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1998 Volvo V70 repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (9%)

Brakes and Traction Control (11%)

Suspension and Steering (23%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (1%)

Chart based on 162 repairs.
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1998 Volvo V70 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (18%)

$100 - $499 (37%)

< $100 (35%)

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Chart based on 123 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

1998 Volvo V70

Engine not specified

Volvo in Ohio, United States
Nov 2011 - Jul 2012
Dec 2011

141000 mi
Just removed the prop shaft because of bad bearings/u-joints. Have not got a replacement so running as fwd now. 
Jul 2012

148000 mi

US $500
Contol ARM, tie rod, front axle, new tires, alignment 
Volvo in Alabama, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2013
May 2012

157400 mi

US $350
Replaced starter 
Jun 2013

165000 mi

US $500
Hydraulic motor mounts 
Volvo in Massachusetts, United States
Feb 2010 - Mar 2013
Mar 2010

96000 mi

US $120
Replaced heater core 
Dec 2012

110000 mi

US $1800
leaky steering rack 
Mar 2013

110000 mi
leaky steering rack 
Volvo in Great Britain
May 2010 - Sep 2012
Jul 2010

134000 mi

£600
Passenger front wishbone ball joint, link rod replaced. 
Sep 2012

142000 mi

£200
New tie rods needed. 
Volvo in Maryland, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2011
May 2010

152000 mi

US $650
Driveshaft CV Joint Kit Front OES Genuine parts had to be replaced due to wear out of entire left & right front suspension parts, e.g. CV joints, and parts leading to drive shafts had worn out at 151K on the odometer, shops wanted $1200. 
Volvo in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2009 - Mar 2010
Jul 2009

175460 mi

C $140
Replaced seized caliper on passenger side (replaced both for safety reasons). Also had to re-flare both brake caliper hard line fittings, as they were seized into calipers. 
Volvo in Victoria, Australia
Jun 2013 - Jul 2013
Jul 2013

122140 mi
The car has started to make a strange howling noise. As I am to sell it in the next few months (need a 6+ seat car) my mechanic advised don't spend money trying to identify and repair the problem - possibly auto transmission &/or bearings. 
Volvo in Ohio, United States
Oct 2013 - Nov 2013
Nov 2013

243000 mi
Rear main crank seal leaking. 
Volvo in California, United States
Dec 2015 - Dec 2015
Dec 2015 Started blowing smoke out the oil dipstick and using a quart every 500 miles. Horrible suspension rattles, plastic pieces falling off inside. Car basically was self-destructing. 
Volvo in Nebraska, United States
Feb 2010 - Apr 2010
Apr 2010

138000 mi
abs modulator too expensive to fix 
Volvo in California, United States
Apr 2012 - Oct 2012
Jul 2012

140000 mi
Engine has a bad piston ring. One cyclinder no longer firing. requires complete engine rehaul. 
Oct 2012

140000 mi
Too expensive to replace engine, junked car. 
Volvo in Massachusetts, United States
Dec 2010 - Jun 2011
Feb 2011

165000 mi

US $83
frozen right front caliper - caliper, pads, rotor console shifter bulb replacement rear wiper pump replaced master control switch dead on one window, sticking in down position. replaced master window switch. 
Jun 2011

169000 mi

US $635
Speedo intermittent, then stopped - replaced ABS controller to make speedo work again. Also did axle boot  and motor mount while in shop. 
Volvo in Netherlands
May 2012 - Jul 2013
Jul 2012

131200 mi

€90
Oxygen sensor needed replacement. Replaced radiator for passenger compartment heating. 
Feb 2013

146100 mi

€600
Wishbones needed replacement 
Mar 2013

148800 mi

€100
Replaced tie-rod ends 
Apr 2013

150100 mi

€100
Replaced radiator 
Jul 2013

156860 mi

€600
Changed rotors, pads and calipers 
Volvo in Georgia, United States
Mar 2012 - Mar 2013
Mar 2013

203000 mi

US $200
Front Passenger wheel hub assembly was replaced. Inner & outer tie rods on the driver's side needed to be replaced. 
Volvo in Arizona, United States
Dec 2011 - Mar 2012
Mar 2012

150000 mi

US $20
The light switch for the rear, passenger-side reading light broke. (It just floated/hung there.) Found a replacement part on ebay for $20 and installed it myself. Easy fix. 
Volvo in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Dec 2008

99000 mi

US $1000
Timing belt tensioner wore out and belt was rattling against case. Mechanic said when he opened the case ball bearings flew out. i was "lucky" b/c another mile or 2 would have destroyed the valves. Also replace waterpump,and acc belt. 
Volvo in Missouri, United States
Oct 2008 - Mar 2010
Feb 2009

165000 mi

US $400
Vacuum hose leak. Replaced hose. 

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1998 Volvo V70 4-door

turbocharged 5-cylinder manual AWD

Volvo in France
Jun 2010 - Aug 2010
Jul 2010

91140 mi
Turbo cooling hose was starting to leak under pressure I had it changed before the leak got bigger. Hose was 12 years old. 
Volvo in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2010 - Jun 2013
Nov 2010

161200 mi
changed the thermostat, parking brake cable 
May 2012

190400 mi

C $1400
Had to change the original clutch  one motor mount rear seal 
May 2013

209560 mi
Steering rack is leaking and I have to change the outer cv boots 
Volvo in New South Wales, Australia
Jul 2010 - Jun 2011
Feb 2011

88400 mi

A $400
Changed front engine mount (one below timing belt) 
Jun 2011

96100 mi

A $300
Replace engine oil cooler return line (leaking) 

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1998 Volvo V70 4-door

turbocharged 5-cylinder manual 2WD

Volvo in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2011 - Nov 2011
Aug 2011

163260 mi
Broken wire to fuel injection relay. I tracked it down and fixed it in 2 hrs. 

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1998 Volvo V70 4-door

turbocharged 5-cylinder automatic AWD

Volvo in Minnesota, United States
Oct 2010 - Jul 2011
Mar 2011

175000 mi

US $400
wheel bearing 
Jun 2011

179000 mi

US $260
Welded patch to exhaust pipe. Center differential failed, removed the awd driveshaft. 
Jul 2011

179000 mi
Only major unrepaired problem was an air pump (est $800). 
Volvo in Washington, United States
Jul 2010 - Sep 2010
Aug 2010

176000 mi

US $300
bad ABS unit replaced turbo coolant hoses 
Volvo in West Virginia, United States
Sep 2010 - May 2012
May 2012

149000 mi
Large oil leak. 
Volvo in California, United States
Aug 2009 - Dec 2009
Sep 2009

181000 mi

US $900
Oil leak: O rings on oil return tube from turbocharger to engine. Emergency/signal flasher replaced. 
Nov 2009

181000 mi

US $700
Check engine light on. Engine temp sensor bad. Replaced engine temp sensor. One bad engine mount replaced. 
Dec 2009

181000 mi

US $68
Heater core blew. blown head gasket, which may account for the blown up heater core just reported. Overdrive doesn't downshift steadily. Rebuild necessary. Can't afford the fix. Donating car. it's junk.  
Volvo in Switzerland
Sep 2008 - Jul 2009
Oct 2008

128960 mi
Worn out original shocks, replaced at shop next to work for 750 Swiss Francs, could have been cheaper if I were in the USA.  
Jul 2009

150040 mi
The repairs that it needed when sold included the drive shaft to operate the awd, so for about a year it was front wheel drive, not that good in the snow where we live now. 
Volvo in New York, United States
Jan 2009 - Mar 2010
Feb 2009

188000 mi

US $600
New ball joints; dirty soleinoid. New heating system blower. 
Volvo in West Virginia, United States
Jul 2008 - Jul 2013
Aug 2008

144000 mi

US $150
Replaced PCV system including oil trap and hoses. 
Sep 2008

144000 mi

US $500
Noise in front suspension. Replaced both front struts with Bilstein touring struts. Replaced one sway bar connector, plan to replace the other. 
Feb 2009

146000 mi

US $300
Replaced sway bar that had rusted end with a used one. Also replaced passenger's side front spring with used spring, spring mount with heavy duty version, and both sway bar end links with heavy duty links. 
Mar 2009

147000 mi

US $400
Radiator leak and small oil leak. Replaced radiator and oil cooler lines. 
Feb 2010

154000 mi

US $700
Replaced AWD driveshaft (front to rear) 
Jun 2011

157000 mi

US $30
ECT sensor failed, caused check engine light to come on. 
Mar 2012

160000 mi
Check engine light indicated bad baro sensor. Replaced sensor. 
Nov 2012

163600 mi

US $300
Replaced front wheel hubs which include wheel bearings with OEM parts. Replaced both front lower control arms with OEM parts. Replaced tailgate struts - these are the parts that hold up the rear tailgate door on the V70 wagon. Aftermarket parts were used. 
Apr 2013

165000 mi

US $60
Welded crack in exhaust at back of catalytic converter. 
Jul 2013

165000 mi

US $100
Replaced pressure fuel line from fuel pump to filter. Old line was leaking on top of fuel tank. Replaced large vacuum hose from PCV oil separator to PTC valve on air pipe. 
Volvo in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2008 - Mar 2010
Aug 2009

140000 mi

US $265
Ball joint and control arm, passenger side front 
Volvo in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2010 - Jul 2018
Jul 2018

290000 mi

US $522
Replaced both lower control arms. 
Volvo in Vermont, United States
Mar 2009 - Jun 2013
Apr 2009

166000 mi

US $400
Replaced radiator and hoses. Replaced remanufactured steering rack which was less than 2 years old. 
Jun 2009

169000 mi

US $300
Replaced front struts, strut mounts, and end links.  
Apr 2010

175000 mi

US $85
Replaced front right brake caliper. 
Jul 2010

177000 mi

US $15
Replaced parking brake hardware. 
Dec 2010

182000 mi

US $100
Replaced flasher relay. 
Mar 2012

197000 mi

US $700
Replaced cat 
Jun 2012

197000 mi

US $50
Replaced rear suspension sway bars. 
Sep 2012

200000 mi

US $780
Replaced driveshaft 
Dec 2012

203000 mi

US $50
Replaced battery "B" cable. 
Jun 2013

209000 mi

US $2600
Replaced fuel lines. fuel pump, and fuel sending unit. 
Volvo in Washington, United States
Mar 2009 - Jul 2009
Apr 2009

141000 mi

US $1
Viscous coupler lost fluid and had to be replaced as well as a connecting bearing where it connects to the transmission. $3600! $1100 just for the coupler :( 
Jul 2009

154000 mi
The driver's window wouldn't roll up even though we had just replaced the master switch for all the windows within the last year. The front shocks needed to be replaced. Needed a new primary O2 sensor. 
Volvo in Florida, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Mar 2010

151000 mi

US $3850
Replaced driveshaft and angle gear. Each part was $1k just for the part, not including labor. !@#$%&* OUCH!!!!!!!! 
Volvo in Kansas, United States
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

137000 mi

US $45
A/C Compressor cycling because of low refrigerant. Slow leak in evaporator requires adding refrigerant every year. 
Oct 2009

145000 mi

US $25
Rear tailgate panel completely fell off. This is the second time I have had to repair this. $20 kit fixes problem, hopefully more permanently this time. Common occurrence on these vehicles. 
Feb 2010

146000 mi

US $8
Fixed faulty ABS module by re-soldering failed solder points (a common problem on these Volvo's). Spent only the cost of a soldering iron and solder. 
Mar 2010

146000 mi

US $9
Replaced fuel cap due to faulty seal. Caused P0455 EVAP code (and the Check Engine light to come on). Paid $9 at NAPA for new cap, installed right there, cleared code with my OBDII code reader. Code has not returned. 
Volvo in New Brunswick, Canada
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Jul 2009

195920 mi
fuel pump died. It was a big job because of the way the AWD fuel tank is situated over the rear end drive/suspension assembly. http://www.brickboard.com/AWD/volvo/1362154/V70/awd_fuel_pump_comments_job_pics.html 
Aug 2009

197780 mi
ABS Module failed. Pretty common problem. I would have left it longer except needed to get the ABS light off for prov inspection. I would have done it for winter anyway. Flex hoses are all ready to come out. Rubber is disintegrating. They look old-but-decent until you bend them and the rubber cracks. 
Volvo in Georgia, United States
Jan 2010 - May 2012
Jun 2010

91000 mi

US $300
Power steering rack leaking, had been replaced in Nov, but leak re-occurred. Shop paying for new rack, other costs are for 90,000 maintenance, filters & such. 
Feb 2011

94500 mi

US $200
Driver-side visor was falling and was replaced. Also a short developed in the rear dome lights, where if one was switched on all the interior lights switched on. Both interior, rear lights replaced. 
Sep 2011

98000 mi

US $220
Leaking engine coolant from sensor. Sensor was replaced. Leaking caused computer to think car was overheating. 
Volvo in Indiana, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2011
Dec 2009

126000 mi

US $25
passenger front door lock actuator not working. replaced with used actuator. 

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1998 Volvo V70 4-door

turbocharged 5-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo in Michigan, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2013
Aug 2011

141000 mi

US $100
Both front door (RH and LH)check straps broken. Replaced. 
Volvo in Virginia, United States
Mar 2010 - Jan 2011
Sep 2010

220000 mi

US $150
Check engine light for front o2 sensor, replace sensor 
Volvo in Massachusetts, United States
Apr 2010 - Jun 2013
Jun 2010

109000 mi

US $1200
Routine alignment reavealed worn struts and stabilizer bars on front; replaced along with front brakes and rotors. 
Jun 2011

117000 mi

US $50
Rear transaxle failing -loud knocking. Will turn 4-wheel drive into 2-wheel drive to resolve. 
Mar 2012

124000 mi

US $150
Failed thermostat; replaced 
Jun 2013

134000 mi

US $600
Emergency brake had to be replaced, along with shoes and the whole shebang. 
Volvo in Virginia, United States
Jan 2008 - Aug 2008
Aug 2008

156000 mi
Vehicle sold after major problems - cylinder head oil leak. Vehicle sold after major problems - A/C problem. 
Volvo in California, United States
Aug 2010 - Jun 2011
Dec 2010

134000 mi

US $155
mass air meter failure causing engine stall. 

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1998 Volvo V70 4-door

5-cylinder manual 2WD

Volvo in Michigan, United States
Jun 2009 - Jun 2018
Dec 2009

178000 mi

US $400
no start. Starter not cranking. No enable signal to starter. exhaust rust-through/catastrophic failure 
May 2010

178000 mi

US $30
Frozen hand brake cable 
Sep 2011

180000 mi

US $40
Wire between starter and solenoid corroded through. Hose clamp corroded, dumped all coolant on highway.  
May 2012

188100 mi

US $75
No start during wet weather. Not repeatable. Replaced lots of ignition components but not confirmed if that was the issue. 
Nov 2017

215000 mi

US $70
Worn/loud lower control arm front bushing 
Volvo in Minnesota, United States
Apr 2011 - Jun 2013
Jul 2011

121000 mi
After 14 years, exhaust pipe broke at catalytic converter. Replaced from exhaust manifold back. Part of major repair. Rebuilt front end, including struts and upper mounts, control arms (ball joints and bushings), inner and outer tie rods, idler arm. Two CV joint covers torn. Replaced drive shafts including CV joints. After winter storage and major repair to front end and exhaust (only major repairs in 14 years), emergency brake cable frozen. Replaced cable and rear brake pads, emergency brake shoes (originals) and rear rotors (also originals).  
Volvo in District of Columbia, United States
Mar 2010 - Oct 2013
Apr 2011

85000 mi

US $700
A/C leaking. Refilled Freon. 

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1998 Volvo V70 4-door

5-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo in British Columbia, Canada
Feb 2009 - Mar 2010
Aug 2009

76880 mi

C $2000
heater core leak (carpets soaked, dried overnight) radiator leak 
Volvo in Texas, United States
Jan 2009 - Jun 2009
May 2009

81000 mi

US $110
seals on cv joints leaking; replaced. 
Volvo in Kansas, United States
Jan 2008 - Jul 2018
Jan 2010

139200 mi

US $700
Yet another plastic+aluminum radiator failure. This is Volvo radiator #3 (1 per Volvo). "They all do that" at 11 to 15 years, and 120K-160K miles. 
Apr 2010

130000 mi

US $1100
Heater core failed, dumping water into passenger compartment ABS computer failure 
Oct 2010

133000 mi

US $2570
Steering Rack failure Air pump sway bar link motor mount 
Jun 2018

164000 mi

US $110
Air mass sensor failed, but without setting an error code until hard car-stranding failure 
Jul 2018

164000 mi

US $450
CV boots failed, axles replaced 
Volvo in Illinois, United States
Oct 2018 - Mar 2019
Mar 2019

147000 mi

US $300
PCV canister, and piping replaced, Fuel Pump Relay and Fuel Pump replaced, Knock Sensor replaced, Camshaft Sensor replaced, Thermostat and Temperature Sensor Replaced. 
Volvo in Ontario, Canada
May 2010 - Aug 2013
Jun 2010

130200 mi

C $1200
Front Sway Bar, and Control Arms.  All four brake hoses were done. 
Sep 2010

138260 mi

C $952
Replaced distributer cap and rotor along with the leads. Changed spark plugs. Engine Mounts replaced 
Apr 2012

152200 mi

C $795
Wheel HUB  Door lock actuator 
Volvo in Oregon, United States
Feb 2010 - Jul 2018
Jun 2010

99000 mi

US $200
ABS Computer went out.....removed and sent to shop for upgrade 
Jul 2011

101000 mi

US $850
Replaced ignition switch after car failed to stay running. at same time found right side wheel bearing needed replacing 
Jan 2013

103300 mi

US $250
Tune up. Spark plugs, wires, rotor, dist.cap. 
Volvo in Maine, United States
Feb 2010 - Sep 2012
Mar 2010

173000 mi

US $45
Installed new ignition switch. Was showing signs of wear. 
Jun 2010

177000 mi

US $5
Fixed common a/c clutch gap problem causing the compressor to stop engaging after about 10 minutes of use. I found the fix on a Volvo forum. Used plastic bread clips as spacers to correct a/c clutch gap.  
Aug 2010

179000 mi

US $250
Car pulled to the right. Went in for alignment and found front left tire with broken belt, right inner tie rod with lots of play, right outer tie rod boot ripped. $250 for tie rods only, NTB. Overpriced but had to get it done. 
Apr 2011

190000 mi

US $225
Air pump finally died. Replaced with rebuilt pump and put in a new check valve. 
Jun 2011

192000 mi

US $15
Driver side sun-visor would not stay up anymore. Started out as an annoyance and became a safety issue. Used superglue to attach velcro to the ceiling and hook to the visor. So far so good. 
Aug 2011

195000 mi

US $79
Clamp was missing from pipe just behind cat converter. Very noisy when the car was cold. A small pinhole was welded then a new brass clamp was installed. 
Sep 2011

196000 mi

US $325
One frozen rear caliper. No pad left. Ended up replacing all 4 calipers and rotors. 
Mar 2012

203000 mi

US $700
Drivers side wheel bearing was getting very noisy. 1 outer tie rod sway bars worn Both ball joints worn 
Jun 2012

207000 mi

US $180
Replaced accumulator dryer. Recharge system 
Aug 2012

208400 mi

US $216
Replaced dead ac compressor with a used one 

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1998 Volvo V70 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo in Washington, United States
Jul 2011 - Feb 2012
Oct 2011

134000 mi

US $200
PCV (flame trap) system replacement. 

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