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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,488 miles

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1998 Volvo S70 body / paint problems

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1998 Volvo S70 Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 122004

S70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,900 miles


1) problem with right rear passenger door lock, not unlocking. Must manually unlock from inside of car. 2) driver side door not closing. When attempting to close door it bounces back. The only way to close the door is to force it with body weight.

- Redlands, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 152002


  • miles
The door check assembly on the driver side front door has failed. The door hinges seem to be ok, but the door check/door stop has a broken weld that makes the door hard to open - with a very crackling noise. Dealer wants $280 to fix a problem that shouldn't exist - yet I have seen postings similar to this on other Volvo web poster boards. A weld has broken" what does that say for the safety of a Volvo car"

- Lansdale, PA, USA

problem #6

Feb 012002


  • miles
Front passenger side and left rear door locks failed making it impossible to lock vehicle with the key or the door lock button. Dealer was notified but would not fix the locks. Manufacturer notified.

- Exeter, NH, USA

problem #5

Feb 011999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Automatic rear door lock broke. Nlm

- Los Angele, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 011998

S70 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Passenger exterior door handle does not open vehicle. Mjs

- North Holl, CA, USA

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problem #3

Jul 011997


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power window switch malfunctioned, causing the windows to become stuck in one position or not to go up or down, also a problem occurred with the power door latches and locks. Check engine light comes on regularly. Dealer unable to find cause of problem.

- Mahopac, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 151998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power door lock fails with remote unit. Mjs

- Fallbrook, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 031997


  • miles
1. 12/23/97: Car died in slow freeway traffic; restarted after 5 minutes, but "check engine light" stayed on. Diagnosed as problem with air mass sensor, which was replaced. 2. 11/11/98: Right rear door lock failed; motor replaced. 3. each of front headlight bulbs burned out with less than 15K in mileage. 4. 1/13/99: Rt and lt outer tail lights burned out; bulbs were replaced. 5. 3/3/99: Right turn signal began flashing too quickly; both rt and lt turn signal sockets were replaced. 6. 4/28/99: Tailights again failed, sockets and bulbs were replaced; 7. 4/29/99: Left turn signal flashing too quickly (even though socket had been previously replaced on 3/3/99 to deal with anticipated corrusion problem). My wife and I have have had more service problems with this car than in 25 years of owning all of our other cars combined.

- Oakland, CA, USA

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