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1999 Volvo V70

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1999 Volvo V70 Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

There are several common complaints regarding Volvo V70 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation to name a few.
If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this. If available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs to be reset. A g...

Drive Train -- Verified

The upper engine mount may wear prematurely. Symptoms may include a harsh feeling when the transmission is shifting and roughness when the engine is idling. Worn engine mounts should be replaced as necessary.

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

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

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

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

1999 Volvo V70 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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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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Engine, November 16, 1998

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: STATION WAGONS EQUIPPED WITH THIRD SEATS. USERS OF THE THIRD SEAT, WHEN EXITING THE VEHICLE, CAN COME IN CONTACT WITH THE TAILPIPE.

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1999 Volvo V70 Questions and Answers

rickelly, 1999 Volvo V70, w/o Turbo, Harrisonburg, VA

Engine shot.. need engine and associated costs to install.. James Kelly rickelly1992@yahoo.com

retiredmac, 1999 Volvo V70, 2.4L 5 Cylinder Turbo, Gary, IN

coolant in oil,car runs like adream,no smoke,,mec indicated oil cooler,is this problem expensive/difficult?

Visitor, 1999 Volvo V70, 2.4L 5 Cylinder, Wilmington, NC

What is draing battery

Gazzan, 1999 Volvo V70, 2.4L 5 Cylinder, Glendale, CA

My V70 drives rough but the idel is ok, the check engine light is not on. It doesn't overheat. When in PARK I press the gas pedal it makes a rough (grrrrrrr)sound. When driving it makes the ro...

skipper4, 1999 Volvo V70, 2.4L 5 Cylinder, Huntington Beach, CA

Air unit runs ok until wheather temp is hot. Will run for 20-30 min and cut off. If turn unit "off" for approx 10 min, will work when turned back on, then will go off again. Unit does ...

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1999 Volvo V70 Reviews

V70 1999, Purchased at 18K, now at 220K, Overall great car..kept up scheduled maintenance (belts, hoses etc.,), at 200K plus replaced radiator/heat core, new struts, control arms, had driver seat leather upholstery and headliner replaced for around $500, looks great, with a little new car smell. Exterior body holding up well (wax it 1 x year) especially in an ocean front area.

just got the car about 3 weeks ago. it was a gift from my darling brother. loves the way that it drives, just all of the warning lights that keeps on popping up.

My 1999 Volvo V 70 is a fantastic car. I bought it just over a year ago from a family that really maintained it well. I bought it with 170,000 miles on it and have driven it over 25,000 miles so far.

I had to do brakes on the car, and I charged the AC myself- cheap $26 fix and now the AC is really too cold, I need to turn it off.

It is safe, sturdy, and has a really comfortable ride. The 5 cylinder engine has some real kick to it.

RECOMMEND that you replace the timing belt on this style volvo and similar S70 every 70,000 miles. Most mechanics can change the timing belt- it wil only cost you 300 - but can save your car from serious damage down the road.

I do have an intermittent stalling problem- it is not often- but the car has stalled about 10 times, it usually resolves itself. I changed the spark plugs and timing belt. Also, i have switched over to Mobil 1 synthetic oil. Hoping that this car can last me until the kids graduate college.

Definitely recommend.

My car has more than 150K and we have had this car since about 15K. So a loooooong time!

My take is that Volvo's are EXPENSIVE to maintain, but honestly, very safe, reliable, etc. The AC has some specific issues that occasionally come up (just did for me). I also second the other reviewer: Don't use Volvo for service! They will raep your wallet! Find a good experienced mechanic to handle the service intervals.

To present the cost of maintenance: The 150K service was close to 1000 dollars - for a 4K dollar car, that's a lot of money, relative to the price of the car. Yet of course it is 'well worth it' because hey, the car will go another 100K - easily! The low-cost of a used V70 reflects the upcoming service needs. New, my car was easily 30,000, so while it is currently anything but new, I still appreciate the excellent value the car represents. And who can put a cost on safety?

Front suspension parts are clearly faulty. I have replaced anti sway bar links every year for the past 10 years....sometime more than once a year. Radiator went out at 80K. Dashboard computer is haywire. I would never buy another Volvo.

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