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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline: Belts And Associated Pulleys Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,000 miles

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1998 Volvo S70 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Volvo S70 Owner Comments

problem #1

May 092005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles


My wife's car ('98 S70 T5) stop last week. I took it to the dealer and they said that the tensioner seized up. This caused major damage to the engine about $3500 worth. I got the timing belt changed at 71,000 on the recommendation of the dealership so this type of problem would not happen, but it did anyway. The car now has 108,000 miles. Volvo's corporate customer service called me today and said the they are not responsible due to the mileage of the car and it is far out of warranty. I am awaiting a response from the dealership. Searching the web I have found numerous postings of similar compliants with the tensioner. Something must be done to correct this problem.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

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