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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
117,760 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Volvo S40 engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Volvo S40 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 112016


  • 93,000 miles


Car caught fire without warning as I was driving it. Car had 93,000 and had passed va inspection in August. I pulled over and called 911. By the time the fire department arrived 3 minutes later, entire engine was engulfed in large flames. The temperature gauge never indicated the engine was running hot. Usaa removed the vehicle, and I don't know whether they will inspect it for cause, but I suspect an electrical malfunction.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 132013


  • 153,280 miles
My car vibrates whenever I reach 60 mph and continues to vibrates if I try to accelerate but stops when I decelerate. I was told it could be a balance problem but why would the whole car vibrate? I was also told it may be worn or old motor mounts, which I believe that more than it being a balance problem. I just need to know for certain so I know what to have replaced and how much I may have to spend.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 312012


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volvo S40. The contact was driving 35 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The engine rpms increased excessively as the vehicle stalled a second time. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileages were 107,000.

- Irvine, CA, USA

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