Door Window Regulator May Fail on Volvo C70

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Door window regulator failures have been reported. These vehicles have a very complex door window mechanism that can be very difficult to adjust properly after installing a new window regulator. This can lead to air leaks, wind noise, and a door that doesn't open or close properly. This is a good time to find an experienced Volvo mechanic!

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 83,496 (34,000–164,000)
8 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2008
47 people reported this problem
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Driver's window worked intermittently then not at all. I changed the door switch but that was not the problem. I suspect the door module or the regulator. Any comments out there to offer?
problem with driver side window button. The window leaks and whistles bad. Very annoying on a rainy day.
window will go down but not up. window actually will slide down into door upon shutting the door. you can pull on window with switch pulled and window goes up
The driver side window would not go up. Upon taking the door panel off, I discovered the plastic wheel which the cable rides was bent due to the pressure exerted on it by the extremely tight cable and the cable had jumped off. I drilled a hole through the center of the wheel and into the door where the wheel mounts and put a small bolt and a fender washer to keep the wheel straight and keep the cable from jumping off. So far this has fixed the problem. Did not want to buy the high priced regulator. May fix permanently or may be temporary. Time will tell.
Passenger side power window wouldn't go down. I don't think its a switch issue as the lights dim slightly when I push it. All plastic parts of this car seems to be junk.
The drivers door window will go down but will go up only 1/2 way. What could be the problem? I just replaced the part that controls all the windows from opening and closing. That works. Now, I have a problem with the window going up. Any suggestions.
My Driver Window slid down and stopped working. Cable broke. Part $600. My mechanic found a place that will rebuild it for $350. Volvo used plastic rollers. If it is just a roller there is a fix on line ising a patio door roller. At least its not plastic.
Power window does not work
Passenger window regulator with motor needs to be replaced. Independent quoted $1400. Volvo quoted $1200.
First, I had a problem with the passenger door module such that the door would come open while driving at highway speeds. After that was repaired, the passenger window regulator failed. I don't know if these are related. The dealership denies that the repair of the door module damaged the window regulator.
Window would go down but would make a grinding noise going up...

Pulled cassette from door...Cable was off upper right pulley...Regulator needs overhauling....Will experiment doing it myself...if no luck will send it out for a rebuild...
window regulator has broken twice (cable breaks)
Window fell down. Will see if can be fixed on the cheap
my left door glass is down & not going up
Passenger Window, but also hearing noise from the driver side window.
Slow decline in function, wouldn't go up easily, eventually complete failure of window regulator and the window fell inside the door.
$I already replaced passenger side window regulator for $600. Now, driver side has failed. Any ideas where I can get parts at a lower cost in Chicagoland as my mechanic will do the work.
Drivers window fell into the door will not come up being told its the regulator and that it happens often. Cost for part alone is $700. Volvo Service reaction this stuff happens all the time it will cost approximately $1,200 to fix do not expect any response for Volvo since the car is out of warranty. Started to research on the web and this is a known issue that Volvo will not even react to. This is my first and last Volvo. Before this the Oil Pump went another $800 repair. Car looks nice but is an engineering nightmare. Should have bought two one to drive the other to keep in the service station to fix the latest issue. Most unreliable car I have ever owned at one time I owned a Ford Pinto!!! Currently have my service station searching for a part that will cost less than $700. Then will seriously consider trading it in for a car I can rely on.
Window regulator failed; replaced at $1,200 ($700 part, $500 labor). Now window leaks in several places. Have taken back to shop several times and they claim nothing more to be done.
Driver's window regulator failed, then later in summer passenger side began 'clunking' also. Too expensive a part for me to do myself so bill at mechanic came to just under $1k each. Now a few years have gone by, I have only 101k miles on the car (it is usually garaged all winter) and the drivers side has started 'clunking' when it goes down.