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Volvo V70 Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

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...

Drive Train -- Verified

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.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

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.

Brakes -- Verified

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.

Drive Train -- Verified

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)

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 V70 Questions and Answers

showgirl12, 1998 Volvo V70, Grand Rapids, MI

WHERE DO I PUT STOP LEAK THAT SEALS OIL LEAKS>

JoeDeeJay51, 1998 Volvo V70, w/o Turbo, Santa Clara, CA

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...

carajean92, 1998 Volvo V70, w/o Turbo, Centreville, VA

my steering wheel shakes whenever I reach speeds 60 mph and above. What is problem? How can I fix it?

jsc, 1998 Volvo V70, w/o Turbo, Seattle, WA

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...

a6flyboy, 1998 Volvo V70, Virginia Beach, VA

how do you replace the fuel pressure damper on a 98 v70?

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Volvo V70 Reviews

I have really enjoyed the drive and feel for my Volovo v70 but im having issues with my speedometer the needle is showing much faster speed to the actual speed the car is doing for example im driving 30mph and the needle on speedometer is showing 40mph/50mph which is worrying I don't no if I have to recalibrate the speedometer if so could anyone tell me how to recalibrate I have took my car the Volvo v70 to the mechanics to get it checked over and was a waste of time did not no what the problem was and told me to buy a new speed sensor which has been installed and still nothing it has also had brand new disc's, shoes, pads and backing plates I just don't no what else to do to fix my speedometer any help will be much appreciated.

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.

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