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My 1998 Volvo S70's A/C stops blowing cold air after about an hour. When I turn off the A/C and turn in back on 10 minutes later, the air is cold again. I took it in for servicing and had the freon checked, no leaks. The mechanic told me that the compressor may be failing, repair estimate $1100. Does this sound right? Could it be fixed without replacing the whole compressor? ... Read More
There are several ways: 1. the badge on the trunk. 2. the sticker under the hood. 3. look at the engine itself. Look at this pic of a turbo engine. The large black hose going over the top-right side of the engine comes from the turbo back to the intercooler. If you don't have that hose, you don't have a turbo. You can also look at the back of the engine ... Read More
volvo s70 1998 is it a turbo? How can i find out, i have been to 2 different mechanics and they don't know. i need to replace the neutral safety switch but the parts are totally different on the turbo and non turbo models. I have a four door sedan , automatic. thank you
We purchased a 1998 volvo s70 for our daughter and it has been a really good little car. We recently put new tired on it and had it tuned up. We had the spark plugs and spark plug wires replaced. Not long after that we got an error P335 for the crankshaft position sensor. We have replaced this sensor and cleared out the code. The car ran much better, but then ... Read More
I disagree about the 1998 not being reliable. I have one with 230,000 miles and it has been wonderful. Actually my cousin is a mechanic and said that it is the year you want since after 1998 they made it so you have to plug the car in at the dealer to use their diagnostic system that has a proprietary uplink to Volvo in Sweden. Issues I have had are MAS ... Read More
I had the same experience on my 1998 Volvo s70. My 17 year old drives it and it started doing exactly what you described. Anyway, I spent $130 at Kragen for a re-manufactured Mass Air Flow(MAF). It took less than 20 minutes to replace at home.
I replaced the o2 sensor before and after the cat..so far so good.
I'm going to replace the temp sensor next..mine is a non turbo
I have an S70 volvo that does the same thing. I can be on the interstate and it just lose power and starts right back up. I have spent thousands of dollar for them to figure out what causes it. They always say they can't duplicate the problem. Is your car a turbo? I've had a fuel pump, mass air flow sensor and I will have to look at my repair ... Read More
it just stalls out of the blue..the dealer cannot figure it out..i've put a fuel pump and mass air flow sensor and it still stalls
I will start out with doing a transmission flush and then see. I just flushed my 1998 s70 turbo this weekend and spent around $60 (used 10 quarts of Dex III, 2 1/2 gallon milk jugs and a clear plastic tubbing from Lowe's) doing it myself.
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 ... Read More
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?
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?
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 ... Read More
I have a 1998 volvo s70 with check engine light on system lean - downstream o2 sensor had 0.00 for reading- changed o2 sensor cleared codes, car goes into closed loop but still not 02 reading from second sensor- no other codes are present have checked wiring to o2 sensor up to connector on transmission - all ok ...visually inspected wiring to computer - does not appear to be any damage ... Read More
my wife has a 1998 volvo s70 sedan, auto, non-turbo. while driving, the charging system warning lite came on, and after continuing to drive, slowly but surely, the rest of the dashboard warning lights started to come on one at a time-srs, abs, etc(this is how my wife described it to me), until the dash looked like a Christmas tree, and the car finally petered out just as she pulled into ... Read More
Problem: No start (crank but not run), water coolant sensor, radiator fan relay. Model: S70, 1998, 2.4 engine. Situation: Will not start (crank but not run), when cold plus cooling fan runs after cranking engine. Repair items which made no difference: new fuel filter - located by passengers rear tire = $30. new spark plugs - located engine center under top cover plate (Bosch +4) = $35. new battery = $65. ... Read More
Hello..we have a 1998 S70 sedan. It has been a terrific car for us, and recently the battery had to be replaced. When we took it in the odometer read 101,000 miles. When we picked it up, it read 12,000 miles. The mechanic had no idea why it happened,,,and many calls to Volvo have resulted in frustration, not information. Does anyone have any idea what may have happened here?
Cindyrou: I currently own a Volvo 1998 S70 GLT with about 109,000 miles. While the Volvo is a great car, the maintenance however, does not come cheap at all. Even with regular maintenance (which I have performed timely over the years), it does have its shares of unexpected problems now and then. While these repairs are not major in any case, it still will set you back a few hundred dollars ... Read More
You didn't mention which model. GLT? T5? base? In any case, to be perfectly honest, it does not sound like the S70 is for you. If you are looking for something inexpensive, easy to maintain, cheap, and will last another 100k, it sounds like you should be looking at an older 'yota or honda 4-cylinder. The s70 is a great car, but I cannot recommend it for someone looking for basic ... Read More
My 1998 Volvo S70 kind of mirrors your experience. With 123K miles, I am amazed also that there are no rattles, not much wear on the cloth seats and I give it oil changes "Every 3,000 Miles at Jiffy Lube". And the car accelerates well, no play in the steering, starts easily- only thing is that the radio needs replacing (a common problem I understand) and the occasionally the lightbulb issues. ... Read More
Note: I sincerely apologize to all forum members as I made a mistake by posting errorneously my message as a New Discussion topic. My message should appear in this forum instead. To the hosts: Please delete my discussion topic. I am sorry again. Does anyone know how long is the airbag warranty for a 1998 S70 GLT? Here is my dilemma: ==================== In May 2005 (mileage: 104,000), the SRS light came ... Read More
why does my 1998 volvo s70 glt have squeaky brakes??? is there any way to fix it? its sooo loud. i can see pedestrians walking on the street annoyed by the sound when i brake near them. advice is appreciated. thx!
is there any way i can increase the HP and torque of my 1998 volvo s70 glt without shelling over too much money?
my 1998 volvo s70 glt with 121,000 miles is not running all too well. when i start up the car, the "service light" turns on and will remain on for about a minute. then it will go away. does anyone know why it is doing this??? thx!
Thanks to this forum; I took my 1998 Volvo S70 to the mechanic to have both the timing belt and water pump replaced. The car has 127K miles and I have no history to fall back on. This mechanic(and I trust him) said it was the wise thing to do. Yep, this car is expensive.
I suspect my young adult ruined the engine in this 1998 S70 GT by using poor quality regular gasoline even after several warnings. The sensor was replaced and several mechs looked and said dump the card. Black smoke (no oil leak apparent) continues to invade passenger compartment and environment. It was purchased used and is still bank owned. Is a rebuilt engine recommended?
Again, this is a common Volvo S-70 problem (according to my independent Volvo repair place)- I have a 1998 S-70 (non turbo) now with 108K. At about 85K, the power steering fluid drained out (big mess) but I was able to drive it without PS (good exercise!!!) to the repair place. They dropped the "stack" and repaired it for "only" $200, but said that it is more common to have to ... Read More
sjaz . . . did you ever find your sun visors? Have the same issue, except now the dealer wants considerably more! Thanks.
I bought a 1998 Volvo S70 today for my daughter, mainly because it will be a safe car. It currently has 110K on it, but runs well. One minor problem... To shift out of park, I must push the shift lock override button. Any ideal why? Also, any common problem area with this model? I'm hoping I can get a few thousand trouble free miles out of it. Thanks
How do you replace the flasher unit on a 1998 Volvo S70?
no problem. yes, of course there is the safety factor. Its what volvo was built on and stake their reputation on. Luckily, I haven't had to fully test the safety of mine. I did get slammed sideways into the retaining wall on the highway going 80 mph ... and only had a dented fender and 2 scraped wheels .. so that impressed me. Well, don't let the laundry list I stated ... Read More
I 'm from toronto too, i go to a guy who used to work at Volvo Villa but now work at Volkwagen. He did the repairing in his house garage at weekend , if you want to try let me know . I am not sure your problem is . I have s70 1998 tons of problems , lucky we bought extend warranty , but now the warranty is over , ... Read More
Guys I read in different web sites that the problems with Electronic Throttle Body in S70 1998 – 2000, is well known by VOLVO and they compensate for the repair / replace cost. Is it true? Does anybody know how to do it. I am at the point to replace / Clean the ETS on my 99 S70. Thanks
Thanks everyone! About the radio lights: I asked the dealership and (naturally) they said I would have to replace the entire radio to fix that. (Go figure - it' a dealership) I've taken off the front plate and KNOW that the lights come out. So, does anyone know where can I find replacements? Especially if people change the colors, etc. I love music and I'm happy with the sound in the ... Read More
Hello everyone - I've been browsing the forums for a couple days now. This seems like a wonderful place for finding out things about cars even the dealership or shop won't tell you! I used to have an 850 and I loved that car! It saved my life when I was involved in an accident by a drunk driver. I needed a car asap, as I am a student in college ... Read More
I've read thru many posts on this forum. We purchased a 98 S70 T5 in mid 1998 and it has been an excellent vehicle. We also purchased the extended warranty which covers everthing on the car for 150,000 miles. We have had a few occasions to use the extended warranty (ABS system failure, A/C computer replacement,etc...) but overall this has been a great car to drive. We have had the dealer ... Read More
We own a 1998 S70 which we bought new and now has 21,000 miles on the clock. Always dealership serviced. Last week my wife was T boned at the driver's side front by a car that blew a red light. The impact spun her car around and she hit another car head on. She slammed her head and left side against the inside of the drivers door. Suffered a concussion and ... Read More
Just moved to DC area, and have a 1998 S70 GLT with 53K miles on it. If anybody has any suggestions for a good independent mechanic that does volvo work in the DC area, I would love to hear them. Thanks, Niclas
My 1998 Volvo S70 (basic model, no turbo) has just about 60K miles on it now and it has been a good car. Great seats, good features and handling, about 22mpg city (on Premium fuel), no big problems since a bunch of them about a year ago (brakes, abs controller, power windows). The car is a keeper, but (as with any European car), the maintenance is more often and higher priced ... Read More
For what its worth, I have owned a 1998 Volvo S70 GLT for the last 4 years and 50K and outside of some minor bulb issues (corrected under warranty), the car has been bullet proof. Now granted, the Volvo is no BMW from a performance perspective, but this is one comfortable, well built, solid and safe family cruiser. Find yourself a local mechanic that works on European cars and put $1500 ... Read More
A friend is selling his 1998 Volvo S70 T5. It's fully loaded, including the sports suspension and is automatic. It has less than 10, 000 miles; that's right, no misprint, 10,000 not 100,000. Edmunds says the TMV for a private party sale is $16, 800. Kelly Blue Book says the car is only worth $15,500 even at this ultra low mileage. What kind of offer should I make him? Is this ... Read More
I have had this car for four years (bought it one year used) and have been relatively pleased with it since most of the repairs occurred during the warranty. I have ,however, had four batteries in the last two years. I thought that it was the alternator but when I went to get my last battery replaced at Advanced Auto parts they tested the alternator before giving me a new battery ... Read More
I'm am absolutely sure (100% certain) there is no self-reset procedure for a 1998 Volvo S70. I have talked to many owners and a couple trusted mechanics. There isn't a way to do it yourself for the 1998 model year. I've got a big trip coming up during Christmas time. Driving from DC to south Florida and back. This is by far the longest trip with my 1998 S70 T-5 yet. ... Read More
Hi folks. I live in Chicago and am in the market for a new car. I found one I like however the deal didn't close because of the trade value I was offered for my pristine, silver loaded 1998 S70 GLT. The dealer offered me $10,000. The edmunds trade in value is around $13,500. The dealer gave me the usual song and dance of how Volvo don't move. My response was ... Read More
I purchased my automatic 1998 Volvo S70 T-5 in July of 2001. I bought it with 40,000 miles, and since have put an additional 12,000 miles on it. I've been very happy with my purchase. Some of the things I love about my S70 are: 1. It's very comfortable and roomy. (I'm 6'3 225lbs, so it takes a good bit of interior room for me to consider a car comfy) 2. ... Read More
You guys are gonna cringe at this one. My wife let her '98 S70 go without 60K and 70K mile services. I just had the 70K mile service done last week at 77K+ miles. I couldn't believe that she let it go so long. Everything seemed to be in order, but she needs new front rotors and pads...about $375 at an independent shop. $275 at another one if we go with ... Read More
1998 was the first year of production for the S70. Plagued with problems, especially electrical problems. Consumer Reports says avoid the S70 in that year. Later years are better (by Volvo standards which aren't high). For used cars, I'd turn to the Japanese which are bullet proof--a late model Toyota, Honda, Nissan Maxima, Acura. A '98 Volvo you're buying someone's problem ridden cast off toy.
I am looking at buying a 1998 S70, with 47K miles on it. It is a certified pre-owned from a Volvo Dealer and they are asking 17,990 for it. Is this a fair price, and what kind of reliability problems should I be aware of (if any) for this model?
Does anyone know where I can purchase new flip down sun visors for a 1998 Volvo S70? Mine (both driver and passenger side) don't stay all the way up when not in use and tend to fall right about eye level. I would rather not get them through the local Volvo dealership since they want about $100 a piece for them. Thanks.
I've been having a problem with the rear brakes of my 1998 S70 GLT. When I apply the brakes there is a really bad vibration from the rear of the car - it feels like the car is going to break apart. I had it to my dealer and they told me that the shims were missing and that I needed new rear brakes (less than 30% remaining). I ended up ... Read More
Wow, that's an uncommon figure. I car that's only 4 years old with 125K miles, impressive. I wouldn't buy this vehicle either. Even with the warrenty, you'll be eating a lot of repair costs yourself. Maybe for about $9,000 US I'd consider it, but I'd want to get a through list of parts replaced by the seller. I'd also want to get an independant mechanic to look it over. I don't ... Read More
I owned a 1999 Volvo S70 base model. This was touted to be more reliable than the turbos. Not so. The ride was rough, tore through light bulbs, squeaked and rattled, rode like a truck, and left me stranded three times. Each time, the dealer, though they tried, could not identify a problem. No, I didn't hate the Volvo, I just think a $30K car should not have the problems it ... Read More
Hello, I'm a first-timer in this discussion. I have questions about a 1998 Volvo S70 with the normally aspirated 2.4L engine. It's an automatic with 68K miles. If you can help out, I'd appreciate it. Question 1: "Volvo" approved coolantAccording to the user manual, the car requires "Volvo" approved coolant, as opposed to plain ol' Prestone or another brand. I was told by a dealership that the "Volvo" coolant had different ... Read More
Well, I've read three questions recently. I have experience with all three. FYI, I have a 1998 S70 T-5 automatic. It is fast. Here are my top recommendations: Shocks: BILSTEINS! all the way, go with the touring version if you want a comfortable ride. The Bilstein HD is a more sporting shock and is suitible if you get lowering springs. If you want a better ride, I'd replace your springs when ... Read More
Purchased a 1998 S70T5 with 33k on it yesterday from a dealer for $15,000. Long story, but the gist of it is that it was a Ford dealer in a smaller town whose "old man" (i.e., the semi-retired owner) just loves Volvos and apparently makes the used manager buy a few every year. There isn't much of a market for Volvos in this particular town. Nothing wrong with the car, other ... Read More
I picked up the car today with the new tranny and computer module. So, I start shifting.....and you guessed it..BANG. I wasa told I was shifting too fast and that 1998 s70's have a different linkage system than newer s70s. I was told to try to duplicate the problem with another s70. I could not but the action on the console appeared to be difficult to get out of park. I ... Read More
I am in the market for a pre-owned S70. A dealer presented me with a 1998 Volvo S70 A. Can anyone help me understand what the "A" is for? Thanks.
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 ... Read More
As an extra bit of FYI to this forum, I'd like to offer my ownership experience with my 1998 S70. From what I've read here and at the brick board, people fall into one of two camps: (1) car has few or no problems, or (2) car is a complete lemon. My 98 S70 5speed has been very trouble free. My only glitch was when the vinyl insert near the door ... Read More
If you go back in this forum, you'll see my comments about the 1999 S70 I owned. I liked the car, but it was way too much trouble for the money. It never ran the same day to day, always had little things that went wrong, and finally, after three times leaving me stranded, I traded it in on a Toyota. I have friends who own S70s, S60s and S80s. The ... Read More
I am currently looking for a reliable car, and am considering Volvo. S70, 1998. This particular car has over 50k miles and extended warranty till 100k. Any advise on the car's reliability and dependability. Thanks. FNA
I'm new to these discussions. I have the opportunity to buy a 1998 S70 GLT. It is Red/Black leather, auto, moonroof, has a Volvo CD changer in trunk, Cold Weather Pkg, and looks immaculate. Only has 16,500 miles. Asking price is $22,800. I can get it for $22,000 and maybe even for $21,500. I was very excited when I first found this, because of it's history of safety and the low ... Read More
I had a 1998 S70 GLT on lease for 3 yrs. In 45,000 miles I did not have any major problems and my cash outlay for maintenance was minimal. I have also had two Maximas, an /89 GXE and a /93 SE -- the best cars I have ever owned in terms of reliability, fit, finish and integrity (read, no squeaks, rattles or other funny noises). The Maximas were both run ... Read More
Stickguy thanks for the advice. After a number of discussions with the dealership today they (the dealership and Volvo), agreed to cover approximately half of the repair cost. Gung Ho! To Boatman 7. In addition to the 1998 Volvo S70 GLT we also own a 1993 Nissan Maxima SE with 112,000 miles. Our Maxima has been very reliable. My opinion is if your priority is reliability and performance, assuming the S70 ... Read More
I have read the messages about the problems and highlights of the S70. Our 1998 Volvo S70 GLT has been one of the Volvos that have had minor and now major problems. We purchased our car under the loner program with 6,200 miles February 1998. Since that time we have had the following items replaced: 3/98 - Replaced faulty master window switch 5/98 - Replaced trunk light switch 7/98 - Preformed ... Read More
I'm a first-time Volvo owner. Yesterday, I purchased a 1998 S70 (Base) from Carmax. It has 16,000 miles on it. The price was $20,998 before taxes. Despite being a base model (no turbo) it has all of the options, including sunroof, leather, power seats (driver and passenger), CD, automatic, and climate control A/C. Because of the low miles, the car looks, drives and smells brand new. After reading these posts, now ... Read More
I have read through all the posts, and it seems as though the S70 is really bad car. not true. You must keep in mind that all of the prowd S70 owners are out driving their cars, not discussing the problems they are having on some message board, because they don't have any problems. I own a 1998 S70 T5 M and have been 100% happy with it so far. I ... Read More
From almost the time I purchased this luxury sedan it has been nothing but a pain. Starting with the headlights and taillights(which still are a problem) the list goes on.... 2 new batteries, new radio, leather pulling away from all interior doors,strut plates replaced, low oil light not coming on when the car was dangerously low on oil(this car has been serviced faithfully every 5K miles by the way)a coupling devise ... Read More
My wife and I also have an 1998 S70. We purchased it in late '97 and have the same problems with the bulbs, battery, radio, and spedometer. We have 95,000 miles on it and drive it daily in the cold midwest (rain, snow or shine). I do have to say that besides some of the minor issues (they really are minor if you think about it) above, it is still a ... Read More
I've driven Volvo's for over 10 years now, the last one being a 1998 S70. It has been an absolute nightmare. I am on battery number 3 and was stranded each time. (the battery just dies!) I have replaced headlights, tail lights and turnsignals more times than I can count. I told my service advisor that he should start a "Volvo bulb of the month club". Thank heavens this car was ... Read More
Has anyone with a 1998 volvo s70 had trouble with headlights, taillights, directional lights, etc. I have had the car (new) since aug 98 and I have just replaced my 16th light!!! Does anyone have a clue what could be causing this?
Re: S70 2000 The S70 series will not be here in 2001. It will be replaced with the S60. They're are great deals on the remaining 2000 S70's. The light bulb issue was mainly in 1998 S70's and has mostly been resolved. I bought the 2000 S70 GLT-SE about 2 months ago so it's too early for me to give you a realistic long term opinion. I bought the car because ... Read More
I have a 1998 S70 that has had continuing problems with the headlights, brake lights, turn signal lights. Volvo has said that they have no solution. The only solution I have is to get rid of the car and never buy a Volvo again. The really sad thing is that aside from the problems with the lights it has been the most comfortable car I have ever owned.
Help I'm looking at purchasing my first Volvo...considering 1998..S70...or S90...never had a Volvo and would like info as the nearest dealer is 75 miles away as a single lady in mid- fifties and travel alone need a reliable car any input would be great shopping this Wednesday...Thanks
I'm looking to purchase a 1998 S70, automatic, sedan, cold weather pkg, leather. Anything "flookie" I should know? Do the breaks squeal? How loud is the drive? I have never owned a Volvo, but have heard great things about them. I just don't want my first experience to be with a bad year/model. Thanks!
I'm looking at buying a 1998 s70 T5 from a friend. What are the watchouts? Will he still be my friend in 6 months? I've driven it a number of times and it is rock solid. The turbo is powerful and the interior challenged my perceptions of Volvo. Can anyone comment. Thanks much. B92
I just turned in our 1998 S70 GLT upon lease expiration a month ago. In 45,000 miles the car performed almost flawlessly mechanically. It had some of the typical 70 Series minor problems -- turn signal bulbs/sockets burning out and a couple of other minor items that were inconsequential. The car had some truly remarkable features -- unbelievable power on demand, excellent seats, confidence inspiring brakes and sure handling. I miss ... Read More
I own a 1998 Volvo S70 GLT turbo with 40,400 miles and have been reading the comments on the hard ride. I acknowledge the firm ride, especially in the back seat. I wish the car would have a somewhat softer ride but I think this is due to its ability to tow a class II hitch. It is probably the only near luxury car that is actually capable of towing 3,300 ... Read More