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2003 Volvo V70 Problems and Repair Histories

29 TrueDelta members own a 2003 Volvo V70. 14 of these members (48.3%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 55 repairs to 2003 Volvo V70s--an average of 1.9 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2003 Volvo V70 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2003 Volvo V70 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2003 Volvo V70 problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2003 Volvo V70 repairs by problem area

16% of the 2003 Volvo V70 repairs were to the engine, 24% to the transmission, 16% to the brakes, 22% to the suspension, 18% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 55 repairs.

2003 Volvo V70 repair cost distribution

Of the 2003 Volvo V70 repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 18% cost less than $100, 44% between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, 14% between $1000 and $2499, and 5% more than $2500.

Chart based on 102 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2003 Volvo V70 problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2003 Volvo V70

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Volvo V70 in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2009 66000    
67000 1350 Passenger window regulator was replaced ($500). Battery was replaced due to draw ($150). Window modulator caused draw and was replaced ($700). Believe modulator was damaged when regulator was replaced. ARS airbag light is on. Dash module needs to be replaced. $1350. this is nuts. Passed inspection with this, so not replacing it. Mentioned clunk in front end, was told it was a minor motor mount issue and no need to replace at this time. 
74000 1200 brake booster replaced Clunking noise in front end now identified as something minor in the suspension. 
75700 1100 Had misdiagnosed problem. Ball joint failed and wheel came off car, damaging fender. Repaired suspension (ball joint, axle, and universal joint) but not fender. 
 

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2003 Volvo V70 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Volvo V70 in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2008 116000    
147500 1342 Excessive play in tie rod ends Rear brake pads and rotors replaced 
159500 1400 Shimmy in front end. Upper spring seats replaced, both front sway bar links replaced, and wheel alignment. Bevel gear was leaking. Diagnosed at another dealer. When the mechanic was resealing it, he found that the 4wd sleeve was broken and replaced that as well. The transmission was shifting erratically on a regular basis. The mechanic was not able to get it to act up. Since he looked at it, the Transmission has not had the problem.  
188500 4200 Transmission flare. Tech found transfer gear frozen and metal shavings in the valve body. The transmission was rebuilt. This was a continuing problem that the dealer could not locate. 
200000  
Volvo V70 in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2010 98000    
99500 140 replace upper and lower transmission torque bushings. 
112000 750 Replace ball joints and steering gear. 
113000  
Volvo V70 in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2008 84000    
99000 350 Front roll bar stabilizer strut rattling and replaced. Front brake rotors and pads replaced, normal wear. 
125000 1200 Started with intermittent SRS message, next intermittent ABS message, then all warning lights, odometer not working. Replaced DIM with reman item, lights still on, then replaced ABS module, lights out. So, what was the real problem, ABS?? 
175000 885 Propeller shaft driving rear wheels. Universal joint on end of shaft was worn, leading to vibration. OEM part cost $1200 plus installation. After-market shop got a used one for $600, plus $285 to install. Replaced both tie-rod ends. No symptoms led to this repair, the shop replaced them on their own, much to my dismay. 

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2003 Volvo V70 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 197hp 2.4L I5 5-speed automatic FWD

Volvo V70 in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 60000    
105000 300 Alternator replaced 
132700 250 Heater core leak 
143000 40 Changed headlight. 
145000 100 Flare 2nd to 3rd 
150000  

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2003 Volvo V70 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 161hp 2.4L I5 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

Volvo V70 in Great Britain
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2009 160000    
161000 0 Tailgate lock malfunctioning 
162000 680 Clutch master cylinder failure 
163000 10 Clutch inoperable due to fluid loss 
164000 30 Clutch fluid loss. Garage replaced plastic union to cure leak. 
 

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2003 Volvo V70 4dr Wagon

168-horsepower 2.4L I5 5-speed manual FWD

Volvo V70 in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2010 62000    
62620 400 DEAD SPOT ON STARTER MOTOR ; CAR WOULD NOT START. HAD TO BE TOWED , AND NEW STARTER (REBUILT) WAS INSTALLED. 
63860 200 mechanic remove muffler shield rattling 
 

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2003 Volvo V70 4dr Wagon

168-horsepower 2.4L I5 5-speed automatic FWD

Volvo V70 in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2009 67000    
68000 100 Control arm replaced. 
71000 300 excessive vibration in front - replaced engine mount. Replaced control arms, strut housings.  Panel display replaced ($1300!) 
75000 214 air compressor noisy, replaced under extended warranty 
78000 100 transmission very occassionally slips. dealer service identified a software upgrade needed for that problem. 
79000 500 brakes pads and rotors required replacement 
79000 390 Both rear brake calipers replaced 
92000 1000 Struts, considerable bounce on bumps, replaced. 
95000 400 Tailgate switch/mechanism and rear light relay has to be replaced. Troubleshooting rear light/tailgate light issues took hours 
98000  
Volvo V70 in Great Britain
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
3000 Electrical "gremlins" causing weird faults with brake lights/instruments and central locking. Charged for new door lock and relay board....cost..a plumbers estimate! Result, still the same this morning, or rather it's worse as the key is stuck in lock! Failure of AWD. Main $tealer changed "numerous" parts before solving problem. After much research and talking to other owners/dealers; suggest owners check DEM module and/or temp sensor first before paying out like I did! Volvo not interested warranty ou 
64000 0 No 4 wheel drive. Splined driveshaft had failed. I have been told by dealer that approx 1 in 5 XC70/XC90's suffer this failure. Volvo's response was...get stuffed!! 
112000 0 Drivers window guides failed causing damage to window regulator unit. Regulator & guides had to be replaced. Most expensive was the regulator unit @ over £200. Dealer was very good with labour costs. 
115000 0 Replace wheel bearing n/s rear hub. Due to fair wear after 115,000 miles. 
143000 150 The parking brake shoes and drums required replacement. After 143,000 miles I consider this very reasonable. I used my local shop because I didn't feel it needed a 80 mile trip to the main Volvo dealer. 
150000  

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2003 Volvo V70 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic AWD

Volvo V70 in Maine, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2009 136000    
137000 350 Took car to dealer after a lean condition. I replaced all vacuum lines, fuel filter and gas cap. Dealer tested car and replaced airbox to turbo intake hose / improper diagnoses ($350). Dealer then states exhaust leak and/or MAFS. I did MAFS, solved. 
139000 120 Wheel bearing replacement, drivers front side. 
146000 85 replaced boost sensor, also controls cruise control. easy fix, cost $85 
 

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