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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems Seal Of Notes: It's widely known that Volvo’s are built like tanks, especially the XC70. So it's no surprise this beast has a near perfect crash test rating. When it comes to the 2nd generation of the XC70, the 2006 is the first year that doesn't show potential transmission problems making it a best bet.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,948 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Volvo XC70 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Volvo XC70 Owner Comments

problem #2

May 222008


  • miles


In heavy traffic my Volvo XC70 sta. Wagon (36K mi) suddenly, and w/out warning, shut down. Had been driving non-stop for 4-5 hrs. Wd. not restart until 1.5 hrs. Later. Grinding noise noted when key turned over. No prior history of same. Ext. Warranty. Dealer "found no problems" when examined next day. Only drove car 26mi. To further test. Volvo rep also "tested" vehicle w/ own equipmt. Shd. Be noted that, reportedly, dealership's computer had problem functioning two days later w/ another car's testing. Dealership stated that problem had been corrected and that my vehicle had been retested. David wheeler Volvo feels they have fulfilled their oblig. To us and has asked us to drive it off the lot. We refuse to drive it.

- Salisbury, Md., MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 172006

XC70 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,895 miles
: the contact stated while driving 65 mph on rainy road conditions, the windshield wipers stopped working and immediately after the engine stalled and all dash board information disappeared as well. No warning signals alerted the contact prior the incident. The vehicle was pulled over and the emergency brake had to be used to stop it because there was no power brake action either. The contact also noticed only the horn and the emergency flasher lights still worked. The dealership towed the vehicle, who removed the electronic module, however no resolution had been determined yet. The manufacturer was also contacted but had not communicated any resolution either. The ignition switch and the control module was replaced. Updated 11/09/06.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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