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Volvo XC70, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Interior, Steering, Wagon
#1 of 16 2008 XC70 Problem/issues
Sep 06, 2008 (5:40 pm)
Hi to all of you new owners of the 08 XC70.
Here are some of the issues I'm having.
1. Power tailgate motor failure. Had in into the dealership five times now. Still not resolved.
2. Adaptive steering in not consistent. I start in low but get high stiff steering. Setting is set at low force.
3. Rear hatch make more noise than a creeky old rocker on a uneven floor.
4. Mileage considerably worse than my 2002 XC70.
5. Accelerator seems disconnected from the response, especially at slow speeds. Maybe the 09 turbo version will remedy this.
#2 of 16 Re: 2008 XC70 Problem/issues [nibs]
Oct 21, 2008 (3:23 pm)
Power tailgate motor replaced.
Adaptive steering sensor replaced.
Rear hatch lubricated to death.
Acceleration still less than expected.
Fuel economy remains very poor.
#3 of 16 Re: 2008 XC70 Problem/issues [nibs]
Nov 07, 2008 (2:53 pm)
How poor is very poor? Are you talking about city mileage, or hwy mileage too?
#4 of 16 OEM Tire Problems
Nov 08, 2008 (6:42 pm)
My 2008 XC70 is equipped with OEM Continental tires. I just noticed today that the front tires are almost worn down to the the wear bars at 11,500 miles of mostly highway driving, which was extremely surprising. I am meticulous about tire pressure and vehicle maintenance.
After a little research, it turns out that these Continental tires are junk... zero tread wear warranty and they have a history of wearing out in as little as 15k miles.
First: Thanks, Volvo, for putting garbage tires on your vehicles, which means your customers will shell out hundreds of dollars for new tires after a year of driving.
Second: If I had known this, I would have insisted that the dealer change the tires before purchase. Don't make the same mistake if you're thinking of buying a new Volvo with Continental tires.
Third: has anyone else had this problem?
#5 of 16 Re: OEM Tire Problems [anon3]
Nov 09, 2008 (12:13 am)
Our Mini has Continental tires, but I don't notice that they wear down faster than other brands. Have you checked the wheel alignment on your XC70?
#6 of 16 Re: OEM Tire Problems [bodble2]
Nov 09, 2008 (4:59 am)
Alignment was checked by the dealer a few weeks ago. The XC70 ships with Continental 4x4 Contact tires, which are Truck/SUV tires and get terrible ratings. OEM Continental tires on a Mini Cooper usually are a version of Continental Conti Contact performance tire, which have much better tread wear warranty depending on the speed rating.
#7 of 16 Re: 2008 XC70 Problem/issues [bodble2]
Nov 13, 2008 (6:12 pm)
I averaged about 10.7 per 100k with my 02 XC70 and have not gotten better than 12.7 with this beast. This is a result of highway and city.
I fed up with the friggen thing and wish I could make it disappear tomorrow. Run people run. Volvo customer care is second rate. Buy a Japan car that will not drain your pocket book to purchase and will require very little service.
#8 of 16 Re: 2008 XC70 Problem/issues [nibs]
Nov 13, 2008 (7:42 pm)
12.7 is not bad if it is city-only driving. I get less than that with my current '04 TL in the city.
I've always liked the XC70, but also have been worried by Volvo reliability and customer service. What makes the XC70 attractive now is the factory cash credit. You can get a nicely equippped one for under $50K CAD with the factory cash. The '09 TL AWD is about $48K, albeit it is fully-loaded at that price.
#9 of 16 Re: 2008 XC70 Problem/issues [nibs]
Nov 21, 2008 (2:49 pm)
Temps have cooled off and early morning frost has become the norm. Went outside on Wednesday, opened the drivers side rear door, placed my briefcase in and then shut the door. Upon getting in the car and starting it up I noticed that the rear door open indicator was on. I got out and opened and closed the door again. No luck, the light stayed on. Finally got the car into service today and the door lock module is faulty.
Also the rear hatch foam was replaced in an effort to reduce the noise coming from the tailgate. No luck there either. I think this is the car that Jack built.
Run people run.
#10 of 16 UPDATE 2008 XC70 Problem/issues [nibs]
Mar 24, 2009 (4:23 pm)
Went through the CAMVAP process and Volvo Canada was ordered to buyback the XC70. Keep all of your documentation and don't be bullied.