Having problems with your 1998 Volvo S70 ?
Used 1998 Volvo V70 was never maintained & had unreported wrecked
\015 I bought a used 1998 Volvo V70 Turbo GLT at a used car lot, and it has become my worse nightmare. The car was a lease car that was never maintained and had an unreported front end wreck. I have dumped so much time and money into this car that I simply can't afford anymore. \015\012I took it to a Volvo specialist (which I recommend not taking it too general mechanic) The diagnostic reported many leaks, breaks and needed replacements; ABS module, oil pump, drive belt, timing belt, torsional mount broken, front ball joint, front strut, power steering rack, rear tire wear bars, heater core leaking, and all tires have uneven wear. \015\012At least $5000 of work which is more than the Volvo is worth. The engine taps because of the oil pump seal and the car is ratteling and making other unusual noises. Of couse the Volvo mechanic assures me the car is worth fixing because it's a great car, I beg to differ \015\012\015\012It's been suggested I drive this Volvo V70 into the ground, use it as a trade in or sell it as a mechanics special. I had an old Volvo and it was a work horse and this newer model isn't worth a pigs ear. \015\012\015\012What should I do, I really I can't afford a second car loan. I can't in good conscience sell it to an innocent potential buyer.\015
As a technician of 30 years here is what I suggest, only fix the issues that affect the performance of the car, forget leaks unless they are pouring oil/transmission fluid out, a few drops overnight will cuase any serious problems, if u have coolant leaks they should be fixed, a large loose of coolant can cause allot of damage from overheating due to the fact the engine is aluminum, have the oil pressure tested, if it is at least 20 pounds at idle leave that alone, the rattle is most likely camshaft followers and will not cause the car to fail, if it has a loud knock when started that is a different story, that means a worn out crankshaft bearing or a bad rod bearing, this would have to be fixed to assure u don't get stranded with a blown engine, if u would like to call please do and we can discuss these repairs you where recommended in more detail. Dennis @ 925-459-0571
You are really stuck here, you cannot afford to fix the repairs, your best bet is to simply sell it and get it off your mind. you might NOT want to sell it to a innocent buyer but you can always report it stolen and get a insurance payout or somthing simiar on those line's, its NOT ideal but IS something to consider as you are at a large loss here.
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