Volvo V70 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Volvo V70 owners have reported a total of 1,644 problems for their cars built in the 15 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Volvo V70. The 2001 Volvo V70 cars have the most problems reported (448 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Volvo V70

Model Year Number of Problems
  2010 V70
6
  2009 V70
7
  2008 V70
5
  2007 V70
10
  2006 V70
25
  2005 V70
24
  2004 V70
111
  2003 V70
52
  2002 V70
112
  2001 V70
448
  2000 V70
247
  1999 V70
308
  1998 V70
283
  1997 V70
3
  1996 V70
3

  Common problems of Volvo V70

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Volvo V70 cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's vehicle speed control (277 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (220 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Volvo V70

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Vehicle Speed Control
277
  Electrical System
220
  Engine And Engine Cooling
183
  Power Train
173
  Gasoline Fuel System
133
  Service Brakes
110
  Exterior Lighting
83
  Other Fuel System
60
  Suspension
50
  Air Bag
43
   
  Seat Belt
39
  Tire
39
  Structure
35
  Visibility
34
  Latches/locks/linkage
30
  Unknown Or Other
29
  Steering
29
  Seats
23
  Equipment
20
  Air Brake
12
  Electronic Stability Control
8
  Interior Lighting
4
  Parking Brake
4
  Wheel
3
  Child Seat
2
  Traction Control System
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Volvo V70 of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across V70 model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Volvo V70 model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across V70 Model Years

V70
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2010 61,5418    
0.49
  2009 71,0479    
0.74
  2008 53,94010    
0.13
  2007 104,05711    
0.22
  2006 256,97012    
0.30
  2005 247,29613    
0.25
  2004 11115,39614    
0.51
  2003 526,56315    
0.53
  2002 11211,83216    
0.59
  2001 44823,21717    
1.14
  2000 24712,71118    
1.08

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Volvo V70 is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2010 V70
1
  2009 V70
1
  2007 V70
3
  2006 V70
1
  2005 V70
6
  2004 V70
7
  2003 V70
4
  2002 V70
5
  2001 V70
31
  2000 V70
10
  1999 V70
15
  1998 V70
43
  1996 V70
3


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