When I bought my 2000 V70XC, it was a car that I wanted to be a replacement for my twelve year old, 1990 Toyota Camry (with over 300,000 original owner miles, one clutch and a couple changes of break pads and shoes). That was in 2002. Today, I am about ready to drive it off a cliff, not for expensive mechanical repairs, but for a plethora of cheep, plastic (Nylon) parts, within much more expensive assemblies. Case in point, the rear hatch lock- the breakdown of the plastic covering the latch. Front passenger door lock, a Nylon cam responsible for allowing the outside handle to open the door. The Nylon coolant expansion tank, a designers brilliant move. It was placed up against the inside fender, causing the Nylon to be worn away, causing a slow leak.
And now, JUST after using J.B. Weld to fill in and SEAL the hole on the expansion bottle, as well as around the bottom drain where the Nylon began checking and cracking, I find that my radiator, on the EXACT SAME SIDE AS THAT in adk793's post.
I couldn't believe it. I first thought that the coolant was blowing past one of the repair's. I wasn't until I arrived home, and two gallons of anti-freeze later, that my daughter and I heard a hissing noise after I had turned the engine off. I popped the hood, and saw right away, a bulge just below the upper hose, then splitting the rest of the way.
I had repaired the bottle, as I mentioned, with the J.B. Weld (Great material, but, if you are the owner of this model and year, buy the version 'Industro Weld'. It comes in a five ounce tube. You'll need plenty of it!!).
So now, my car is down, again, my two teens and wife can't remember a time when the Volvo was actually working and not a work in progress and I need to decide between an aluminum or copper/brazed radiator.
I will keep repairing the small plastic shit that Volvo contracted to have made for them. I can't see spending over $300 to replace lock assemblies, when the problem is a plastic component costing Volvo, I''m sure, less than $0.50.
As a design engineer with over 20 years in manufacturing small, mechanical assemblies, it fries me that they used some of the plastic they did, in assemblies that are constantly used. Have they, or their German contractors, not heard of injection molding and the fiber reinforced plastics available?
So, I'm done with my diatribe. I really want to like my V70XC, but I've not had a long enough, uninterrupted opportunity to to do so. Volvo US and Volvo Sweden, needed to have belly up'd to the bar and took responsibility for the problems this model had from nearly the beginning of its release.
And for, [b]adk793 [/b], keep an eye on your infamous XC70 1999-2002 Throttle Body. This is, fortunately, under warranty, due to the hard work Volvo owners did in forcing Volvo to issue a RECALL and the Feds to determine that it is a significant safety issue.
Well, it's back to searching for a new radiator. Later!!
2000 V70XC AWD, 125,000 mi.
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