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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,300 miles

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1998 Volvo V70 miscellaneous problems

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1998 Volvo V70 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 292016


  • 230,000 miles


I was on the entrance ramp to I-94 when the accelerator stomped flush to the floor. The engine revved uncontrollably and I tried to clutch it down but kept on accelerating. At this point I turned off the ignition but that did no good. All the instrumentation turned off but the engine was maxed out and was going berserk. I had a clutch so I pushed it into neutral but the rpms went to the 7,000S. With the keys off, I pulled of the interstate desperately trying to slow down the rpms but nothing worked. I finally put it into gear to try and stop it and it literally ┐blew up┐. it's totaled. What I want to know is if this has been previously reported, if there has been any kind of recall on this. Volvo wouldn┐T answer any of my questions. It was a great car but it was a very dangerous situation that I haven┐T been able to get any answers about. It apparently was some kind of a computer malfunction as a mechanical failure would have been solved by turning the key ┐off┐! I want to lodge a complaint but don┐T know where to start.

- Moorhead, MN, USA

problem #5

Dec 152009


  • 130,000 miles
Ignition key cylinder malfunctioning. Insert key to start car, key rotates 360 degrees without engaging. Takes several attempts to get the key to not rotate and actually start the car. I have spoken to several mechanics and have seen multiple threads on forums that this is not an uncommon issue with these cars and it seems to be something that occurs after 100,000 miles. Estimated cost of repair is $600 - to $800.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 012002


  • 49,800 miles
1998 Volvo V70. **dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut over to artemis**767770

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #3

Dec 021999

(reported on)


  • miles


No summary

- Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 181999

V70 4WD

  • miles
While driving at about 40, the speedometer went to 0 and stayed there for about 1/2 mile and the odometer stopped working. The speedometer appeared to be working again for a short distance and then went back to 0 while the car was still in motion it started working, only to return to 0 for about 1 mile. It kicked in again. This all happened in the space of 20 minutes.

- Lafayette, CA, USA

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problem #1

Mar 051999

(reported on)


  • miles
Vehicle does not have an indicator light warning driver that passenger's door is open or ajar.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

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