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2003 Volvo V70 repairs by problem area

Chart based on 54 repairs.

2003 Volvo V70 repair cost distribution

Chart based on 122 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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2003 Volvo V70

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Volvo V70 in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2011
Nov 2009

67000 mi

US $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. 
Mar 2010

74000 mi

US $1200
brake booster replaced Clunking noise in front end now identified as something minor in the suspension. 
Apr 2010

75700 mi

US $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 Michigan, United States
May 2010 - Sep 2012
Jul 2010

98872 mi

US $140
replace upper and lower transmission torque bushings. 
Jun 2012

112000 mi

US $750
Replace ball joints and steering gear. 
Volvo V70 in Virginia, United States
Dec 2008 - Jul 2014
Nov 2009

99000 mi

US $350
Front roll bar stabilizer strut rattling and replaced. Front brake rotors and pads replaced, normal wear. 
Jun 2011

125000 mi

US $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?? 
Mar 2014

175000 mi

US $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
Jan 2009 - Apr 2014
Sep 2009

105000 mi

US $300
Alternator replaced 
Oct 2011

132700 mi

US $250
Heater core leak 
Mar 2013

143000 mi

US $40
Changed headlight. 
Jul 2013

145000 mi

US $100
Flare 2nd to 3rd 

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2003 Volvo V70 4dr Wagon

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

Volvo V70 in Great Britain
Dec 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

161000 mi
Tailgate lock malfunctioning 
Feb 2010

162000 mi

£680
Clutch master cylinder failure 
Mar 2010

163000 mi

£10
Clutch inoperable due to fluid loss 
May 2010

164000 mi

£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
Nov 2010 - Feb 2012
Dec 2010

62620 mi

C $400
DEAD SPOT ON STARTER MOTOR ; CAR WOULD NOT START. HAD TO BE TOWED , AND NEW STARTER (REBUILT) WAS INSTALLED. 
Jun 2011

63860 mi

C $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 Ontario, Canada
Dec 2010 - Feb 2011
Jan 2011

86800 mi

C $350
Flat Tire, broken wipers, muffler hanger broken, and bad steering noise & vibration. Fresh tire, wipers, welding, and lubrication was all that was required. 
Volvo V70 in New York, United States
Aug 2009 - Mar 2015
Sep 2009

68000 mi

US $100
Control arm replaced. 
Jan 2010

71000 mi

US $300
excessive vibration in front - replaced engine mount. Replaced control arms, strut housings.  Panel display replaced ($1300!) 
Jun 2010

75000 mi

US $214
air compressor noisy, replaced under extended warranty 
Nov 2010

78000 mi

US $100
transmission very occassionally slips. dealer service identified a software upgrade needed for that problem. 
Dec 2010

79000 mi

US $500
brakes pads and rotors required replacement 
Mar 2011

79000 mi

US $390
Both rear brake calipers replaced 
Jan 2013

92000 mi

US $1000
Struts, considerable bounce on bumps, replaced. 
Aug 2013

95000 mi

US $400
Tailgate switch/mechanism and rear light relay has to be replaced. Troubleshooting rear light/tailgate light issues took hours 
Volvo V70 in Great Britain
Nov 2008 - Jun 2015
Jun 2008

49000 mi

£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 
Feb 2009

64000 mi
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!! 
Jan 2012

112000 mi
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. 
Apr 2012

115000 mi
Replace wheel bearing n/s rear hub. Due to fair wear after 115,000 miles. 
Nov 2013

143000 mi

£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. 
Oct 2014

161500 mi

£1500
Disc's, pads, parking brakes and suspension parts. Routine replacement of consumable parts after 10 years and 163,000 miles. I regard this as outstanding wear and tear. 
Feb 2015

165000 mi

£70
Front RHS coil spring replacement. 

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2003 Volvo V70 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic AWD

Volvo V70 in Maine, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

137000 mi

US $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. 
May 2010

139000 mi

US $120
Wheel bearing replacement, drivers front side. 
Jul 2010

146000 mi

US $85
replaced boost sensor, also controls cruise control. easy fix, cost $85 

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2003 Volvo V70 Repair Histories

31 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2003 Volvo V70. 14 of these members (45.2%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 54 repairs to 2003 Volvo V70s--an average of 1.7 per vehicle--have been reported.

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