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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,650 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Volvo V70 engine problems

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1998 Volvo V70 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 182005

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,251 miles


Vehicle randomly shuts off while driving. Engine shut-down with loss of power steering control. Disabled vehicle with groceries and small children inside on a 90+ degree (very hot!!)afternoon in mid-July. $322 for replacement of air flow device (meter or sensor?) to correct problem. Approx. $50, loss of perishable food.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #4

Feb 032005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles
The camshaft belt tensioner broke which caused the belt to come off and the vehicle to lost power while driving 70 mph. The owner has contacted the manufacturer who refused to do anything about this. Timing belt tensioner, belt and valves and head gasket needed to be replaced.

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 262003


  • miles
While traveling on the highway check engine light will appear on the dashboard. Due to the gasoline cap being loose the check engine light will appear on the dashboard. Consumer has to go to the dealer to have it turned off.

- Kirkland, WA, USA

problem #2

Dec 011997


  • miles
There have been numerous electrical failures with the car on a routine basis. There have also been oil leaks, gasoline leaks, air conditioner failure and seat belt failures. The car has been repaired almost on a monthly basis since the beginning of ownership. This past week, it has been repaired three times for electrical problems related to the seat belts and air bags. The Volvo dealerships have made the necessary repairs and warranties have paid most of the costs, the amount of time this car has spent being serviced is totally unacceptable. Even the Volvo dealer here in Florida (plantation Volvo) suggested we research the Florida lemon law. The law does not apply to us because the car was purchased in Massachusetts. We would appreciate any assistance in getting Volvo's attention that this particular car has major flaws, especially electrical.

- Weston, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 081999


  • miles
Had driven vehicle.after routine service when engine stopped cold, tried starting, but nothing. Smoke started coming from under the hood. Then the engine caught on fire.

- Bernardsville, NJ, USA

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