fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,499 miles

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1998 Volvo S70 transmission problems

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1998 Volvo S70 Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 162011

S70 5-cyl

  • 77,494 miles


Upon accelerating up the hill of my street, today, August 16th, 2011, my car, a 1998 Volvo S70, sped up, unnaturally, close to the top. I had just driven out of my driveway, as I back into it always, and proceeded up the hill. As usual, the automatic transmission shifted down as the car approached a steeper portion of the hill. When braking for the stop sign at the top, I noticed that the engine was racing. I was unable to stop fully at the stop sign, and after going around the corner to the right, I pulled the floor mat away from the accelerator pedal. My left foot was now firmly planted on the brake pedal, as well as my right foot quickly pumping the accelerator pedal, all in an attempt to have the gas pedal unstuck, which it didn't. it just made the car engine continuously race even more. The RPM's increased also the more that the engine raced. Unable to fully stop at the next subsequent 2 stop signs, on a straight away, and my left foot to the floor with the brake pedal, I finally decided to place the car in neutral, the engine racing at what seemed a very high rate of speed by evidence of those RPM's. I continued to pump the gas pedal, with the car in neutral, my left foot on the brake, when suddenly the racing ceased, and the RPM's came down to an idle, just below 1000, I believe. I then proceeded to the side of the road, and stopped. After a bit, I placed the car from neutral into park, and then again shifted the automatic transmission into drive. I began moving down a hill by mere idling speed. I was careful, just coasting now, not to initially place any pressure on the accelerator as I proceeded in drive. I came to a stop at an intersection, for a red signal light, and when it was green, I drove back around a large city block to my driveway. I backed into my driveway with no further issues of sudden acceleration during the final distance driven. This has happened 2 other times recently when setting cruise control going up a hill.

- Milton, MA, USA

problem #4

May 122005

S70 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dt anti-lock brake system contact states each time the brakes are applied the vehicle is more difficult to stop and the wheels have also locked up. Transmission contact states the vehicle make a squeaking nose when parking, the vehicle pulls to the right side when driving at low speed. Engine and engine cooling contact states oil moves up through the ignition control. The vehicle has been taken to a service dealer and the mechanic stated the vehicle needed a new engine.

- Gross Pointe, MI, USA

problem #3

Jun 152002


  • miles
Transmission assembly has a crack, and engine check light comes on while driving. Cause unknown. Dealer notified.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 251999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical problems since shortly after purchase of vehicle, to dealer 25 times. Dashboard light would come on, indicating that headlights were not working when in fact they were. Dealer stated vehicle had a bulb and socket problem, taillight bulb failed, signal lights flash very fast, side signals sockets and bulbs shorted, 4 running light contacts melted, front headlight shorted, left front headlight inoperable, and bulb indicator illuminated. Door locks inoperable, windows would not go up, master window control switch faulty, and speakers distorted. Seat belt plastic part cracked. Transmission sticks on lowe gear, happened twice. Gas light comes on even when tank is full. Washer fluid inidcator illuminated, washer jets inoperable, wiper blads replaced, right side mirror did not adjust all the way out. Front and rear brake pads worn, rotors replaced, brakes cause screeching noises. Engine light illuminated, cable under engine loose. Humming noise while driving, dealer replaced right front hub, left and right front stabilizer links. Mudflaps loose. Evap valve replaced.

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 161999

(reported on)


  • miles
Transmission randomly fails to engage in reverse gear. Additionally, transmission frequently kicks strongly when it engages in reverse gear.

- Miami, FL, USA

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