Last post on Feb 10, 2007 at 8:38 PM
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Volvo V70, Volvo V70 R, Car Buying, Wagon
#7 of 9 Re: 2006 V70 Transmission Lemon [croncast]
Feb 01, 2007 (5:50 pm)
Croncast - Do you have a lemon law on your state? I've never checked the details, but in MA, I think the third time back for the same issue in some period of time gives you the right to return the car for a refund. We have had zero problems through 26K with ours
#8 of 9 Re: 2006 V70 Transmission Lemon [croncast]
Feb 10, 2007 (8:38 pm)
Just to share a bit about my experience with Volvo. I purchased a new 2001 V70 2.4T from a dealer in New England and had it shipped out to Seattle (I wanted cloth and that seemed to be the only one - btw, my cloth interior looks like it just came out of the showroom - so unlike the leather I am seeing on aging V70s). Anyway, as much as I like this car (and I really do) it has been a constant frustration: my local dealer knows me by name. I have been hit by every service bulletin from 2001. The transmission went out at 36K. I have been plagued by front suspension problems. I have had 5 alignments within the past year - the car goes straight but my steering wheel doesn't. Odd that 4 local Volvo dealers can NOT straighten my steering wheel tracking. The turbo just went out at 58K. The worst part is that the steering is the worst of any car I have owned. MY ADVICE: make sure you have some type of extended service contract because you will need it.
Here is the odd part - I want another V70/XC70. I thought about Acura, Lexus, Honda, GMC, Cadillac, even the Azera, etc. I tried out a bunch of new cars but I can't get excited about anything but the V70 line. I guess I caught the Volvo bug and am used to the versatility of it. It is a comfortable car. My Uncle in Germany summed it up nicely; Volvo's are more like tractors. I agree in that they are not overly refined like higher end Euro/Japan cars, they drive like trucks and have a bank vault feel to them. It is a mixed bag.
I will not: get a V70 without turbo (even though I had my turbo replaced, the 2.4 is a gutless wonder), I won't get it without speed sensitive steering (non SSS is horrible), won't get the taupe dash as it shows way too much glare in direct sunlight. My graphite dash shows very little glare (this issue has been addressed with the new 2008). So when it comes to purchasing a used Volvo know the risks, read the reviews and talk to owners.
Again, I have had more problems than any other car I have owned but I want another one.