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#1086 of 1197 99 S70 drivers door handle issue
Jan 17, 2008 (6:27 am)
I bought a 1999 S70 new and my wife drove it up until May of '07. We got her a new vehicle but just couldn't part with the Volvo. I drove it a few times and it runs great, but one day, I unlocked the door and the door would not open. I went in through the passenger side and tried to use the inside door latch and the door still wouldn't open. The locking mechanism still appears to work (it goes up and down, anyway) but the door handle does not open the door. Has anyone ever seen this before?
#1087 of 1197 Re: 99 S70 drivers door handle issue [dfahlbusch]
Jan 17, 2008 (8:01 am)
Not specifically on the S70, but it seems like the latch itself is stuck or inoperable. So, yes, you can still lock and unlock it, but when you pull the handle, the latch is not releasing from the catch. The only choice is to pull the inside panel off the door and check it out. HOWEVER, you may not be able to get the panel off with the seat in place. All you can do is try.
#1088 of 1197 Re: Mechanic problems [jaymoka]
Jan 17, 2008 (8:04 am)
Well, unfortunately, I don't see a choice here. Have you talked to mechanic #1 since you've visited the dealer? I would tell him you'd like a refund. He may want another shot at it ... I'm not sure what I'd do in that case. I guess I'd cut a deal that he gets 1 more shot and if there are anymore problems, then you get a full refund so you can pay the dealership to do the job right.
#1090 of 1197 annoying loss of power
Jan 19, 2008 (2:21 pm)
Just bought a Used S70 T5 - great for a few days, have a strange loss of power, basically done a full tune up on it- Has anyone had a similar problem that may have advice ? Love the car - Want my power back tho lol!!!!
#1091 of 1197 My 1998 Volvo S70
Jan 21, 2008 (9:17 am)
My base model (really base, no leather or sunroof) is up to 136K now, still running well, few rattles, no burning oil and rides in many ways like a new car. My experience with my Volvo is that:
- You'd better find a good independent repair place, the dealers charge a fortune for almost everything and often have long backups for getting service
- Motor and transmission are solid- what drives you nuts are little electrical things like bulb replacement (frequent), radio not working well, doorlocks- and my sister's Volvo S80 had similar problems
- Still the best seats around and a safe car that makes use of its size with roominess and logical design
And I will run mine into the ground or until something major happens. I have taken test drives in new cars (Mazda6, Honda Accord), then I get back in my 1998 Volvo and it is still more comfortable. And you know, if you can keep driving an older car and not have to assume the massive depreciation of any new car, you are way ahead of the game!
#1092 of 1197 Re: My 1998 Volvo S70 [lweiss]
Mar 27, 2008 (12:33 pm)
My radio fades in and out also but my antena is stuck half way up I was going to replace that first. But I was wondering if anyone knows of another problem it may be for the non reception fading in and out at times?
#1093 of 1197 Re: My 1998 Volvo S70 [haroldbarlow]
Mar 29, 2008 (5:44 am)
I, too, have the same problem re: my antenna in my '99 S70. At first it only got stuck halfway during very cold weather. But now it does that all the time. My radio reception has suffered consequently. Is there a way to lube it or something else, or is replacing the antenna the only option?
#1094 of 1197 Re: My 1998 Volvo S70 [oculus1]
Mar 31, 2008 (11:39 am)
You can completely disassemble the antenna and lube it up ... but it may have stripped teeth, so it would do no good.
I had mine apart. If you don't know what it looks like, picture one of those toy motorcycles where you zip a toothed nylon chord through the wheel to get it revving. That's what in inside the antenna ... a very long toothed nylon strip. As the motor winds down, it curls the nylon chord into its case, retracting the antenna ... and vice versa to extend.
When mine did the halfway thing, I took the much cheaper option of buying just the antenna with the nylon chord attached instead of a whole new assembly, which I had to disassemble my motor casing to install the new chord. It was a real pain. As you may imagine, the nylon chord does not want to stay wound and acts like a spring. So it is quite trying to wind it and keep it flat in the case while you try to put the cover back on, while your hands are covered in the lube that covers the chord.
#1095 of 1197 Re: annoying loss of power [addy98s70t5]
Jun 08, 2008 (10:02 pm)
I am having the same problem with my s70 for about 2 years now. After the turbo went out a couple of years ago. the car has been losing power. I have spent around $4k on this car. I have replace sensors,everything the mechanics can think of. No one can find what is wrong with it. I love the car I bought it new and just wish someone could help me to get it fixed.