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What has failed on your 1992-2000 FWD or AWD Volvo?

Help, Advice and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's extremely popular car line -- Volvo's 1990s "bread and butter" cars -- powered by the ubiquitous and durable Volvo inline 5-cylinder engine.
1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70, V70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70-XC
1997 - 2004 C70

What has failed on your 1992-2000 FWD or AWD Volvo?

02 sensor
117
2%
a/c clutch, compressor, accumulator tank
57
1%
a/c evaporator, purge valve, pressure switch
46
1%
a/c receiver-drier
18
0%
ABS module
175
4%
airguide, skidplate
45
1%
alarm status indicator
8
0%
alternator
64
1%
ball joints
111
2%
battery cable
29
1%
bevel gear
14
0%
brake booster check valve
1
0%
brake caliper
61
1%
brake hoses
38
1%
cabin temperature sensor
20
0%
camshaft position sensor
38
1%
cargo cover on wagons
16
0%
center arm rest, release
38
1%
center hood latch, extension lever
27
1%
control arm
87
2%
coolant expansion tank, cap
80
2%
coolant hoses and clamps
63
1%
crank seal
17
0%
crank sensor
8
0%
cruise control, linkage at the gas pedal
19
0%
cup holders
128
3%
cv boots, axles
145
3%
dash ungluing
71
1%
defroster plate
9
0%
door catch, check strap, hinge
91
2%
door lock actuator
75
2%
door panel ungluing
87
2%
door-lock switch
39
1%
driveshaft
33
1%
ECC electronic climate control
27
1%
ECT engine coolant temperature sensor
41
1%
ECU air tube
21
0%
emissions air pump SAS, relay, valve
53
1%
engine mounts
145
3%
ETM
43
1%
exhaust hanger
46
1%
FPR fuel pressure regulator
8
0%
front washer pump
6
0%
fuel door latch
40
1%
fuel pump, relay
38
1%
glovebox lock
35
1%
grill retaining clips
21
0%
head gasket
15
0%
headliner ungluing
53
1%
heated seats, seat t-stat, seat wiring
57
1%
heater core, blower, resistor, lines
112
2%
IAC idle air control valve
13
0%
ignition coil, coil pack
50
1%
ignition switch, cylinder
37
1%
interior light dimmer
8
0%
interior switch, info switch
16
0%
keyless entry, remote or car
44
1%
MAF mass airflow sensor
101
2%
odometer gear
88
2%
outdoor temperature sensor
15
0%
parking brake cable
48
1%
PCV system
123
3%
PNP switch
29
1%
power antenna, cable
62
1%
power door locks
37
1%
power steering pump
12
0%
power steering rack
28
1%
power window module
20
0%
power window motor
13
0%
power window switch
58
1%
radiator
95
2%
radio, cd changer
42
1%
rear hatch latch
20
0%
rear main seal
36
1%
rear washer pump
33
1%
seat adjustment switch
28
1%
seat belt release
26
1%
seat cable
13
0%
seat leather, cloth surface
96
2%
shift solenoid
13
0%
shift-lock microswitch
29
1%
signal flasher relay
7
0%
speakers, speaker wires
50
1%
spring seats
47
1%
starter
28
1%
steering wheel
11
0%
strut mount
97
2%
sun visors
38
1%
sunroof
36
1%
sway bar link, end link, tie rod
105
2%
tailgate or trunk strut
80
2%
thermostat
73
2%
throttle control linkage
5
0%
timing cover seal
4
0%
transmission
33
1%
turbo oil cooler line, oil return, gasket, o-ring
54
1%
vacuum lines, elbows
101
2%
wheel bearing
68
1%
windshield washer tank
13
0%
windshield wiper arm, post
37
1%
 
Total votes : 4756

Re: What has failed on your 1992-2000 FWD or AWD Volvo?

Postby gbaxa3 » 28 Apr 2012, 23:04

Significant item missing, at least from my wallet's point of view, steering rack. Blew every seal on winter. Passenger front wheel bearing has failed three times in 10 years of ownership. Currently troubleshooting rear wheel, stay is broken, undetermined cable connection is sheared at splice near control arm. The joys of car ownership.
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Re: What has failed on your 1992-2000 FWD or AWD Volvo?

Postby aahmes57 » 12 May 2012, 09:20

Pretty much alot. Bought it for $3200 and I have about $2000 (not counting any misc labor) in parts in it. PCV system, both cam and crankshaft seals, oil coolant lines, struts, ball joints, axles, tie rods, rotors, ABS module, heated seat switch, rr window switch, rear shocks, t-belt and associated components, drivers seat switch, and a few others that escape me at the moment. Runs great at 190,000 so I guess I'll keep it.
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Re: What has failed on your 1992-2000 FWD or AWD Volvo?

Postby mynorsyama » 18 May 2012, 20:37

Dashboard backlight
Horn switch
Radiator fan
Headlight switch
Internal Fan switch
Recirc valve
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Re: What has failed on your 1992-2000 FWD or AWD Volvo?

Postby VTexan » 09 Jun 2012, 02:38

Radiator.
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Re: What has failed on your 1992-2000 FWD or AWD Volvo?

Postby Colonialgirl » 17 Jun 2012, 06:17

I just had to have the Cam Shaft Seals replaced on my 1998 S-70 (Non-Turbo) I was losing oil there like crazy; Thought it was the PCV Oil Separator, BUT after replacing the seals, they checked the crankcase pressure and found ALL to be normal.
BTW, If you are around Tampa or Brandon, FL; Bergman's Foreign Auto Service did an excellent job at a reasonable price and were up front about what was needed and didn't add on to the costs.
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Re: What has failed on your 1992-2000 FWD or AWD Volvo?

Postby Oddbob » 21 Jun 2012, 01:20

I forgot to check (1) shift-lock microswitch and (2) signal flasher relay for my 1996 850.

Other things:
    Misc lights in the dash/radio.
    Backlight for PRND3L.
    Driver window button fell apart.
    Speed sensor at trans went in and out.
    Steering column cover secures broke.
    Horns died early on.
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Re: What has failed on your 1992-2000 FWD or AWD Volvo?

Postby Gubernaculum » 27 Jun 2012, 05:37

Oil pressure failed on me (volvo magic gasket sucked into strainer). So, pulled the pan and replaced the oil pan seals.
Also: PCV (currently in pieces), timing belt replacement, ABS module broke, and ETM sets off the ETS light at least half the time. Cruise control also just stopped working.

And a bunch of other little stuff. All in the first 1000 miles of ownership. Ouch. 98k miles. So far I've had all the classic big $$$ failures so hopefully from here on out I'll be alright.
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Re: What has failed on your 1992-2000 FWD or AWD Volvo?

Postby Veneficus » 28 Jul 2012, 12:30

Missing the convertible top closing mechanism ;)
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Re: What has failed on your 1992-2000 FWD or AWD Volvo?

Postby dbjamin » 06 Oct 2012, 02:10

Tensioner. I'm on engine #2.

Recommend adding that part.
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Re: What has failed on your 1992-2000 FWD or AWD Volvo?

Postby sewsavannah » 19 Oct 2012, 02:19

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Re: What has failed on your 1992-2000 FWD or AWD Volvo?

Postby Ben850 » 19 Oct 2012, 12:34

dbjamin wrote:Tensioner. I'm on engine #2.

Recommend adding that part.


If it was, I would add my vote as well.

I was driving for the last year with an unusual and abstract knocking noise from the front of the engine in the pulley areas. at first I imagined the serp belt was the culprit. After doing the timing belt and pulleys last week, I found the hydraulic tensioner was leaking after I compressed it, so the plastic clip on the tesioner likely saved my engine. The noise is now gone, and I believe the odd knocking was the tensioner pulley bouncing randomly.

By the way Matt, I can still not add to the list. You may have fixed it for everyone else, but since I voted before the fix, I guess I am out of luck. No big deal, I may chime in from time to time with a new failure.
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Re: What has failed on your 1992-2000 FWD or AWD Volvo?

Postby rspi » 28 Oct 2012, 21:03

I actually have a door latch that has jammed and will not let the door open from the inside or out.
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Re: What has failed on your 1992-2000 FWD or AWD Volvo?

Postby rwc2117 » 06 Nov 2012, 20:50

2000 S70 (non-turbo) 142K .... just replaced radiator assy. (Small /slow leak bottom left corner of radiator ... had to refill coolant tank evry two weeks)
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Re: What has failed on your 1992-2000 FWD or AWD Volvo?

Postby Gubernaculum » 04 Jan 2013, 19:48

Adding some more to the list:
gas flap hinge
upper motor mount
ETM finally failed completely
center console cover and front seat covers both fell apart
door panels separating, and leather pulling away from elbow rest (how annoying)
one or two window switches
power seat won't go fwd/backward but other functions work (I suspect the switch)
antenna mast
thermostat
ignition switch cylinder requires the magic touch to turn
cup holder
spring seats

Coming soon:
turbo has tons of shaft play and may be the reason for my smoking problem (pcv job already done)
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