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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2012

    Default 2008 XC Bushings/battery/tune up

    We bought a 2008 XC70 with 34k miles on it last November for $22k. No dings, scratches, leather, dvd players in the headrests, all around great shape. Carfax looked great. Felt it was a screaming good deal. Love the car and it has done great. We got it from the used lot at a Toyota dealer.

    Took it in today to our local Volvo dealer to get it checked out for a clunking noise that my wife reports around the passenger front wheel when turning and an overall inspection. The dealer called back and the guy said some bushings in the front are getting worn and will need to be replaced for $931 before taxes. Also recommends a "tune up" for $631 - change plugs, cabin filter, etc. He also goes on to say that the battery is looking bad and has ruined the neg cable and that is $465. I choked when he said $465 for the battery/cable! He said the cable harness is going bad since the battery is going bad and to change the harness takes some time therefore the high price. Has anyone heard of a wiring harness where the battery cables going into going bad?

    I am new to life with a Volvo -- do these prices seem right? they seem a little high to me. The car sat on the lot for about 3 months so I can see the battery needing to be replaced but the bushings (he forgot what bushings and will get back to me!) going bad and the plugs needing replacement every 30k miles?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2012


    A good indy shop is good alternative for this kind repairs.
    Also when European automaker will learn how to make ribber bushing, I had Lexus RX330, sold at 125,000 and never had problem with suspension bushing, in other hand BMW is problem with bushings.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    New Mexico


    Like phlfly said...look for an independent. IVS up on 3rd is a reputable Volvo shop in ABQ. I have never used them but know many who are very happy with them. The numbers you were quoted sound like standard dealer. Just had our 08 in for a 60k service (included everything you were quoted) and it ran just over $800...they wanted over $1k for brakes!
    I would have IVS or someone else give it a look...bad suspension
    bushings at 34K means the prior owner ran it on washboard for every mile??
    Hope you find a better solution!

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