Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your Volvo V70
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Volvo V70 Problems
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 g...
The upper engine mount may wear prematurely. Symptoms may include a harsh feeling when the transmission is shifting and roughness when the engine is idling. Worn engine mounts should be replaced as necessary.
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.
The turbocharger return pipe seal may develop an oil leak. The leak can begin very small, but will eventually progress into a large leak. Our technicians recommend having this repaired at first signs of leakage.
Volvo V70 Recalls (Recent)
Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE FRONTAL PASSENGER AIR BAG MAY BE OVERLY SENSITIVE TO CERTAIN ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, OVER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, THE HEADLIGHT SWITCH MAY CEASE TO FUNCTION.Learn more »
Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. OPERATION OF THE HEADLIGHT SWITCH, OVER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, CAN RESULT IN INCONSISTENT OPERATION OF THE SWITCH.Learn more »
Volvo V70 Questions and Answers
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I have 2 similar autos with same model year. At approx 100K miles the speedometer failed. Sometimes it would work fine on one car and then it stops giving the speed reading. This happened on the...
my steering wheel shakes whenever I reach speeds 60 mph and above. What is problem? How can I fix it?
The heater fan stops from time to time and then comes on and/or speeds up when the brakes are applied. It will shut off completely, then spontaneously comes back on and then may speed up when the b...
Volvo V70 Reviews
I bought this car used as is from a dealer with 79,000 miles on it. It is a 2008 model so I figured i could get another 70,000 miles from this car. I normally purchase new and keep a car 10 years but this was such a good deal I could not pass it up. It had been on the lot for over 90 days and dealer wanted it sold.They said few people wanted wagons. It was loaded and i got it for about 8,ooo less than a comparable SUV. With all that said, we love the car, its ride, handling, interior appointments, radio sound, and the seats. Mechanic said it was in good condition. I am hoping nothing major goes wrong, but I know this car has to be maintained properly. I get concerned reading all the problems on the web but this seems to be true about alot of cars, domestic and foreign. Volvos are rare where we live so it is nice to have something different from everybody else. Its ruby red and after I waxed and detailed it I get stairs and second glances around town. Its styling still looks current, not dated at all. If you like wagons with comfort and styling , I think you would like this one. I think Volvo has improved the quaility and reliability of these newer models, having worked out the bugs in earlier models.
Have owned this car for 3 years. It replaced same model V 70, 2001 after being hit by a drunk driver. Car has performed with excellence. Have followed prescribed routine maintenance and have a had very few issues with this particular car. It was a certified used car at the time of purchase from a Volvo dealer. The dealership has done most of the maintenance. It drives well, is comfortable for the average size person and its cargo capacity is very adequate. Sun roof is starting to rattle but works fine otherwise. I only mention that because the first Volvo V 70 2001 the sunroof shattered unexpectedly after I had brought a similar rattle sound to the dealers attention. I had an appointment to have it checked when it shattered after closing a door and tail gate at the same time. I am happy with my current Volvo and purchased it because I believe the 2001 Volvo saved my daughter’s life in the crash with the drunk driver. When I will replace my car it will be with another Volvo!
125,000 miles on the clock and in that time only had to replace 2 lightbulbs and the battery (all normal wear and tear). Best car I've ever had, and we do put it through it's paces with some very long drives. No problems whatsoever.
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 mpg. In heavy city traffic, I average 21 mpg.
I never kept a prior auto longer than 4 years. I don’t know if I will ever be able to part with this vehicle.
I own a 1998 V70 AWD turbo. This is a awesome car; does everything well. Nicely styled in and out. Extremely quick, handles like a sports car, stops as quickly as it goes forward, very comfortable on day-long road trips, very composed in emergency/panic situations (it provides the handling/control necessary to avoid accidents; the first step of this car's safety systems). If the worst happens, driver/passenger injury will be minimized or avoided due to numerous safety systems. For me, this car does it all.
Now, all of this safety/performance does require proper maintenance to keep all of it's design functions operating as Volvo intended. You cannot expect to maintain this car like a Chevy. It's reliability, safety and performance come at a price. You must follow the maintenance requirements/schedules and have repairs/service done by people who really know these cars and give a damn about their work. A few examples: head gasket failure will occur if the coolant is not replaced as required and the proper coolant is used (it must be the yellow/Prestone type; not the green or some other one, and it needs to be mixed 50/50 with distilled water, not tap water). How many Volvo owners neglect this and then blame the car when trouble happens. You must use Volvo quality brake parts not Chinese cheap crap to maintain the high-level of braking performance. The rear Nivomat shocks are very expensive but are part of Volvo's safety and will eventually need to be replaced at some point; knowing when this point has come and not neglecting it because of the cost is how you stay safe. When it comes to tires and balancing/alignment; again, no skimping here; Chinese junk tires are out, only high performance major manufacturer tires up to Volvo's requirements. Another important one; the engine's PCV system needs to be serviced at 100,000 miles; this requires removing the intake manifold and changing out the catch tank and all of the rubber/plastic hoses/fittings and cleaning the related systems as required; neglect this costly service and you will start blowing out your oil seals and cause further damage. You can easily check to see if your PCV system needs servicing by pulling the engine oil dipstick when the engine is warm and running. If you see smoke/vapors coming from the tube, your system is clogged and needs the service. Also, more often than not, your "check engine" yellow light will be on because of this. The Automatic transmission needs it's fluid replaced at regular intervals to keep it shifting as designed and be reliable; it's a very simple service; just requires pulling the transmission drain plug, draining the fluid and refilling; no filter change is required. One note: you will only remove 3 or 4 quarts of trans fluid with this procedure and therefore, will need to do this at least 3 times to adequately flush out the old fluid. I run the car for 50 to 100 miles and do the drain and refill again; keep doing this until the trans fluid is a reddish/pink color, not the brownish color it probably was before. After this, you will notice the transmission will shift much more positive/firmly; the way a European car should and if done on a timely basis, will help the trans last the life of the car. There are many more examples but you get the picture and I'll say it again; only Volvo specified parts or you're taking chances.
So when you hear people complain about these fine cars or say they're trouble-prone, costly or unreliable; please remember; Volvo's safety/performance/reliability does come at a price. I think it's well worth it.