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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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.

2009 Volvo S40 engine problems

engine problem

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2009 Volvo S40 Owner Comments

problem #1

Oct 222013


  • miles


My wife was driving home from a grocery store 3 miles away. A quarter mile from the house she noticed a burning smell. She thought it was from the outside since brush fires are common around South fl. She parked onto our driveway and noticed smoke rising from around the hood. She took the key off of the ignition and the engine kept running. She called the fire department while a neighbor helped and opened the hood. Immediately smoke started billowing and they observed fire in the engine.two fire engines showed up and contained the fire before doing any further damage. Most of the visible damage is between the air intake manifold and the air filter housing. On that drive no warning lights came on, the car radio was working my wife said it was uneventful until the she noticed the smoke. My wife was scared and stressed beyond from what she had to go through. The cars warning system did not work, there was severe failure for this to happen on a 4 yr old car. I called the local Volvo dealer and the rep I spoke with was totally unhelpful and did not offer anything. I contacted the Volvo customer service and so far I have gotten a couple of emails.

- Miramar, FL, USA

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