Notes: The 2nd generation XC70 has a transmission issue and the 2003 model year seems to be the worst of it. These are still solidly built and comfortable cars, but if you're looking at buying used you might be better off avoiding the 2003 unless it has already had its transmission replaced.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,530 miles

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2003 Volvo XC70 suspension problems

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2003 Volvo XC70 Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 012011

XC70 5-cyl

  • 135,460 miles


Right hand side, front coil spring cracked in two.

- Dartmouth Ns, 00, USA

problem #2

May 182010


  • miles
Took the car in to replace tires(front tires prematurely worn down) the mechanic noticed broken strut coil spring and suggested manufacturer defect since normal should not broke the spring, especially a car designed for off road use. I had to replace the springs.

- New Paltz, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 142010


  • 67,131 miles
Noticed rubbing noise coming from front left wheel well especially when making right turn. Took to service station, they noticed broken strut coil spring and suggested manufacturer defect. Took to Volvo dealership and they remarked a pothole must have been hit to create damage. Had third opinion, no way to create the break in spring during normal driving conditions. Having both coils replaced to be safe.

- Arnold, MD, USA

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