2003 Volvo V70 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Volvo V70

2003 Volvo V70 Problems

Door Lock Assemblies May Fail and Cause Locking/Unlocking Problems

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

Transmission Shifts Very Hard and Erratic

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 good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.

There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the automatic transmission diagnostic process.

Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here>>

ABS Light Due to ABS Control Module Failure

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 however during a panic stop the Anti Lock Brakes will not work and the wheels may lock-up, causing a lack of vehicle control under these situations.

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2003 Volvo V70 Questions

03 Volvo V70-vaccuum hose routing (1 answer)

03 Volvo V70 has 2 small vacuum hoses off of the air cleaner box. - where does the longer one terminate? It can reach to the firewall or engine or ???

??Clock-high beam indicator-trip reset (1 answer)

Clock runs non stop like a stop watch-blue high beam indicator on dash doesn't work-trip reset does not work. These all seem to be somewhat related - is it a programming issue?

squealing noise coming from motor block (1 answer)

a high pitched squealing noise coming from inside Motor when we take off the oil cover the squealing goes away and engine runs rough.there's a lot of suction from where oil cover goes on .what do you think?shouldn't be that much suction on the oil cover? the squealing goes away soon as yo...

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2003 Volvo V70 Recalls

Volvo Recalls Garmin 760 Portable GPS-Equipped Vehicles Due to Overheating Battery

Volvo is recalling all models equipped with Garmin 760 Portable Global Positioning System units because the battery may overheat, which could lead to a fire. Volvo advises owners to stop using the Garmin device immediately and consult the Garmin website to determine if they have a defective unit. The unit's battery will be replaced and a spacer inserted to prevent the problem from reoccurring. This will be performed free of charge.

Vehicles in Warm Weather Climates May Develop a Fuel Leak

When exposed to certain environmental conditions (hot climate and temperature cycling) over time and in combination with varying fuel quality, the fuel pump can develop cracks in the fuel pump flange. If cracks develop, a fuel smell and/or leak may be noted. Any fuel leak always increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will inspect and replace the fuel pump as necessary to correct this concern. The Volvo recall number is R220.

Check Engine Light Due to Failed Fuel Pressure Sensor

The fuel pressure sensor may at times transmit an incorrect signal to the engine control module. If the signal is outside of the pre-programmed allowable limits, the Check Engine Light can illuminate and a fault code will be stored. An engine misfire and/or engine stalling may occur. In certain traffic situations, this could cause an unsafe situation and possibly a crash. Dealers will replace the fuel pressure sensor to correct this concern. The Volvo recall number is R181.

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2003 Volvo V70 Reviews

Our 2003 V-70 wagon was acquired new via lease in 11/2002; purchased at end of lease. Now we have 114,000 'original owner' miles primarily serviced at the selling Volvo dealer. Dealer maintenance is not cheap, but it is professional and consistent. The car itself is extremely reliable, solid, dependable, versatile, comfortable and stylish. On a 200 mile highway trip, I average 32...

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