hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,125 miles

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1998 Volvo V70 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Volvo V70 Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 122015


  • 151,500 miles


The ignition switch frequently jams, locked, in the "off" position. The key can be inserted, but the ignition lock will not turn, making it impossible to start and operate the vehicle or turn on accessories or turn the steering wheel, rendering the vehicle completely inoperative. When the ignition is in the "on" position, it can be turned off without difficulty. When it is "off, " however, it frequently can not be turned "on". a quick internet search revealed that this is a rather common problem.

- Summit, NJ, USA

problem #3

Nov 262005

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles
Volvo V70 1998 - fire in engine compartment - car destroyed during routine driving, engine stops. Driver notices smoke coming from engine compartment and electrical systems (lights) blinking. In a few minutes the car is totally destroyed by fire. When I visited the wrecker's yard I found a Volvo 850 wagon that was destroyed by fire in the same way!

- Katonah, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 032003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Rear passenger side doors can not be opened manually or electrically. Consumer stated there is no way his paraplegic son can exit the vehicle if there was a fire or collision. Lock motors failed once and were replaced. Mechanic had to break a part in the door to release the lock.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 011999


  • miles
Vehicle is experiencing possible electrical problems, the passenger window will not close from the driver's side, the front headlight wiper won't work, the lights on the console don't seem to work properly, and the left headlight went out.

- Merrifield, VA, USA

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