1998 Volvo S70 2.4 from North America
Horrible engineering and major problems with the timing belt tensioner
Major issues with the timing belt tensioner, causing total engine failure.
Followed all maintenance and had timing belt replaced at 60k.
Tensioner fell apart, resulting in valve damage and loss of compression. Volvo quoted over 4000 to fix. Engine gone at only 95k miles!!!
Volvo knew about the problem with a technical service bulletin, and never fixed this issue with mechanical pulley tensioners.
Same interior complaints with door liners and seats.
Same complaints about bulbs and lighting and brakes.
The car is engineered horribly. Followed every maintenance guideline, and it did not even go until 100k miles.
Volvo dealer replaced my timing belt and did not replace the tensioner, and said that is normal. However every other dealer disagrees. I am disgusted that the tensioner fails and causes the total loss of the engine.
Horrible engineering or great way to make money.
Change your timing belt and tensioner, or you will be out a minimum of 4k.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th December, 2010
14th Sep 2011, 09:30
You must have got a lemon. I drive a 98 S70 T5 SE, 312,000, daily, never a murmur. Best car I have ever purchased. I've driven Honda, Saab, Audi (the worst), Ford, Chevy, and Mitsubishi.
29th Nov 2011, 17:36
The dealer should absolutely have replaced the tensioner. This engine design is going to self-destruct if the timing belt or any component holding the timing belt fails, including the tensioner. Volvo knows this, and every dealer knows this.
1st Dec 2011, 11:44
Looks like your main fault is with the dealer, rather than the car...
7th Jan 2012, 03:06
I own a 1998.. It has 130k on it and it runs fine. It might be particular models.
2nd May 2013, 17:05
I agree with other posters, this would be a service and/or warranty issue, not an engineering issue. Volvo service guidelines are spelled out very clearly in the owner's manual re "the timing belt and pulley to be changed at 100,000..." and are followed by all accredited dealerships.
I suspect there is more to this story than meets the eye, otherwise the customer would have had reasonable recourse.
I've owned a 240 series and 850 Turbo. Both excellent vehicles with design features far and above most other cars. If maintained (simple) they will go forever. My mortgage is in its final year well before the amortization period due to these great cars. Thanks Volvo!
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