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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
87,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace lower swing arm bushing, sway bar bushing, links (1 reports)
2003 Volvo XC70 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Volvo XC70 Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 032012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles


The dealer said it was the strut. They replaced it, but I still had the noise. So I paid $700 to replace a STRUT THAT WASN'T BAD. I had told them that I thought it was the swing arm or the sway bar. They said that cannot be the problem. I took it to my local mechanic and he figured it out. The Swing arm and the sway bar bushings and links were bad. Another $700 took care of the problem. Rides like a new car now.

Beware of Volvo Village in Danvers, MA. They have inexperienced and untrained Volvo mechanics.

Update from Dec 24, 2012: I've read on other sites that this suspension problem on the 2003 XC70 Volvo is a common problem.

- , Beverly, MA, USA

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