24th Jul 2001, 22:47
I have had the same irritating problems that the others have posted. Living in the Washington DC, area this is a very popular car --- and not surprisingly I am always driving by other V70s with blinking signals, etc. ha ha.
It's a great when there is not an irritating little failure. But for the money, you don't expect this sort of thing.
My previous car, which I luckily still have (back up car!!!) runs like a charm every time I start it up. It is a 94 Acura Integra with 90,000 miles. I only bought the Volvo because it seems to be a safer car.
28th Oct 2002, 20:57
My T5 SE V70 2000 model has 35000 miles on her and has been back to the dealership 37 times... yes 37 times, But must add that volvo uk is now on the case. we will see what happens.
22nd Sep 2004, 20:09
I have a 1999 V70GLT, it had been trouble free up until this year (2004) when everything went wrong.
The valve-train started making noises like a diesel engine, around 65,000 miles. I changed the oil with a 10/40 oil, (no success) I spoke to a friend of mine who has a mechanics shop, who told me, that the rubber seals in the sump has to be changed. I changed them and the noise went away.
The electronic throttle system failed around 70+K miles. It cost us,$1,500.00. The very next day, the car was hard to start, I treated the incident as a fluke and forgave it, it gradually got worse. I took it back to the dealership, it was diagnosed as a bad antenna and ECU wiring harness, at this point I had a fit of rage. The dealership discounted the repair cost, I forked out another $700.00 for the repair, the mechanic at the dealership who did the work, also left some of his tools inside the engine compartment. Less than a month later, the rear shocks failed, all of this happened under 80,000 miles. I will not discuss the brakes saga, and the generally crappy ride. This is my 5th Volvo.
I have read comments from UK owners who do not seem to have the problems of USA owners.
I will not purchase another Volvo until something drastically change.
21st Jun 2007, 20:06
Just recently purchased a 1999 V70 after being a very loyal
740 series owner. The car to me is the absolute polar opposite of the 740 series in a good way, very quite smooth refined not as costly as many seem to have said and lastly a pleasure to drive not have it drive me.
12th Dec 2007, 15:34
After spending over $1,500 on my Chrysler Lebaron with 78k miles and it being in the shop a good dozen times, all in the past 12mths, pretty much any car will seem more reliable to me. I kid you not, something goes wrong about every 5k miles! It's left me stranded for overheating problems twice in the past 4mths. I bought the car with 58k miles. Now, my transmission torque converter is acting weird, the engine hesitates badly, and the interior squeaks and rattles like crazy. A V70 would probably feel like a tank to me.
3rd Jan 2008, 09:49
I just bought Volvo v70. 156 000 km (96 933mls). It was from Germany. I hope that is good for 450 000 km (280k). I have had good old cars: Toyota Hiace 1986, Toyota Corolla 1.6i 1991, Nissan Primera 1992. All has been very care free cars. Sorry to hear you stories about bad volvo's...
V70 from Finland -4C.
3rd Dec 2008, 14:56
I have owned my V70 XLT for several years now and 165000 miles later it's still going strong. I have had a hand full of minor problems plus the expected driveshaft problem with it, but as long as it keeps going for as long as my old 850 (that had 345000 miles on it when a man in a van drove into it!), I will be very pleased..
5th Feb 2009, 13:04
To the person with 2004 V70 that has the problems (May 2008).
Yes, my 2004 S60 (non-turbo) is doing exactly the same thing. They have been unable to ID the problem. Have you had any better luck on finding the cause since your last posting?
28th Dec 2010, 10:18
I have had a 99 V70 since the day it was built. 152000 and still going strong. Keep it maintained, change oil and filter every 5K, and drive it on long trips once or twice a year. Just had it detailed, and will drive it until the wheels fall off! Looking to easily get 10 more years of good service from it.