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Volvo XC70 Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo XC70 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 address this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptatio...

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 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.

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 XC70 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., October 31, 2007

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Due to a software error, the side curtain and side impact air bags may be slow to deploy, increasing the risk of injury to vehicle occupants in the event of a crash. Additionally, air bag warning messages may be erroneously displayed. Dealers will update the air bag (SRS) control module software to correct the concern. This recall is expected to begin by October 31, 2007. The Volvo recall number is 184.

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Body, Interior & Misc., February 20, 2008

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Certain vehicles equipped with integrated child booster seats were assembled with warning labels that did not include the statement, "Death or serious injury can occur" if child safety systems are not used according to the manufacturer's instructions. Dealers will install new warning labels as necessary. The recall is expected to begin on February 20, 2008. The Volvo recall number is 189.

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Body, Interior & Misc., December 19, 2003


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Body, Interior & Misc., January 31, 2008

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Certain vehicles were manufactured with a tire information label missing the wheel size information. Owners will be provided with a new label and installation instructions. Dealers will install the new label for owners who would rather not install their own. This recall is expected to begin by January 31, 2009. The Volvo recall number is 186.

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Engine, July 8, 2009

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The engine cooling fan may stop working without warning due to a software error. Depending on the conditions, the occupants may experience reduced air conditioning performance and/or rapid heating of the engine temperature. The driver may not have sufficient time to react to the warning lights before engine failure, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the fan control module free of charge. The recall began July, 2009. The Volvo recall number is R214.

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Volvo XC70 Questions and Answers

notagain, 2003 Volvo XC70, w/o Turbo, Denver, CO

Apologize for such rambling last night . . unable to year of car on todays drop downs - used 2003 as oldest car is 1998!!!!.a few more details that occurred to me . . .the two possible suggestions ...

faceoff, 2003 Volvo XC70, w/o Turbo, Fort Lee, NJ

noise after engine is stopped... also, whinning noise inside the car constant
Is this normal or is the Volvo dealer not addessing the problem correctly?

faceoff, 2003 Volvo XC70, Turbo, Fort Lee, NJ

I need front braks...how do I know if the router need to be cut or not?

r cloward, 2003 Volvo XC70, w/o Turbo, Citrus Heights, CA

ETS light is on. What can I expect is the problem. I have a 2000 XC70

Val_2, 2003 Volvo XC70, Turbo, Oakland, TN

When I make sharp turns left or right there is a grinding noise. What may this be?

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Volvo XC70 Reviews

At 140,000 miles the transmission was shifting hard in the first 3 gears and sometime going into a neutral position when going from reverse to Drive and visa-versa. I had quotes from 1800.00 to 2500.00 for a rebuild and up to $4000.00 for a new trans from Sweden.
I had purchased a vehicle protection plan and they ended up covering this repair (took nearly 3 weeks though). Only reimbursed $35 a day for rental car. Cost me an extra $10/day with required coverage. They opted to put a used trans and trans-axle from a wreaked XC70. So far so good. This Protection plan cost me $2600.

Presently I'm trying to simply replace some light bulbs and window washer pump motor, which is not covered. The license plate light burned out and that was simple to replace. 1 screw for each lens, pull lens down and then pull back to slide grip plate out of it's socket. Pull bulb straight out and insert new. Reverse assembly.

A much more difficult task is to replace the front side marker lights. On the 2006, unless you have very small and strong hands, you must remove the air filter box on driver side and window washer filler tube on passenger side. Both socket turn toward the rear of car for removal.

Removal to the wiper juice motor is proving to be a real pain. Anyone have experience with this?
All the best, Steve
Good luck.

This is our 3rd Volvo. I have been very happy with all 3. This one has something going on I don't understand. Initially, I noticed a howling - building up the wooooooo sound is about all I can say, that seemed associated with wet roads for some reason. No engine lights, no warning lights, and not all the time. The other day it did it just driving on dry pavement, wooooooooo continuously until you slow down - pretty much around 50 or more. It didn't do it again when speed was regained. Now I have a check engine light, no wooooo and it is not running bad. I went to the local Autozone, put it on their computer and get a note about air - somewhere it could have a vacuum line cracked or leaking, bad sensor, not enough air, something like that. Heck, i can't find but two vacuum lines even with the map on the bottom of the hood. If I hold down the trip odometer with the switch in the first position, I get a code of 042. Any ideas?

This is, quite simply, the best Volvo we've ever owned. We've had several over the years including V70, 740, 760, + more. The car gets excellent gas mileage for a car of this size and weight. We really like the design and the handling of the car as well as the paint color and durability. Ours has 45,000 miles and still looks like it's brand new (2007.) We plan on keeping this car for some time and really enjoy it. Only problem we've even had so far was a minor issue with the park assist sensor that shuts down the
AM radio.

2 speakers replaced, driver side , pax side after one year,
window washer system + tank complet new installed,after 2 yrs.
30,000 miles Service $ 720...+ tax ???

I love my XC 70. It will cruise at a 100+.................. Tons of Brakes............ Drift when necessary....... Looks Slow!

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