Volvo V70 Lemon!

15 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Volvo V70 Lemon!

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Volvo V70 Lemon!!

Q. Hello, I bought new, a 1999 Volvo V70 wagon. I have 24,500 miles on it and it runs good, I haven’t even gotten as many miles as dollars it cost ($32,000). The four year warrantee expires in August 2003. Occasionally, when I hit a bump, the radiator overheating warning light lights up on the dashboard. It usually goes out in a few minutes.

This happens about two or three times a week.

Sometimes I turn the engine off and restart the car and it goes out. I have complained to Volvo and they can’t find anything, last maintenance visit (9/02) they took care of it. Friday night the light went on and I restarted the car and the battery was stone dead, no sound, nothing.

Volvo picked it up, later said there was no problems in the charging circuit and replaced the battery, and pro-rated it.

There was a recall on the headlights and back lights about 1#189; years ago, they were constantly blowing out (I bought two or so of those prior).

I told them that the RF-choke, on the radio to prevent RF interference from the ignition circuit, doesn’t work when there is any bulb blown out in the car. When I start getting ticking static on the radio or a hum that tracks the RPM. I check all the bulbs and find one gone bad.

The alternator seems to be under powered or there seems to be a voltage drain. When closing a power window it takes 5 to 6 seconds. When closing two it may take 10 to 12 seconds, and the headlights dim while they close.

I had the driver window switch changed once, it was smoking once.

Cold (frigid) air blows in through the door handles on the interior, and cold air blows in on my feet from another location under the dash. The dealer insists its the fresh air mixer switch being left open. I told them I have my license for 35 years and know how to close the outside air vent. They packed insulation around the door handles and lessened the problem.

I’m worried about moisture being carried in the door and corrosion.

There was also an annoying rattle in the dash tor 18 months, they just solved that problem. Apparently a dashboard mounting bolt was loose and the dash itself was rattling.

I know these seem to be unrelated, but could be indicative of a basic (design) problem, or a deeper problem with the wiring harness.

Let me know if you have any experience or insight to a situation like this with this model. Did I get a Ford make-over lemon, as they bought like a third of Volvo a few years ago.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

A. John, run, don’t walk, away from this car. Trade it in, burn it down or run it off a cliff. This car will wind up costing you a fortune and your first born to keep.

On top of that you’ll never be happy with it. Go to a BMW or Mercedes Benz Dealer and trade it in for a nice BMW 325i or a Mercedes Benz C320.

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