pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,843 miles

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2004 Volvo C70 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Volvo C70 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 292007

C70 5-cyl

  • 11,341 miles


Vehicle start then die or just crank and no start. At the time problem thought to be fuel pump relay. Immobilizer was checked but nothing done. Immobilizer continued to be a problem (after warranty expired); keys have been replaced/recoded, immobilizer control module found faulty and replaced, antenna ring found faulty and replaced. This is a safety issue because there is no warning prior to this occurring; it just will not start when the key is put into the ignition (could be day or night - you are just stuck!) recently, on 7-16-2012 the vehicle repeated this action three (3) times on the same day. In the last two (2) months I have recorded not less than ten (10) incidents. Had I called for a road assist each time I would not have any more available calls. For some reason the transmitter and receiver (transponder) are not in synch (anti-theft device is overdoing its job). Volvo.com was contacted but so far have not done anything to address this. This is definitely a safety related defect and a pricey one.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 172004

C70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,189 miles
My wife and I leased this car in April 2004. Since that time we have had it to dealer for service eight times for starting problems. The car can be hot or cold. It will not stall while running this is just when you go to start it. So far, they have replaceed an immobilizer two times, an engine speed sensor three times, replaced an engine immobilzer antenna ring two times, a main relay once, totally reloaded the computer system once, and replaced an RPM sensor once. This is by far the worse car I've ever had. I still have one year to go on the lease and we don't even feel like driving it. I defiantly want to pursue the Florida lemon law on this car I want Volvo to take this inferior product back now. My wife is a Ford retiree and we leased this car mainly because Ford owns Volvo. What a mistake.

- Bonita Springs, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 082006

C70 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The 2004 C70 has major electrical problems. We purchased our vehicle new. Since ownership this car has been well maintained. Over the past 14 months our car has stalled six times as of 3-8-06. Each occasion has happened if the vehicle hasn't been driven within four to five days. Each situation has been discovered after its sat over-night. The first several times the dealer blamed it on a faulty sun-visor wire. As of this date, both sun-visor wires have been replaced, they've replaced our battery three times... and the problem still exist. The dealer also claims that do to the on board computer which runs even when the vehicle is not running, this will continuously drain the battery... causing this experience. I have three real concerns: 1. does this mean that the consumer can't leave their car at the airport for a week to go on a business trip..." 2. this electrical situation is not mentioned in any of the Volvo ad literature... maintenance books, magazines or commercials... or at time of purchase!!!! are the consumers expected to absorb this defective product" 3. my wife is disabled. Because of the numerous repair non-conformity.... we no longer have faith in this product. We have written the manufacturer who was supposedly involved with this last repair. We're now convinced that there is a horrible electrical problem with this vehicle, and Volvo is now trying to play damage control... at the consumer's expense... and possible lives... an unreliable vehicle puts my wife's safety at risk.. we are pursuing requesting that this vehicle be replaced. Don't buy the convertible C70... you'll have problems...

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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