definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,900 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Volvo V70 Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 012003

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,500 miles


My 1998 Volvo V70 AWD. With less than 49,000 miles the ABS/tracs warning light began to intermittantly come on (indicates ABS system and associated traction control are inoperative). Subsequent computerized trouble fault evaluation by dealer's service dept (penkus Volvo) indicated that the ABS control module was at fault and needed to be replaced (at almost $800). Car had mileage within the warranty limit, but was beyond the time limit to qualify for warranty service. I have since done extensive research/internet searches on this issue (note I am a research scientist) and have found numerous instances of this teves 20 ABS unit failing. Specifically, I have discovered that this 1998 Volvo model has been plagued by this! I recognize that all of the historical claims that I've reviewed do not involve death nor personnel injury as a result of this defect, however, there are some documented "close calls." I feel very strongly that your Agency, NHTSA, should investigate further and perhaps mandate a recall by Volvo. You primarily exist to promote safety in the automotive industry and to protect the american consumer. Please don't wait until someone is killed or hurt before you act! thank you.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #4

May 012003

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
ABS/tracks system failure on both 1995, 850 and 1998, V70. When ABS/track light(s) comes on, no ABS/track. Left front weel may pull when braking on V70. Volvo Corp. Does not want to do anything about this problem... made several calls, had inspection/service done by "certified Volvo service technician, " Volvo will not accept problem...

- Citrus Heights, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 202003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1998 Volvo - (V70 and others) ABS/trac control module fails with 64,000 miles on car. Symptoms are intermittent warning lights. Well documented problem according to dealer and other owners (see www.brickboard.com) repair is nearly $700. Major safety issue since ABS and trac do not work when lights are on and module fails.

- Hatfield, MA, USA

problem #2

Dec 102002

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
ABS warning light comes on intermittently. Then goes off after a cycling of the engine. Seems to be a very common problem with this model and because the ABS system is not working when the light is on, it is dangerous. Volvo does not seem to be paying much attention to this problem despite a high number of complaints. Becaue there is no one date for this problem I will arbitrarily put one in for reporting purposes

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #1

Oct 062002

(reported on)


  • miles
Problem with ab controller computer.

- Ocean, NJ, USA

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