Re: 2000-02 V70 T5 wagon buying tips, big $ maint issues after 70K mi, etc. (Hobart)
My '01 V70-XC just turned 75,000 miles. I just put on what I think is the third set of Perelli Scorpion S/T tires. I believe the second set went on just before I bought the car @45,000 miles, so I probably got about 35K miles on them. Shortly after I had the car I noticed a rattle in the front end, I believe it was the left tie rod was replaced to fix the problem. Seems as if I had it aligned like every six months, and its not like I drive the car off road, of course some of the highways in PA a worse than some back roads. I would check my maintenance records but the car is in the shop right now for a state inspection and the 75,000 mile service. I have had a re-occurring leak at the hose connection to the Power Steering Reservoir. I was told Volvo has come out with a Service Bulletin to replace the reservoir with an upgraded design but don't have any other information on this, will post more as information becomes available. I have also noticed a "hard shift" between 2nd and 3rd gears, more so under loads, and when you go from R to D there seems to be a longer than usual delay in engagement. Service Manager says they can't find anything wrong, no codes and can't really duplicate the symptoms, but I suspect this is early signs of ETM problems. I also am having another tie rod replaced, just got a message from the Service Manager. Since the car is a Certified Used its covered less the $50 deduct. Other than these issues the car has been great. I put about 24,000 miles a year on the car.