AWD? I need to get a replacement on the Front right/passenger side.

fanchman6, 1999 Volvo V70 XC, 2.4L 5 Cylinder Turbo, Concord, NH

Can tire sized 235/55R17 and rim 17x7 w/ bolt pattern 5 x 108 fit if I wanted to put them on a 1999 Volvo V70XC AWD 5 door wagon? The original tire size for this vehicle is 205/65R15 same bolt patt...

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1999 Volvo V70 XC Reviews

Plenty of annoying problems with this car. Owned since brand new, did all maintenance as recc. Like the other guy I needed an abs module, a throttle control module, TWO ac evaporators , upper strut support replacements, electrical relays. Have had to take it in for problems with side airbag sensors, multiple electrical problems of relays and switches. Now have a check engine light indicating a major vacuum leak. There have been other things I haven't mentioned, like turbo return leaks, radio failures, headlight wiper failures, etc.

While there are many things I like about the car, such as the interior space, safety and look, I can't imagine ever buying another Volvo given
this awful reliability of so many varied components.

I bought a 1999 V70 XC new in Sept. 1998. It has 92,150 miles on it. It's been garaged and is in pristine condition. It is a great all around vehicle but they don't make Volvo's like they used to. So far, I've had the evapoator core replaced (about $2000): the ABS module replaced (over $1000); Driver's window switch replaced, Moon roof electrical problems plus a radiator leak. Now it's at Volvo for at least a blown intake manifold gasket ($ TBD).

I recently purchased a 1999 Volvo V70 Cross Country that has 81K original miles. It appears to be in excellent condition inside and out except for a small oil leak at the turbo return pipe. The dealer I purchased it from is repairing the problem. Since this seems to be a common problem and does not pose a major problem I am very pleased with the vehicle overall. I bought the V70 as a commuter car and drive 98 miles round trip each day. Mileage is about 22.5 highway with 87 octane fuel. I plan to try 91 octane on my next fill-up to check for any significant increase in mileage.

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