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Volvo S70 Engine Problems

28 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Volvo S70. 45 of these members (160.7%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 92 engine repairs to Volvo S70s--an average of 3.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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1999 Volvo S70 4-door

turbocharged 5-cylinder automatic 2WD

85000 mi US $150 Temp sensor needed to be replaced 
147000 US $250 Fuel level sender faulty. 
154500   Oil pickup tube seals replaced to remedy top-end tick at idle. 
158000   Water pump replaced due to slow coolant loss. 
171000   Front cam seals leaking; replaced cam seals and timing belt (oil on belt) 
180000   Radiator leaking. Replaced. 
183000   Heater core giving off coolant smell--pinhole leak 
190300   Misfire on #2 cylinder, coilpack arcing. All coils replaced as precaution. 

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1998 Volvo S70

Engine not specified

95000 mi US $100 ABS module went bad -- this is a known problem on this model car. I traded my module for a refurbished module from an online source posted on a Volvo Owner's forum. 

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1998 Volvo S70 4-door

turbocharged 5-cylinder automatic 2WD

162000 mi US $300 S70 ran off the road and would not start. Unplugged the MAF sensor to safely start and drive home in limp mode. The next day discovered the intercooler had a crack...replaced intercooler myself and problem solved. Also went and had an alignment done. 
183000   Tensioner pulley lost its cap in the path of the timing belt (after timing belt replacement only 40K miles ago with Tensioner pulley) and caused the timing to skip, rendering all intake valves to get bent- I had to have my engine completely rebuilt. 
183300   Heater core leaked into driver's side foot well- all foam soaked through, had to cut out the foam, dry it and reglue it as well as replace the heater core which I ordered from an online vendor. All is well now. 
199000   Radiator over-flow tank cap cracked. Replaced with one from Autozone but it leaked...terrible. Bought genuine Volvo one locally for $20 because I was in a hurry to go on a trip- this solved the problem. 
205000   Replaced leaking radiator 
208000   Missing in Cylinder 4...a few times. I had changed wires last year. This time I changed cap.rotor...seems problem has cleared up- rotor appeared quite worn. I had a short (ground was getting power) on my ignition- fuel injection circuit 1 (1st cylinder). Had to cut the wire and use a new one from the circuit to the ground on the computer. Then, my idle air control shorted internally. 
213500   TEmp gauge went in the red but would then come back down- got a P0118 error- ECT... Replaced it and thermostat- easy repair! It was hard to know though if it was really the ECT or the thermostat as the upper radiator hose would not get hot. 
216000   Once again the temp sensor was going bonkers- I just had this problem in November. Changed out the Engine Coolant Sensor to a Volvo one and replaced the thermostat again to a Mahle. The older Autozone one was broken, stuck in only a month 
218700   Turbo oil rerun line blew out causing most of my oil to be lost and stranding me until a ride to go buy oil, some ramps and temporary repair until I got home and replaced the o-ring 
124000 US $1325 Also from new car inspection, 3 engine mounts replaced. 
136000   Symptoms: -Flashing climate system lights (recirculate & off buttons) & white film on lower windshield. -Flashing coolant light. (Major) Parts Replaced List: -A/C air intake sensor. -Radiator, Heater Core, Thermostat & ECT sensor.  
139000   Went in for regular oil change and was told car was due for timing belt. While mechanic was replacing timing belt, he discovered water pump was leaking. Replaced both at same time (cost-saving labor-wise for owner to replace at same time). 
146000   Symptoms: Reduced engine power & engine cutting out/stalling. Towed in to local indy shop; vehicle would not start at shop. Problem traced to fuel pump relay. Replaced fuel pump relay. 

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1998 Volvo S70 4-door

5-cylinder automatic 2WD

270000 mi   Radiator leaking and caused head gasket to fail. 
91140 $600 Car stalled from time to time. Bad MAF was replaced. 

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