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Volvo S70 Engine Problems and Repair Histories

Don't infer Volvo S70 problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Volvo S70 repairs by problem area

40% of the Volvo S70 repairs were to the engine, 4% to the transmission, 12% to the brakes, 20% to the suspension, 20% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 1% to the body and trim, and 2% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 223 repairs.

Volvo S70 engine repair cost distribution

Of the Volvo S70 engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 12% cost less than $100, 49% between $100 and $499, 21% between $500 and $999, 14% between $1000 and $2499, and 5% more than $2500.

Chart based on 43 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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Repair costs are in local units.

1999 Volvo S70 4-door

turbocharged 5-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 68000    
85000 150 Temp sensor needed to be replaced 
 
Volvo in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 146000    
147000 250 Fuel level sender faulty. 
154500 350 Oil pickup tube seals replaced to remedy top-end tick at idle. 
158000 700 Water pump replaced due to slow coolant loss. 
171000 503 Front cam seals leaking; replaced cam seals and timing belt (oil on belt) 
180000 500 Radiator leaking. Replaced. 
183000 450 Heater core giving off coolant smell--pinhole leak 
190300 690 Misfire on #2 cylinder, coilpack arcing. All coils replaced as precaution. 
202000  

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1998 Volvo S70

Engine not specified

Volvo in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2009 92000    
95000 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

Volvo in Tennessee, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 155000    
162000 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 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 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 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 240 Replaced leaking radiator 
208000 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 0 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 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 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 
220000  
Volvo in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 124000    
124000 1325 Also from new car inspection, 3 engine mounts replaced. 
136000 0 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 0 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 0 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. 
151000  

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1998 Volvo S70 4-door

5-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo in Mississippi, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 264000    
270000 0 Radiator leaking and caused head gasket to fail. 
 
Volvo in Taiwan
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 89900    
91140 600 Car stalled from time to time. Bad MAF was replaced. 
 

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