Notes: The 2005 got a minor facelift -- the good kind, not the "Hollywood" kind -- and hasn't shown much in the way of transmission problems. At least not yet.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,000 miles

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2005 Volvo XC70 drivetrain problems

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2005 Volvo XC70 Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 012015


  • 120,000 miles


The AWD system is not working. The vehicle was to spin the front wheels constantly. Also traveling on the highway, the vehicle wants to drift into the other lanes on its own. Dealer tells me it is the angle gear sleeve on the transfer case or the transfer case gear. To me its obvious that Volvo designed the part to fail. How can gear that is sealed fail with normal use? so the repair will could cost up to $3600. After doing some research on the web. This is so common its ridicules. Never buy a Volvo again. I bought this car to have a safe AWD. Oh it S safe... as long as its in your driveway.

- Holden, MA, USA

problem #1

Jul 262014

XC70 5-cyl

  • miles
Submission from constituents re 2005 XC70 Volvo steering shaft broken. The consumer stated there was no collision or impact that could have caused the steering shaft to break. He was simply making a right turn, onto his street when the steering stopped working. The transmission was replaced at a cost of $4,000. Updated 10/01/14.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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