Building off of the popular executive class S80, Volvo released their station wagon, the V70, to great consumer acclaim. The 3rd generation of this vehicle was introduced in 2007, and it continued to hold up the high standard set by its predecessors, even going so far as to be issued with a hybrid option. Still, like in all automobiles, there are certain problems that affect the V70:
Power Window Issues: The windows function intermittently, occasionally losing power completely, but then regaining it later on. This problem affects the windows during both raising and lowering.
Leaping Transmission: Feels as though the car is hunting for a comfortable gear and primarily occurring during acceleration. There is a fear that the gears will unexpectedly shift during breaking, causing the car to lurch dramatically forward.
Intermittent Power Loss: The car’s accelerating power will occasionally drop to only a fraction of what it should be. It doesn’t happen during every drive, but it occurs enough to be deemed a repeated problem and a cause for concern.
Gear Change Noises: Strange and unsettling squeaking and rubbing sounds that emanate from the car during forward shifts of gear (1st, 3rd, 5th). Might be a sign that the oil needs to be changed.
Windscreen Problems: A strange and greasy film seems to cover the window at all times. It is most present when it rains, and then the wipers only make the situation worse.
These problems may feel surprising when they occur, but if you take your Volvo to a local import auto repair center, the professionals there will be familiar with each of the themes and variations your car presents. They can often perform the repairs at a fraction of the cost of a dealership.
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