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#245 of 1197 BAD SERVICE, BAD DESIGN, BAD CAR
Jun 11, 2001 (7:34 pm)
In 1999, I decided to lease a s70 T5 for my dad. First week when he check the body and found rust inside the trunk. A few weeks later he complained about the wind noise from the windshield so I took to the dealership where I leased it from. They checked and repaired so many times. They even went inside the ventilation and opened up dash board complete, the car was brand new. They had completely ruin the dash board. When I complained to them and they said just replace some screw that look worn out "from volvo specialist" I couldn't believe when he said that. Oh and the wind-noise, it still there after I took the car to another dealer, the car wind-shield had replaced twice. I can't believe the kind of service that volvo trained their service technician DON' EVER BUY A VOLVO AGAIN. If you're in Tor onto, Ontario, Don't go to VOLVO VILLA, service is unbelievable bad, service manager doesn't know jack about volvo, sale manager doesn't care about customer at all. This is the last volvo I would ever buy or lease. Buy Volvo, Buy it for your enemy. The Worst Car.
#246 of 1197 worth the hit or miss nature???
Jun 15, 2001 (9:48 pm)
We are seriously thinking about purchasing a 2000 S70 SE. It has 18K miles and is going for about $25K. Reading the posts on this site has made me reconsider. It seems that there is preponderance of complaints about the electrical system and seals/windshield. If anyone has anyhing to alleviate my concerns please respond. Good or bad news will be equally welcome. Many thanks. Bazi
#247 of 1197 need help finding hubcap diameter
Jun 20, 2001 (10:28 am)
I have a '96 850 with the stock steel wheels and hubcaps. Recently I replaced the tires with a Dunlop SP5000 Sport that features a "rim protector sidewall" designed to protect alloys from being curbed. Since I mounted these tires (which by the way are 205/55/15 and are great handling tires) the hubcap contacts the tire sidewall and causes the hubcap to rotate on the rim - this in turn causes the valve stem to be bent over by the hubcap. The stock 15" hubcaps measure 16 7/16" in overall diameter. A 15" Volvo hubcap that measures less than this would solve my problem. Local dealers don't seem to have many 15" hubcaps in stock and I'm looking for similar measurements of other 15" styles. If you have 15" wheels with hubcaps, I would appreciate knowing if any of these measure less than 16 7/16" and what year and model that were fitted on. Thanks. e-mail Andy: carsone. net
#248 of 1197 Volvo S70 repairs
Jun 21, 2001 (5:48 pm)
Let's see if I can remember all of the repairs, besides the three recalls:
Yep, had all the door interiors pull away. Only took the dealer (Koons in Owings Mills MD) 8 months to get the right part. Yep, had the dead battery, all of the sudden in the garage. Pro-rated warranty still would have cost more than the Interstate I put in myself. Power antenna is broken, I'm sure that'll cost a fortune. Yep, also have replaced about 12-15 lightbulbs. The Check Engine light has come on 5 times, replaced oxygen sensors under warranty, the latest Check Engine light cost me $1200. It's just out of warranty, it's obvious the lastest was the result of a problem that existed in warranty (bad air pump) but Volvo Customer Service and the dealer want nothing to do with any kind of concession. Got a whopping 35,000 miles out of the first set of tires, the replacements are $150 each. Oh yeah, to the gentlemen who has the "squeak in the wintertime", means your sway bars are bad, they cost $400 to fix. I can't afford to keep this car with the repair bills. Anyone know what a good replacement would be?
#249 of 1197 To hatemyS70
Jun 22, 2001 (5:10 am)
I had a 1999 Volvo S70, and as much as I liked the car (when it ran properly), it kept trying to make me get rid of it. I didn't have a problem with the squeaks/rattles, and got used to replacing the bulbs (I kept a pile of them in the garage and trunk), but it left me dead 3 times, two tows required, and no problem ever found...just would not start. And, I babied the car. I would say to you that there is little else non-european that drives, brakes and handles like a good euro car, but I came to the conclusion that a reliable, dependable car that always runs the same, handles the same and ALWAYS STARTS is a reasonable tradeoff. December 2000 I traded the S70 away for a Toyota Avalon. Yes, I looked at many other options, including Infiniti, Maxima, Acura, Lexus and found them to be good cars, but in some cases not worth the money, in others (the Acura) I found the interior to be too confining. The Infiniti I30 is a good deal for the money, but only one dealer in the area, not near where I live. No, the Avalon seats are not as comfortable as the Volvo seats (I don't think anything is) and although the brakes are very good, they're not as good as a Volvo, BMW, Audi. But it is quiet, safe and reliable, and gets great gas mileage (mixed town and highway 23+ and highway 29-30). I have 7500 miles on the Avalon, and have been to the dealer once for an oil change and tire rotation. When I bought the Volvo (1999) it had 5000 miles on it...at 7500 miles I'd been to the dealer 6 times (and I know this for a fact, because I just threw out all of the service records) for dead battery, blown bulbs, rattle in the sunroof, unbalanced tires, squealing brakes, exhaust smell in the car, bad wiper blades, and the list goes on.... I would look at Volvo again, but only if their reliability over the long haul improves dramatically. That should be about 30 years from now.
#250 of 1197 S70 Performace
Jun 25, 2001 (12:32 pm)
I got a 99 s70 T5 as my graduation present about a year and a month ago. Since then, I have taken the mileage from 9000 miles to 35000. I will agree with somethings. I have had the trouble with the lights repeatidly and some interrior problems with the lining around the windows. I am also ticked that volvo CD players don't like blue backed CDs very much. But, I must say I have not had extremly serious problems with any mechnical features of my car. I drive the hell out of this car too and often break many speeding laws around Atlanta as well as abusing the turbocharger more than I should. Once my car makes 50000 miles if I have tremendous problems as many of you have had, I am going straight to the Audi or BMW dealer and getting a new car. As of now I really enjoy my car and have gotten a lot of driving pleasure out of it.
#251 of 1197 2000 S70 - Good Car?
Jul 01, 2001 (11:37 am)
We own a 2001 V70 wagon and are very happy with it (bought it per-certified with 11,000 miles on it) ... am thinking about now trading in our 1998 WV Cabrio (5 speed with 22,000 miles) for a 2000 S70 (perhaps a GLT) ... can anyone comment on reliability of S70? We're relatively "new" to the Volvo culture ~ is their "precertification" program reliable/honest? What does the GLT have that a "plain" S70 doesn't have ... prefer the styling of the 2000 (more "squared") than the 2001 sedans ... looks like too many Ford engineers got their way! Any comments ~ either pro or con would be welcomed!
#252 of 1197 2000 S70 SE - to buy or not to buy?
Jul 02, 2001 (8:04 pm)
Yes, I was very excited about my 2000 S70 SE with 19K still under warranty for another 30K UNTIL I read all these messages. Anyone who has had this model and year for some time please advise on any electrical/interior issues with your vehicle. It sounds like the majority of the issues I read about are '98, '99 and turbot related but of course the 2000 has not been out there as long. Any info good or bad is welcomed because I am suppose to sign papers and take possession in two days! This is my last chance. Send your messages soon!!
#253 of 1197 Volvo S70 annoyances
Jul 17, 2001 (9:46 am)
I have also experienced some problems with my 2000 Volvo S70 SE GLT, which I bought in early May with 12,100 miles on it:
The turn-signal switch failed.
The "antenna ring" in the steering column (receives the signal from the silicon chip in the ignition key) failed, making starting problematic.
The SRS (air bag) sensor switch failed, making air bag deployment in a crash highly unlikely.
All these items have been fixed under warranty. Otherwise, the car is great. It has lots of power, gets excellent mileage and is very comfortable. This is my third Volvo. The first was an '83 240 wagon which I bought new at the end of '82 and drove for over 15 years and more than 285,000 miles. The second was a '97 850 sedan which I bought in Jan. 98 with 12,500 miles on it (it was previously in a rental fleet). We now have over 67,000 miles on it and it has been virtually trouble free. I'm hoping the new S70 will turn out to be an equally good purchase.
#254 of 1197 Help Clicking Brakes on my 2000 S70 SE GLT
Jul 19, 2001 (5:26 am)
I have to admit, I have been happy with my Volvo. Now about 1 year old, no burnt out bulbs or any other problems. The only issue is that from time to time when I step on the brake pedel I feel it clicking and pulsating. In fact if you listen you can hear it click. There is no pattern to when this happens. At times I can go a week and have it happen under light breaking and also under heavy breaking. It has happend since the car was new. I told the dealer and they took it for a "test Ride" and did not encounter any problems. That I expected. Has anyone experienced this. The dealer is claiming ignorance and said he has not heard of the problem. I think he is full of it. I would appreciate any comments or suggestions on how to pursue this problem.