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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,332 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.

2005 Volvo S40 engine problems

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2005 Volvo S40 Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 012009


  • 63,000 miles


Engine failure. Car stalled while driving on highway. Car was towed to wynn Volvo. Was told that the belts broke, leading to the breakage of the timing belt, located inside the engine, resulting in major damage to the engine. Was given a quote of $5600 to repair. The car has 63000 miles and the manual does say that the belts need to be replace at 125 thousand miles. The services suggested prior to this does not include any of the belts being replaced. I believe that this should be a recall or atleast considered in the services and now. If this is considered, I would hope that this would warrant Volvo to repair my car at no cost to myself.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #2

Oct 112008


  • 84,995 miles
Engine failure. Car stalled while on highway. Upon arrival at Volvo service dealer, I was told that a drive belt broke, leading to the breakage of the timing belt and subsequent extreme damage to the engine. All belts, pistons, valves and top part of engine needed replacing. Approximate damage was $5000. Car has only 85K on it, drive belt and timing belt have a recommended replacement in manual as 125K. Volvo did nothing to acknowledge this issue, in fact calling out the service record which is impeccable minus a 50K service which would've cost $1500 and did not include any maintenance to the timing belt. In looking up this issue on many websites, it would appear this is not atypical for this make, model and year Volvo.

- Plainville, CT, USA

problem #1

Aug 012008


  • 60,000 miles
In August of 08 my 2004.5(new body style) Volvo S40 T5's engine began to make a high screeching noise at idle and the check engine light came on. It had 61,000miles and I brought it to the dealership where they diagnosed that it needed a new oil trap. The problem has not recurred. My wife's 05 S40 T5 has 58,000miles and the same problem has occurred in her's. there must be an issue with this vehicle.

- Deer Park, NY, USA

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