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Volvo S70 repairs by problem area

Engine (40%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (4%)

Brakes and Traction Control (13%)

Suspension and Steering (20%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (1%)

Other (2%)

Chart based on 240 repairs.

Volvo S70 engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (12%)

$500 - $999 (22%)

$100 - $499 (49%)

< $100 (12%)

Chart based on 49 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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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 mi

US $250
Fuel level sender faulty. 
154500 mi

US $350
Oil pickup tube seals replaced to remedy top-end tick at idle. 
158000 mi

US $700
Water pump replaced due to slow coolant loss. 
171000 mi

US $503
Front cam seals leaking; replaced cam seals and timing belt (oil on belt) 
180000 mi

US $500
Radiator leaking. Replaced. 
183000 mi

US $450
Heater core giving off coolant smell--pinhole leak 
190300 mi

US $690
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 mi

US $1500
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 mi

US $130
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 mi

US $20
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 mi

US $240
Replaced leaking radiator 
208000 mi

US $50
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 mi 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 mi

US $80
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 mi

US $50
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 
238000 mi

US $2
SAS (secondary air pump) was squealing and making a racket- a common problem as condensation causes rust and it will eventually quit running. When it stops running it will cause a check engine light. Add a diode - an easy fix from You Tube! 
124000 mi

US $1325
Also from new car inspection, 3 engine mounts replaced. 
136000 mi 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 mi 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 mi 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 mi

Car stalled from time to time. Bad MAF was replaced. 

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Volvo S70 Engine Problems

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