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Volvo V70/XC70: Problems & Solutions



  • 2006v702006v70 Posts: 5
    This time my 2006 V70 2.5T broke down on me while I was driving 70MPH on a very busy highway in the fast lane. I tried to accelerate and had no power. Fortunately, the car had enough momentum so I could pull over onto the shoulder. I was then stuck in a car that would not start up at all in over 100F weather with my 2 kids in the car for about an hour, and Volvo's roadside assistance was not the greatest. However, I'm counting my blessings b/c the car could have stalled at a slower speed in the middle lane, and I most certainly would have been hit by another vehicle.
    The car is now at the dealer again, and I have a feeling that this current problem is related to the previous episode when my car stalled at a car wash.
    The problem with the tire pressure warning system was finally fixed, but only after many phone calls to Volvo customer service and by involving the regional manager. Volvo actually had to call the dealer to get things done.
    Needless to say at this point I'm even more frustrated than before with Volvo.
    Please post if anyone else has had similar experiences. I would love to know if my vehicle is a mutant or if there is a broader problem. I LOVE my car, but seriously am considering getting rid off it and not go with Volvo again.
  • 2006v702006v70 Posts: 5
    Picked up the car from the shop. Turns out that the fuel sensor was defective and car ran out of gas, even though the fuel gauge was indicating that the tank was still half-full. Volvo dealer replaced sensor and fuel pump. Yet another electrical problem...
  • gedafegedafe Posts: 8
    Yep, same here. I have a 2001 Volvo V70 2.4T (80K) and have had the ETM replaced ($1000)[sidenote: Volvo is currently issuing a refund/update to the ETM for ETM-related problems], and the clunk which I have doesn't seem to affect performance, but I think it's related to the sway bar linkage in the front suspension. According to our Volvo dealership, they said that nothing was wrong, but that the sway bars were loose. However, I think the linkage is broken, and allows the suspension to move upon starting up from a stopped position causing a clunk of the suspension moving against the frame of the car... geez, it seems that most of the time, I know what's wrong with my car before Volvo can figure it out, and the dealership justs overprices the repairs. (Soapbox note: Last time I was in, I was asked what services I wanted done on my car concerning the noises I was hearing. Shouldn't they be able to troubleshoot?) Anyway, I'm not sure the sway bar repairs are a DIY job, but if you can, more power to you.

    On a second thought, has anyone figured out what the secret to non-warping front brake rotors on the V70? I'm on my third set in 80K miles. That seems a bit obsurd.
  • cdnfoolcdnfool Posts: 2
    I have a 2001 v70 T5 and had the same problem. The gas gauge didn't work either. The dealer had to re-program the computer that controls that portion of the electric's. Don't know how many computers there are but have had to have - engine management, automatic climate, locking system and transmission computers all re-programmed in the year and a half I have owned the car.
  • blckislandguyblckislandguy Posts: 1,150
    I posted some time ago about how much we like our silver '01 XC wagon. Great winter vehicle. Great handling on the Interstates with two couples and lots of luggage aboard, etc. Probably the best seats in the business. BUT, there have been some problems. Lots of them. Most fixed under warranty. For a complete list you could look under an earlier post, but as I recall the transmission, front struts, electric latch on the rear door, Emmission Thottle Module, and other parts have all been replaced under warranty. Maybe more. Non warranty items include the brakes and rotors for a cool $1100, front control arms, and other repairs.

    We take good care of the car (Mobil 1, wash it regularly with frequent detailing, don't let things go before fixing them). To avoid oil coking on a hot turbo, I even raise the hood to help dissapate the heat from the engine when we come off the road after a long drive on a hot day. Now at 70K miles we want to keep it out to at least 125K.

    But, here we go again. This week two lights came on in rapid succession: check engine light and check emissions. Took it into the dealer and they re-set or adjusted the emissions unit under warranty. (Sorry, can't get full details from my wife.) The very next day, the car would only run on 5 cylinders and the number 3 injector needed to be replaced. That cost $300.

    This car has had a lot of service issues in its young life. The dealer is poor. A big sign in the service department says that all cars will be washed before being returned to the customer. Ours has been washed once in 6 years. I have found enough Snap On tools in the engine compartment following service work to stock a Snap On truck. Sure loaners are available. If you book the service work three weeks ahead. Who has that kind of lead time with brakes, ETM issues, etc.?

    Here's the dilemma: we like the car when it is running and would like to get more use out of it without buying a new car. If we do buy a new car, to get the kind of hand holding I think we deserve, we would have to step up from "near luxury" to "luxury" and buy a Mercedes E Class wagon. The E Class Fourmatic is nowhere near the vehicle as the XC70 despite a 20K higher price.
  • jomotojomoto Posts: 12
    Sama like a slight vibration....not too noticeable, but can be noted after a time driving...I noted this happens specially whern driving on rugged pavment, or uneven surfaces in if the pedal was in connection with the suspension, not the engine...
  • jomotojomoto Posts: 12
    I've had mine for few time, but does not seem it will fit for the 4x4 purposes...I think it was created to beat high snow, or mud of the kind you find in countriside roads, but not much more......enyway, I think is perfect fot that¡¡¡
  • bcoolbcool Posts: 59
    I had a similar problem, which was puzzling me for a while. Then my tire went flat. The tire had started coming apart. I had sliced it up either on a rock or a manhole cover, and it was bulging. The vibration in the gas pedal was due to the tire imbalance. A thorough inspection of the tire would have caught the problem.
  • jomotojomoto Posts: 12
    Just opened the hood today to look at the engine and found that the vent frame has two screws (hex 10mm) and noted it had lost one of them and the other was loosen. Maybe this is because the vent can hardly be perfectly balanced as in any car, but is a potentially dangerous situation for the engine. So I got another screw and tightened both firmly. Please check that so you dont find yourselves that the vent caused a mess in the place because it was loosen. Also noted the oil bayonette does not seal perfectly and oil drops on the air intake hose. Considering is rubber I am afraid it can be damaged sooner or later, so I cleaned with ecology friendly dirt remover. Besides this our 2002 XC rides beautifuly on highway and has plenty of power to pass or climb. Greetings from Mexico city
  • craig23craig23 Posts: 2
    I have a 2001 V70 XC and I have had the same experience. 70mph, lost of ability to accelerate. This has happened 3 times. Once, when I pulled over, the car stalled. The car has stalled twice since. No check engine light or computer reading.

    Did you learn anything at the dealer? My dealer just shakes his head.

  • gedafegedafe Posts: 8
    You may want to go in and get the upgraded throttle electronic module re-uploaded. Currently, it's a Volvo fix-without-recall, and costs nothing, except that the dealership might bust a $85 service charge if they find something else wrong with your car. I just ended up paying a $700 charge for additional repairs on the front brake rotor replacements, and a 80K tune up, for what was supposed to be a free ETM upgrade.
  • craig23craig23 Posts: 2

    I did go in and they upgraded the software, but did not replace the ETM. Apparently they can, but they need to see the correct diagnostic codes first. To date, no codes have shown up.

    Any suggestions? If I want to pay for it myself, I can get it done but I pay for it. If I wait, it will keep stalling.
  • gedafegedafe Posts: 8
    Hmm, well if you want to pay for it, then yes, it may solve the problem. The codes for mine came up first though, and following the replacement ($1300), I've had no troubles (1 year and counting). However, the other thing that may hint at the ETM needing replacement in addition to the accelerator just failing is that you have a weird type of start-up after coming to a complete stop... kind of like the feeling of a drop in transmission or a lag in breaks releasing. These two things in addition to the accelerator failure at 70mph (mine actually failed at 65-70 while trying to pass a semi). There could be other things wrong that get the car stalling though: I think it's VERY strange that Volvo can't find the problem, coding or otherwise. Their service teams nowadays seem to lack the ability to fix things without the use of their handy-dandy diagnostic machine (which just to run it to get codes costs $85).
  • jomotojomoto Posts: 12
    Last Friday on a trip, and after taking the car out of the Motel we were staying in, drove to the gas station..filled up and starting the engine again was very difficult... I even thougt I would need to look for some assistance...then it started and everything was just fine...but after 5-7 stops during my trip, I found the same problem...any ideas what mey be wrong? I do not want to be stranded¡¡¡¡¡ :(
  • jomotojomoto Posts: 12
    Just bought my 2002 XC, but noted two tires had different wear patterns, and even one of them was already in the warning signs, so I replaced all of them for Michelin.
    I have read about the sensitiveness of the viscous coupling of the transmission, and wonder if mi car's is damaged or gow can I know if it suffered any damage due the use of tires of different wear rates....Any suggestions? :confuse:
  • Our 2001 XC70 turned 'five' on July 16th. On July 20th, with only 52,000 miles, driving along on the highway, the transmission suddenly 'shifted' into 'neutral' response to the gas pedal, down shifting, etc. And, importantly, no idot light and no message displayed. Luckily, and I do mean very luckily, I was able to coast to a stop...turn the car off, start it up, and then pull away in what felt like 'safe mode', a very labored first gear, which revved high, strained, and shifted into second and then, bang, into neutral again. Turn off car. Start car, same thing...a very shaky and repeatedly failing 'limp home' mode that would not allow me to drive faster than 10 mph, and even then it just randomly quit.
    No codes, no idiot lights. Limped about half a mile and parked, needing to shift to reverse to finish reverse, and then no forward, either. Shut off car, started it, and finally a "Service Transmission Urgent" message. Towed to dealer. Dealer says 'solenoid failure, but we can't reliably tell which one or ones are involved'. Options: 1) replace solenoids for $1,900.00 or 2) replace entire transmission for $3,400.
    No warranty. Volvo Corporate says too bad, so sad, sucks to be you.

    5 years, 52K. This car's rear shocks destroyed a set of tires (faithfully rotated), requiring new shocks and a new set of tires. The ignition key tumbler failed and had to be replaced, $450. Now a new transmission for $3,400.

    No dealer will give me a decent trade in once they check the VIN# and see the service record. Volvo's corporate customer service won't step up to the plate or acknowledge the serious hazard this sort of failure creates. "Try merging onto an urban expressway or passing on a two lane only to have your car lose all power", I said to the Volvo Corporate Service rep in NJ via phone. "Yeah, that would be bad", he said, "But what do you expect us to do?"

    We bought the Volvo for its reputation as a safe, reliable car.
    That's why our next Volvo will be a Subaru.

    Apparently, we're not the only XC70 owners who have been endangered and then screwed over by Volvo Coporate and Volvo Dealers. Wonder what they'll do when it gets a family with kids killed?
  • cel727cel727 Posts: 1
    Just bought a 2002 XC70 volvo wagon with 44,500 miles from a dealer. Occasionally there is a 'barking' sound from the rear whilst driving. Have a few weeks to work with dealer. Anyone knows what it is? They applied some compound to the axels before we picked it up last week, do you think that is connected to the 'bark'? Thank you in advance.
  • I'd return it and get your money back....seriously.
    You're right on the 4 year, 50K warranty bubble.
    You're not the original owner and if you didn't buy it from a Volvo Corporate Certified
    "pre-driven/used" Resale Dealer, then they will do absolutely NOTHING for you.
    In truth, they will find ways to tell you why they will do nothing for you and why
    it's you're fault.

    Run away. Seriously.
  • gedafegedafe Posts: 8
    I agree. Return it, and get yourself another car. If you really want a Volvo go new; then when these cars break (because they will, and many times) you'll be covered under warranty. I got a used 2001 with approx 50K miles a year and a half ago for a great price, but I've had to funnel over $3000 in repairs since. That is NOT the way to own an automobile of a quality that Volvo professes. Volvo is no longer much of a great quality auto producer-expensive junk! If you want a station wagon, your choices are limited to Subaru and Volkswagon for quality cars. They don't have the cargo room or the luxury for the price as the Volvo does but they sure as heck are better quality autos that don't break so often (and expensively). Either way, take it back and run away... fast!
  • jomotojomoto Posts: 12
    Shivers only reading your post¡¡¡ I have been happy with my XC...and have droven if for 3,000 miles, but I'm starting to scare of the possible damages this station wagon can suffer....anyway, considering is very difficult to sell it, and that probably I will get peanuts..I will run the risk and pray not to have sich problems
  • looking for advice please... is there any reason to not pull a small(ish) U-Haul trailer with my 2002 XC70? I am concerned about wrecking the transmission or having some other breakdown. Will stay in the weight limits, though maybe not within the speed recommendation. Oh, and this is for 2000 miles out to California.
    Thanks for the thoughts.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 7,487
    The recent thread of posts on transmission problems has been moved to the V70/XC70 Transmission Problems discussion and you may continue the converstaion there.

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  • Check tow rating and make sure you load the trailer properly (loads shift forward, not backward), evenly distribute the weight from side to side, heavier and dense items in nose and low. I'd be careful of long driving days that are hot and/or also involve mountains.
    Both up and down put a strain on your give it a rest, allow it to idle before shutting down to keep the turbo from cooking the oil...and take some coolant with you in case you need to top off. If you've not driven with a trailer before, take the time to get used to how it effects your handling...lane changes, sudden avoidance, & braking...and, easy does it.
  • jomotojomoto Posts: 12
    Few days ago the alarm went on without any reason (the car was parked inside our house)....few days later the same happened.....So we decided to leave it without alarm when inside the house so no disturbance is caused to the neighbors in case the problem starts and we were away.

    ......Any suggestions?
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 7,487
    I believe the thread you read on the snow tires was here:
    volvomax, "Volvo V70 Wagon Experience" #1681, 29 Jul 2006 10:20 am

    That's in the Volvo V70 Wagon Experience discussion.

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  • jomotojomoto Posts: 12
    I insisted to my wife we should change our Mercedes Benz A190 2002 for this XC70 2002.....I really like its handling, is great in highway..very VERY comfortable, unlike the MB that has a really hard riding and is a back pain machine, but it never failed....this one has the Clunk sound when shifting down and I still do not trust it 100% nevertheless we have driven it for more than 5000 Km.... If I tell her now we have to change this and that after we had to pay a lot more than we got four our
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 7,487
    No doubt you've seen a lot of new discussions and even new vehicle groups popping up all over the forums. What's happening is that we are closing general, catch-all discussions like this one and creating new discussions that focus on different areas of the vehicle.

    Here in the Volvo wagons group, we've created separate groups for each of the models, plus a group for wagons no longer in production. So we have the:

    Volvo XC70 Group
    Volvo V70 Group
    Volvo V50 Group
    Older Volvo Wagons Group

    I've split posts out of this discussion to start up discussions in the V70 and XC70 groups. If you were posting about XC70 problems here, please go to the new XC70 group and check the list for the appropriate discussion.

    Here in the V70 group, you will now find:

    New Volvo V70 Owners: Give Us Your Report!
    Volvo V70 Test Drive: What Did You Think?
    Volvo V70 Owners: Share Your Photos!
    Changes You'd Like To See in the Volvo V70
    Volvo V70 Tire/Wheel Questions
    Volvo V70 Transmission Problems
    Volvo V70 Brake Problems
    Volvo V70 Engine issues
    Volvo V70 Interior & Passenger Comfort Questions
    Volvo V70 Electrical/Lighting Issues
    Volvo V70 Safety Concerns

    to name a few of the new discussions.

    When you are ready to post, please check the discussion list at the main page of the Volvo V70 Group for the appropriate discussion for your comment or question. If you don't see one that fits the bill, please feel free to start up a new discussion.

    Thanks for your understanding and help in making this group a great source of information about the V70!

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