I read review by Bruce from Charlotte, detailing his mech issues with 2004 XC70. Unfortunately everything issue he described has occurred with my vehicle. Same time, same things. I have enjoyed my XC70 for 12 years, and hoped to reach the mileage levels known for Volvo's. The continuously repairs at high prices and now issues with the proprietary ABS module .
I own 2 xc70 wagons. One is a 2004 with approximately 192,000 miles. I write approximately because the abs module went on the car and the odometer stopped working. The brakes work fine, the abs actually works but the abs and brake lights warnings are constantly on. Charlotte Volvo quoted me $1700 to replace the abs module. The control arm bushings wear worn after nine years and dealer estimated repair at $761. At same time spring seats and strut bearing also worn and dealer estimated repair at $523. I declined repair and 4 years since wheels have not fallen off. If you buy this model expect to be continually replacing the light bulbs. I have had the same problem with the 2007 so the cars seem to be plagued with electrical problems. Positives about the car the engine is great, the turbo works well and the car is very comfortable. The 2007 also has had electrical problems. The radio dies and Volvo wanted $700 to replace. I purchases an aftermarket. The catalectic converter sense went after three years ownership. I have been told this is a very common problem with Volvo's. Another $600 service. Dash warning lights seem to come on and then go off for no reason. Dealership has told me that there is nothing mechanically wrong with the car but it is plagued with minor electrical problems. Be warned I has the dealer replace the timing belts on both vehicles. On the 2004 I had no problems but on the 07 the dealer did not replace the belt properly and the car has been sluggish and engine has a wising sound ever since. Volvo Charlotte claims that there is nothing wrong. I cannot in good conscience recommend this model car or any Volvo. I have owned three Volvo wagons and the 07 is the last Volvo I will ever purchase. The best thing about Volvo's were the Volvo turbo engines. The new Volvo's all come with engines made in China. I suspect the electrical problems that have plagued all 3 of my Volvo wagons will continue in the new Volvo's.
I spent an average of $200 per month over 11 years to maintain this car. Volvo service and part were way to expensive. Every time I took the car to Stamford CT Volvo for regular service, they always came up with additional expensive repairs. I bought an extended warranty for $2000 but it did not pay since it id not cover the things that went wrong enough to pay off ( computer stuff for example).
I have always loved the way the XC70 has looked. Even now that I have owned it for about 10 years it still looks new. Yes I have taken care of the paint and plastic on the exterior. Yes I have tried to take care of the inside to. Yet I lived for three years where it got to 40 degrees below zero. The paint... Looks like new. Other than a few dings and scratches it looks great. The interior looks great except for the driver seat. I tried to take care of it with regular cleaning and conditioning but the leather cracked and now has holes in it. But other than that it survived the brutile winters. The all wheel drive is second to none. Made it to placeses even jeeps could not go. Great vehicle.
i own an 850@450,000 km. needed 2nd car, found a 2004 XC70@65,000 from Volvo dealership. thinking this is going to be great. <one year goes . Transmission, ABS, Anit-Skid Control, Speed sensor, ABS sensor. All had problems at best. Sounds expensive to fix .you are right. More than once it scared the crap out of me. ie: in an intersection when the ABS engaged while i was trying to drive. kids were in the car. got almost nothing on a trade for a Honda . This is a computer on wheels. the computer is in the engine compartment so it overheats. who knows. There were many electrical issues. I once honked the horn with cruise control button. not the same quality as pre 1998. it almost killed me.
lots of leg room , nice leather,
before all the electrical problems awesome in bad weather. i was so proud of my car . my dream car was the XC70. i am so sad this happened.
when i bought it i thought this is going to be my car forever . i thought i would never have to buy another car. i have never been sad about a car before.
i never write reviews. this car almost killed me more than once. i was scared when my wife drove it with the kids in it. i had to get rid of it to have piece of mind.