Abnormal Noise From Front Suspension Due to Worn Control Arm Bushings on Volvo XC70

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 108,750 (22,000–190,000)
9 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
28 people reported this problem
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CLunking noise in front suspension when hitting bumps. Why do Volvos wear out so quickly? No problems with any Toyota I've had with twice as many miles!
I live in a mountain community, I noticed on the drive down the mountain that every time I hit the slightest little bump in the road the car would jump all over the road. Very scary felt as though the car had a mind of it's own! I drove on slow surface streets straight to the Volvo dealer, by the time I reached them the right front arm bolt was almost completely off! I could of gone off a cliff and nobody would have known why!! Scary day for me!
Both front control arm bushings and both rear trailing arm bushings have failed on our 2008 Volvo XC70
"clanking" when turning.
Loud clunk noises when going over bumps and uneven tire wear. Replaced control arm bushings.
I have been experiencing a lot of clunking especially when going over bumpy roads. Mechanic verified right sway bar loose.
Replaced bushings
Started eating tires, took it to shop. Needs control arm repair.
Will be taking my car in June for inspection, diagnostics, and repair. What is described here sounds exactly like my Volvo.
High frequency front end vibration above 60mph transmitted to steering wheel. Dealer said they couldn't get the car aligned properly due to inability to balance the tires properly so they blamed the OEM Pirelli Scorpion Verde tires & warrantied them through Pirelli after much back & forth bickering b/t Dealer/Volvo rep/ & Pirelli. We eventually got 4 brand new tires under warranty but it only attenuated the issue, it didn't resolve it. I am now wondering if the control arm bushings are the culprit after reading the above posts.
2005 with low miles drifted to the right. Dealer recommended new control arm bushings and torque mount. Total cost over $1600.
knocking/squeeling when turning
I bought a used car in 2014. I took it to the Volvo Dealer and they did a full car inspection. They told me that the bearings of the control arms are wearing down and need a replacement. They said $2000 for them to do it. I still have not done it yet, but I hear no noise yet. Their level or urgent was "it should be replaced soon"
Front control arm bushings worn out