2003 Volvo XC70 Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Volvo XC70
2003 Volvo XC70 Problems
Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo XC70 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 so 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: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals
The front control arm bushings wear out, resulting in alignment issues and squeaking and/or knocking noises from the front end. Worn bushings will require replacement.
The anti-lock brake system (ABS) warning light and/or other dash warning lights may illuminate due to a failed ABS Control Module. Replacement of the failed module is generally required to correct this concern.
2003 Volvo XC70 Questions
Bought new in 2011, battery has gone dead 15 times.Dealer tells me nothing wrong with battery or alternator and I must drive it every day. Vehicle is kept in garage at all times not used.Sometimes there is a map light on and won't turn off when vehicle is turned off.No diagnostic codes or dis...
car lost power, cut out and wouldn't restart. engine turning over, but not firing.Mechanic changed cambelt sensor, with no effect. emission light been on for 6 weeks, could this be a cause?
I took my xc to the dealer to find the problem with the bobblng noise in the front suspension. They scratched their heads and said it must be the strut. $700 later, I still have the same problem. I suggested the control arm bushings and they said the car would sway move back and forth when sto...
2003 Volvo XC70 Recalls
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.
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.
2003 Volvo XC70 Reviews
Great car, but don't buy it to save money. Get one and keep your Corolla or Civic for when gas goes up and for when its in the shop..-Gordon