Swedish car maker, Volvo first began producing the V70 five door station wagon, in 1997. The second generation followed in 2000 and was produced until 2007, which includes 2003's XC70. Volvo has a lot of brand loyalty but their cars may experience problems occasionally.
Loose Steering: Some Volvo owners have experienced a problem with steering where their cars begins to drift to the left or right and need to be controlled firmly with both hands to prevent drifting.
Low Beam Headlight Fail: If both the low beam headlight bulbs fail to come on in your Volvo, this mean that both bulbs have burned out or more likely, the shunts have overheated and need to be replaced.
Hard Transmission Shifting and Noises in Cold Weather: Some Volvo owners have reported hearing loud clanking and shuddering noises coming from the transmissions of their vehicles. This seems to happen only in colder weather and soon resolves itself.
Electrical Problems: Some drivers of the V70 and XC70 have reported a flickering in all exterior and interior lights of their cars. Additionally, their cars have experienced total power failures and shut off while driving.
Fuel Sensor Issue: Some Volvo owners have been confounded by a check engine light that goes on continually and have experienced stalling issues as well. This could be a faulty fuel sensor or it could be something more serious.
If you are the owner of a second generation V70 or XC70 Volvo and have encountered any of the problems outlined above, you should take your car to a nearby import mechanic. It may be cheaper than taking it to the dealership and you can trust their expertise.
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