Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2nd generation XC70 has a transmission issue and the 2003 model year seems to be the worst of it. These are still solidly built and comfortable cars, but if you're looking at buying used you might be better off avoiding the 2003 unless it has already had its transmission replaced.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
105,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. pay $1600 for a software fix -thought it would be a $25 fuse (1 reports)
2003 Volvo XC70 lights problems

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2003 Volvo XC70 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 012013

XC70 Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles


I can't afford to have it fixed, the timing chain needs to go, etc etc. To run this car three months will cost $5000. I never pass on the freeway, keep filling up the tank and drive slow so I don't get a ticket. I am looking for a new car but something keeps breaking every week. Never buy a Volvo with more than 80K miles.

- , Seattle, WA, USA

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