hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,739 miles

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2004 Volvo XC70 transmission problems

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2004 Volvo XC70 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 152010


  • 57,544 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Volvo XC70. The contact was driving approximately 25 mph when the transmission slipped. The failure persisted for approximately four months before the vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for the failure and the dealer replaced the transmission. She then contacted the manufacturer and they were willing to take the liability for a portion of the repair costs. The failure mileage was 57,544 and the current mileage was 59,000.

- Altadena, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 012010

XC70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volvo XC70. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle would make a violent jerk when accelerating and decelerating. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that she needed to replace the transmission. The vehicle had not been repaired. There was also a failure with the brakes. The contact noticed the ABS light illuminated on the instrumental panel after she tried to decelerate and the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The dealer inspected the vehicle and informed the contact that there was a failure within the ABS module and it needed to be replaced. The repairs for the ABS module had not been performed. The failure mileage was approximately 53,000. Updated 02/07/11 updated 02/14/11

- Valley Village, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 102010

XC70 5-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Volvo xc-70 (2004) transmission problem - jerky gear transmission at slower speeds.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #3

Dec 012009


  • 74,190 miles


Shaking of vehicle, clunking and slipping of transmission. Transmission failed. Transmission replaced with factory remanufactured unit..

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #2

Jun 022009


  • 56,702 miles
I have a 2004 XC70 with 56,000 miles. Recently, the "reduced engine performance" light came on with no apparent change in handling or acceleration. The light then went off the next time I drove the car. A few days later, the light came back on this time along with the "check engine" light, and there was virtually no acceleration. I got the car to limp along at about 5 mph with the hazard lights on to the closest garage, where I left it overnight. The mechanic ran the diagnostics on the computer and the code for the throttle body appeared. He cleaned the throttle body but indicated that might not totally solve the problem and that if it needed to be replaced it would have to be done at a dealer. (other than several oil changes, all scheduled maintenance has been performed at a Volvo dealer.) the car worked well for about a week and then the "check engine" and "reduced engine performance" lights came back on. I took the car to the Volvo dealer. Initially they couldn't find anything wrong with it, they drove it about 20 miles and claimed no lights came on and the computer did not show any diagnostic codes. They upgraded the software to smooth out the gear shifting in the automatic transmission and at my request did the 60,000 mile servicing. Then, when I went to pick the car up, both lights came back on in the service department immediately after I started the car. The service advisor took the car back into the shop, ran the diagnostics again and confirmed the throttle body needed to be replaced. Car is no longer under warranty and the service advisor indicated there were no recalls for this issue for this model year. After a few days in the shop, the car is now working well but I no longer trust it - had this happened on a highway it would have been very dangerous.

- Bainbridge Island, WA, USA

problem #1

Dec 182008


  • 90,000 miles
Volvo XC70 angle gear burned up! 2004 with 90K on it. Seems to be an ongoing issue with Volvo's - need to purchase new or used part. Price is anywhere between $1000 - $2000. Not good. Volvo claims no real issue.

- Barre, VT, USA

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