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Volvo S70



  • lweisslweiss Posts: 342
    My $1500-$2000 repairs and maintenance are for things like the 60K maintenance (maybe $600-800), some sensors that go bad and need replacement, minor electrical things that are pretty expensive (like my power antenna that broke- $180), then oil changes, things like brake pads (Volvos have good brakes but go through the pads quickly), clogged up windshield washers that needed new (and expensive) nozzles and even a radio replacement (about $300). It adds up.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,070
    i had just figured this out the other day. To the best of my recollection, over the past 3.5 years, I have averaged about $725 a year.


    Lweiss just reminded me that I had to fix my antenna, but that only cost me about $25 (FYI, you can get a new mast/nylon gear thingy online and take apart and rebuild the unit - its a big PITA, but obviously saves quite a bit of cash).


    But that illustrates why my cost is low. I have done most of the work myself. Other than $29 oil changes at the local Volvo independent mechanic and the 2 trips to the dealer for sensors I couldn't diagnose (about $200 average per trip), I've taken care of the rest. To date, I've done 2 full tune-ups, a timing belt, shocks/struts and mounts, all pads and rotors once, then front pads and rotors again along with one seized caliper, and the cabin filter a couple of times. I think that about covers it. Oh, and 3 tranny flushes (which also had done at dealer, so add that to the list of non-self-performed maintenance).

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • Hi all,


    I'm new to this site and am having trouble locating the info. I need. I have a 99 S70 with 95,000 miles on it, and I notice that when I turn, doesn't matter, left or right but usually when pulling into a parking space, sometimes I notice a strange noise. I had it in once and they told me that something called splines (??) were rubbing together, so they fixed it by gluing them back in place, but it seems that didn't really help after all. People I've asked seem to think it could be an axle problem, which sounds expensive to me. The car is under warranty until May and is due for a 97500 checkup in April. Any ideas on this noise?


    Also, the dealership just sent me some "coupons" and I have no idea if they're good deals or not. Disc brake special that includes replacing brake pads, inspecting brake rotors and calipers, and inspecting parking brake operation costs $139.24 per axle. I'm looking at the owner's manual trying to figure out exactly what they're going to check on the car when I take it in, but unfortunately I don't have it right in front of me right now. I didn't think they were doing anything but checking the pads for this checkup, so is this $139.24 a good deal? Any thoughts? Basically I need to get a Volvo for Dummies book because while I've had the thing for 2 years and it's given me very minor problems, it's now getting older and I want to be sure that I don't get taken by the dealers....everyone's nightmare, I suppose. So any guidance, help, etc. will be greatly appreciated.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,070
    What kind of noise? Grinding noise?

    Usually, when you get noises turning the wheel at low speeds (like parking), this is just a matter of the steering stops needing grease. Mine got to the point where the noise was VERY harsh, and I didn't think just greasing the steering stops could possibly fix such a noise ... but I was wrong.


    So... $270 to do brake pads and a brake inspection? Sounds kinda pricey. Maybe check with a brake specialist kinda place like Meineke (or is it Midas?) and see what they would charge for such a service. They also warranty the brakes for the life of the car after they do the job, so don't forget that added bonus.


    For more in depth technical info on your particular car (mine is a '98, which is a bit different), you may want to check out swedespeed or volvospeed. There is also a list of maintenance information and instructions on the latter.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • Thank you thank you thank you for pointing me in the direction of some more information. The noise in particular could be construed as a grinding noise, I suppose. To me, and it's especially noticable when I make a left turn, it sounds like a little pop. What's really frustrating is that it doesn't do it all the time, and not usually when I make a slow, wide turn - just when I do a hard fast turn (which I know I shouldn't do and I'm working on that).


    Thanks again for your help!!!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,070
    no problem.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • hutch7hutch7 Posts: 88
    I recently purchased a '98 S-70 and it does not have a CD player. Does anyone know if the car is pre-wired for a changer? Is it better to simply get an after market radio?


    Also, I seem to have broken the drivers door lock last night by manually locking the door. Electric lock still works but the stem not longer seems to be attached to anything. Is there some unspoken Volvo rule against using the door lock manually?


    I do have a good independent shop I used back in the '80's when I owned 2 Volvo's.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,070
    door lock is a new one on me.


    No CD player?? I had absolutely no idea this was even an option. Well, the best solution I can think of is to pick up a whole new head unit off Ebay. I see them all the time. there are various models, but a couple of the numbers I can think of off the top of my head are SC-816 and SC-901.


    Since I never heard of no CD player, I have no idea if your particular car can take the CD changer.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • hutch7hutch7 Posts: 88
    In '98 the CD player was an option. I hesitate buying one of the e-bay radios as I have had reliability problems with Volvo audio in the past.


    I'm thinking I'll put a nice Alpine system in, should sound nice with those 8 speakers.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,070
    ah, now i see, it was only standard on the T5.


    FWIW, I absolutely love my stock stereo. Its the best sounding system I've ever had. 7 years old and still going strong, too.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Most S70's were not pre-wired for CD changers. However the off the shelf Alpine changer should work. It wasn't until later that the radio design was changed to dissuade people from using the aftermarket Alpine(as opposed to the factory sourced Alpine) changer.
  • hutch7hutch7 Posts: 88
    Timing belt is $163.50 at my local Volvo Independent shop... by the way I bought a '98 S70 2 months ago, other than killing it the first day I owned it by washing the engine (who knew Volvo used actual rotors under the caps in '98??) It's been a blast to drive and the most comfortable cars I've ever driven.
  • jonbaumjonbaum Posts: 1
    This is similar to 628 but in a 98 S70 GLT. The engine will run for about 10 seconds and quit. It does not seem to run the fuel pump, however I can remove its fuse and reinsert it and it will pressurize the line so it will run again for another 10 seconds and quit. Any ideas?
  • I have a startng problem with my S70. I was waiting for my son and I had the keys in the ignition but only to run the radio. When it was time to start the car it turned over and started like normal, but when it went to idle down it died. Did this 4 or 5 times then on the 6th time as the car started, I reved it up for about 5 or 6 seconds and when it idled down it was ok. Same thing happened to my wife with her key. Anyone have any idea of what is going on?????

    Thanks for your response.
  • bowmanzabowmanza Posts: 7
    I just bought my first volvo last wed. I bought a 98 volvo s70 with 100k on it. Now that may seem high, but i was reassured that this was totally ok by volvo standards.
    I do have a few questions... I have noticed a few things 1) the intenna makes noise when i turn off the car, but does not descend into the car... what does that mean? 2) Are michelins good tires to put on the car, if so what kind? 3) I read that for the turbo, which i have, that changing the oil every 5,000 miles is normal... really? 4) Finally, Should I take in the car for a 100k check up.... is that normal.
    I am such a novice, so any advice would be great. By the way i love this car. Life seems, at least, a little better in a volvo.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Antenna noise means you need a new antenna, the plastic grooves are stripped so the antenna won't retract.

    Michelins are fine if expensive. Continentals and Falkens are cheaper alternatives.

    Oil change interval for the S70 turbo was every 5,000 miles.

    You do need to find out if the timing belt has been changed, if not it is time to do so.

    Good luck
  • reds70reds70 Posts: 4
    I have a 99 S70 with over 100k, and I am having issues with the spark plugs not firing. It seems that the distributor cap leaks and water condenses, or some problem of that sort. Anyone else have this issue? Am I missing something?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,070
    volvomax covered your questions.

    BUT, I wanted to expand on the oil change interval. IF your driving habits fall into the more severe category (short drives, commonly cold temps, stop and go traffic), you should change it more often. I would say if you are 75% highway driving, then 5K miles is fine ... as long as you don't go to JiffyLube-type places.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,070
    i'm not clear on your question. Is there water under the cap? Or are you saying it acts like there is?

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • bowmanzabowmanza Posts: 7
    I really appreciate the help, thank you both. Any other advice? One more question... there is a kinda tick when the engine is running, you could even call it a modest knock, does that spell trouble or is that the normal volvo engine noise. Just to clarify the knock isn't abrasive, just noticeable. Thanks again.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Sounds like the lifters are noisy.
    Not dangerous, just annoying.
  • reds70reds70 Posts: 4
    yes, it does seem that there is water, but no cap. The coil apparently has gone bad in one cylinder. Is this a mileage thing? It seems to happen after it has rained. So how does that effect the coil?
  • lngtonge18lngtonge18 Posts: 2,228
    If the coil pack is cracked and allows moisture in it, it will act just like the old rotors when they cracked, aka bad misfire and loss of power. Replace the bad coil and your problem will disappear. But it could also simply be bad spark plug wires.
  • ericqericq Posts: 6
    I have done a few antenna jobs. If your antenna is like my '93 850 you will only need to replace the antenna mast, not the whole motor assembly. It is easy and cheap(under $50 p&l). Make sure it is lubed periodically. As for timing belt, look at Gates rubber web site for info on which car motors have something called an interference design. Not going to go into it here. Many Volvos have it and it means that you should not delay timing belt change, even though the job is all labor and only $25 for belt.
  • I've read thru many posts on this forum. We purchased a 98 S70 T5 in mid 1998 and it has been an excellent vehicle. We also purchased the extended warranty which covers everthing on the car for 150,000 miles. We have had a few occasions to use the extended warranty (ABS system failure, A/C computer replacement,etc...) but overall this has been a great car to drive. We have had the dealer service the car every 5,000 miles (as it has the high pressure turbo), to ensure there was no question on our warranty coverage. We have however used Synthetic Oil in the car since it was brand new (changed at around 500 miles). If you want to ensure your engine will continue to purr, I highly recommend using a true full synthetic oil. The oil is 5w40, and is made in the USA. We have had very few problems with the car and the engine is as sound today as it was when we first purchased. I have not experienced any of the problems that I've seen mentioned in other posts. But you have to make sure you get your car serviced by a Volvo trained shop, be it an independent or a dealer. This has been an excellent car for us and I expect it to run to at least 500,000 miles. That's what we had on our 1985 760 Turbo before we retired the car. I also don't see where the services costs are any greater than Toyota....our daughter had a Camry and the service costs were pretty much equivalent to what we payed for our respective services. To date we are very happy with the vehicle!
  • I was wondering if anyone here might have directions for replacing the speakers in a 98 s70 glt. I'm planning on replacing them with blaupunkt. Also I was wondering if anyone knew of a head unit that could control an ipod, has sub preouts, plays mp3 and is of good quality. Thank you very much for your help.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,070
    Just in case nobody has an answer for you here, volvonation, I wanted to post so you know you aren't being ignored. ;)

    In any case, you may want to look through the reference and maintenance sections on volvospeed - i believe they have some radio and speaker instructions on there that may help you. AND/OR, try a place like crutchfield for head unit ideas.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • bowmanzabowmanza Posts: 7
    How would one go about replacing an antenna mast? And I went to the Gates website, but I didnt see what it was that you were talking about. Thanks for the imput!
  • I have a 2000 S70 SE. My driver door latch to open my fuel door and truck does not work. I understand that there is no emergency fuel door release. Could it be a fuse? Before I run out of gas and bust open the door, anyone have any advice?
  • Thanks gbrozen. I'll have a look at that site. I've looked at crutchfield but I've had issues with them in the past as they didn't always send me the wiring kits with the stereo. They also don't have any radios that are factory fit but all need to be modified. Do you happen to know of any stereos that will take the entire space the factory radio takes up?
    Thanks again for your help
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