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Volvo C70 Problems

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The convertible top may have problems with the micro-switches and potentiometers that help control the raising and lowering of the top.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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!

Drive Train -- Verified

Several complaints have been reported regarding Volvo C70 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 fix this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made.
There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) availab...

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

Knocking noises going over bumps can be caused by worn sway bar end links. These end links have small ball joints that become loose and rattle. Replacement is the only fix.

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...

Volvo C70 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., September 15, 1999

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE FRONTAL PASSENGER AIR BAG MAY BE OVERLY SENSITIVE TO CERTAIN ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE.

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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, September 15, 1999

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. OPERATION OF THE HEADLIGHT SWITCH, OVER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, CAN RESULT IN INCONSISTENT OPERATION OF THE SWITCH.

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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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Volvo C70 Questions and Answers

MarieCashy, 1999 Volvo C70, Liverpool, NY

The check engine light comes on and stays on. It went out for a while now it's back on. I had it checked and they said it's something to do with the gas tank sensor. BEfore I go and sp...

Agoofyswede, 1999 Volvo C70, Conroe, TX

My key is stuck in the ignition and will not come out. It will start and turn off my car but I can not get it out.

Visitor, 1998 Volvo C70, 2.4L 5 Cylinder Turbo, Jersey City, NJ

I changed the whole front strut assembly including the mounts and spring seats ..the ride was somewhat better but started acting up again..any suggestions on solving the problem

Visitor, 1998 Volvo C70, 2.4L 5 Cylinder Turbo, Murfreesboro, TN

we have a bad engine and the used 1 we can find is chariter # they ask for mine is a 53 and there is a 55

Jeff deck, 1998 Volvo C70, 2.4L 5 Cylinder Turbo, Murfreesboro, TN

will a 2.4 turbo and a 2.4 non turbo interchange

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Volvo C70 Reviews

I have had my 2009 C70 T5 for over two months. Bout it from a friend. I've had to replace the front right axle and left wheel bearings after 100,000 miles and will have to replace the front control arms soon. Besides that, it's been a good car. Fun to drive and very comfortable. I wish it got better mileage but when the top is down you tend to not care about that as much. When I mash the brakes the front tires shake, but that may be brakes. I really love the style and look and performance.

Bought my 2008 c70 Volvo used with 40K miles.

In the first year I've had three "repairs" but still experiencing same ELECTRICAL problems:

> Key stuck in ignition
> "Powersteering" warning light is on
> Powersteering goes out completely
> "Immobilizer" light comes on
> alarm lights on the door do not turn off/drain battery

I'm pretty sure all these problems are related... The dealer(Volvo of Orange County) cannot find the problem. $3,600 later, the car still doesn't work.

This make and model has serious PROBLEMS. Very fustrating. I will probably be trading in the car ASAP and will do more research on my next vehicle.

I must admit, someone got a lemon of a car.

For me this one has been the most reliable of all.

The only problem that I have had was that the instruments would play crazy - like brake failure, or abs failure...

This has now been solved - all the wirings were checked and rechecked.
No problems since then.

Also mine runs on LPG.

I have had at least 11 cars, this has been the best and the longest owned - just short of 180.000 km driven - technically drives as on day one!

all in all a great car!

I was so excited to get my first brand new car and thought I was getting quality in buying a Volvo C70 Convertible. It has approx 80,000 miles and I'm being told I need a new engine through no fault of my own! I've already had to replace the clutch, repair the drooping headliner. The quality of the leather seats is the worst I've ever seen. Needless to say, I'm never buying another Volvo.

beautifull high dollar piece of shiitt to say the least, it cost 35,000.00 new and today 10 yrs later with 130,000 miles its only worth 4,600. omg.. the power sterring has been replaced, the radiator,the convertible top was 3,500 replaced, the two front seats were replaced 3,700
all the trim buttons are popping off/breaking
please..... can you say throw your money out the window?????
everything possible has went wrong with this piece of junk.....
the dealership is saying my transmission is bad at 129,413 miles on it. and my wife has drove it since we bought it. it has never been run hard or anything that could harm it. it was running fine before we had the fluid changed but now it wont change into 3rd gear. they claim "it happens"
other c70 owners agree this is one beautifull high dollar piece of shiit that will not last or hold a value, now im seeing why the value drops so low so fast...... please do yourself a favor and dont ever buy a de-solvo. because your investment will disolve right infront of your eyes....
dont change the transmission fluid or the junker might not ever drive again.. at 129,000 miles this 35,000 piece of shit will go down in history/youtube when i light it on fire and drive it into the river. it is a PIECE OF SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
youd feel better if you just gave the money away instead of knowing you had faith in volvo and got a 35,000.00 fuckkin..

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