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Volvo V70, Wagon
#1485 of 1905 Re: thinking about an 01 T5 w/higher miles... [mscottc1]
Sep 12, 2005 (1:18 pm)
I wouldn't let the negative posts you read here scare you away. Most people don't pop there head in here just to say, "My 2001 V70 is a great car."
People come here either looking for advice about buying a car, or to see if someone else has their same problem so they can go to the dealer armed with knowledge.
Today's cars are very reliable. If a five year old Volvo has been properly maintained, there's no reason to suspect that it won't continue to serve well with continued proper maintenance.
PS - If it were me, I'd rather pay a little more for a CPO 2001 V70 with under 60K miles.
#1486 of 1905 Re: thinking about an 01 T5 w/higher miles... [fedlawman]
Sep 12, 2005 (1:46 pm)
Thank you for your perspective- I don't disagree at all about cars that are properly maintained- my BMW is case-in-point of that. I would gladly take one with less miles, but the lowest I can get them (even from the factory program sales -as I am privy to them thru Ford affiliation-) would be something like 5000-6000 more. This 01 with 120k on it is under $9000! And has new-ish tires. So you can see my conundrum. Maybe I should just buy the car!!!!! ARGH!!!!
#1487 of 1905 Re: thinking about an 01 T5 w/higher miles... [mscottc1]
Sep 12, 2005 (10:07 pm)
That's a heck of a deal!
Assuming no accidents or significant mechanical issues, I can't think of a single reason not to grab it.
#1488 of 1905 Re: thinking about an 01 T5 w/higher miles... [fedlawman]
Sep 15, 2005 (7:51 pm)
I own a 1998 V70 - actually its my wife's car - but I did the research and bought it. Anyway... she says it the best car she's ever owned. We have 99,000 miles on it and have done nothing other than regular maintenance and a few minor things. The car has been very reliable. I actually like it better than my S60 in that it handles better and has excellent visibility.
#1489 of 1905 2001 V70T5 ETM failure
Sep 16, 2005 (3:51 am)
Today, while driving on I-695 near Baltimore, I experienced six episodes of sudden deceleration and a near stall and was almost rear-ended by a dump truck on one occasion and on another occasion, an 18-wheeler before I could cross slowly through lanes to the side of the road. To make matters worse, due to road construction, during two of these unplanned stops, there was no shoulder and I blocked a lane of traffic. The message on the dashboard read “REDUCED ENGINE PERFORMANCE.” I turned the car off and then on a few times, noted a very rough idle and the same message. I then turned the car off for a few minutes and instead of the “REDUCED ENGINE PERFORMANCE” warning, received a “NEEDS IMMEDIATE REPAIR SERVICE” or some similar message and the check engine light was on. I drove a few miles at 60-65 mph but the engine was running very roughly. This whole episode repeated itself 5 times during my 50 mile drive. I did make it home safely with my three young children in the back seat.
These symptoms are exactly those documented with the defective ETM module in most (if not all) 1999-2001 Volvos. I have an appointment with our local dealer and suspect I will be charged the usual $1000-$1200 for replacing the ETM module. Unfortunately, the replacement module is no better (the manufacturer is the same and the change made is trivial as is demonstrated on vexedvolvo.org, and second and third replacements have been reported. I have asked the dealer via email to replace and install the ETM at a substantially reduced cost. Volvo is well-aware of this problem. I mentioned to the dealer that like most parents, I would like to see my children grow up. I assume most parents bought Volvos in large part for their reputation for safety.
Volvo is supposed to respond to NHTSA’s request for more information regarding this problem tomorrow (091505). If they can extend the warranty on this item in Sweden, they can certainly do the same in the US. This design defect is a MAJOR safety issue; I was genuinely scared today. This experience makes Volvo's claims of being an exceptionally safe car a not very funny joke.
#1490 of 1905 Childrens auxiliary seat
Sep 21, 2005 (6:41 pm)
Is the rear facing third row seat useful at all? or is it a gimmick? This feature alone sets v70 apart from rest of the wagons out there. It sounds pretty darn good feature for those who might need a third row seat once in a while but not enough to justify buying a minivan. Do any of the folks here on this forum have input on this... such as the regulations and restrictions?
#1491 of 1905 Re: 2001 V70T5 ETM failure [ishanb]
Sep 22, 2005 (6:16 am)
I still have not bought that 01 V70 T5 just because of being scared of the miles & these ETM issues. I have researched this a LOT and I've seen what you are talking about RE the replacement ETMs still failing. I wonder if they would still have the problems if a person sent the ETM off to one of those re-program companies that talk up performance and such. Anyone heard of this making any difference?
Still undecided & cautious--- (especially when I can get a 78k mile Limited Explorer with all svc records and new tires for only $6000)
#1492 of 1905 Re: Childrens auxiliary seat [growwise]
Sep 22, 2005 (10:34 am)
If your children are between the ages of 5 and 8 it is useful.
Otherwise not so.
The XC90 is a better choice for transporting 7 people
#1493 of 1905 Re: v70 trouble [lbw]
Sep 23, 2005 (5:17 am)
we've had the same problem. dealer told us $1,200. to replace rear propeller shaft. couldn't replace just the bad bearing!!! well, well, well our local little one man volvo shop told us he could replace just the bearing for about $150.. he actually replaced both bearings (center bearing and u-joint) for $173..i wrote him a check for $200.............. he told us the bearings are available but you won't find them at napa. i know who has them.....
#1494 of 1905 Re: Childrens auxiliary seat [growwise]
Sep 26, 2005 (6:08 pm)
My sister in-law just bought a 2002 XC70 wagon with the rear-facing seat. It's perfect for her two boys 5 and 6 years. Beyond that..forget it! very small and very shallow. Once someone is belted in..there is no room for anything else in the rear cargo area.