Commonly reported problems with the Volvo XC70 include a transmission that fails to shift properly, excessive wear of the front control arm bushings, failure of the anti-lock brake system control module, and excessive wear of the upper engine mount. The most common complaints concern transmission problems.
Many Volvo XC70 owners have complained of excessive shifting time, difficult shifting and downshifting, and a complete loss of transmission function. In some cases, the problem may be resolved with a software update performed by a competent repair shop. These problems are most commonly found on the 2003 model.
Others have complained of abnormal noise, swaying or bouncing in the front end. The symptoms were often the result of excessive premature wear in the front control arm bushings, excessive wear of the upper engine mount, or prematurely worn sway bar end links. Many technicians recommend inspection of the sway bar end links during car service, with replacement if they are found to be loose. The problems are most often found with model years 2003 through 2010.
Another commonly reported problem is the premature failure of the anti-lock brake system, often accompanied by the activation of one or more warning lights on the dashboard. This problem is most common on the 2003 through 2007 models.