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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,087 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.

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2001 Volvo S60 engine problems

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2001 Volvo S60 Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 092006

S60 5-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 49,635 miles


Emission service error text appeared intermittently after only two months of ownership. Service at dealer reset the module. Less than a month later same message appeared with engine knock. Dealer replaced knock sensor twice but to no avail...then replace the engine on this certified used vehicle.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #6

Feb 152006

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
At 53,000 miles (February 2006) my check engine light, service transmission light and urgent service warning lights came on at the same time. However, I was I not experiencing any noticeable drivability issues. (with the exception of some slightly rough gear shifting - but I didn't think much of it). The dealer told me that the fault code was related to my transmission and that I need a software upgrade to my tcm (transmission control module). If the fault code returned after the upgrade, my transmission would have to be replaced. And that most likely (99.9%) the software upgrade would correct the problem. In addition, I had to pay $340 for the software upgrade because I was 6 months / 3,000 miles out of warranty and software issues where not covered by the extended warranty (3rd party - easycare -[via Ford]). a few weeks later (3/5/06), the check engine comes on again and the drivability deteriorates rapidly on my trip home from work. High RPM's - little power - abrupt shifting. Fortunately, I was close to home (within 1 mile). It felt like the transmission fell apart. I brought it to the dealer (3/8/06), after two days of 'testing', I'm told the ETM was replaced at no charge and to come pick up the car. I picked it up and could not leave the dealer driveway. They apologized profusely and said the ETM was replaced but noticed that there is still a problem. After a few days of troubleshooting by the dealer, I was informed that the car needed a new transmission (and I had to pay an additional $200 for extended warranty co-pay).

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #5

Feb 072006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving at no particular speed, the engine oil pressure light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The dealer determined metal shavings were present in the oil pan resulting in the engine needing replaced and no repairs were made. Additionally, the transmission would not intermittently shift out of park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and repair.

- El Dorado Hills, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 122005

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,800 miles


Car would suddenly lose power, causing unsafe situations in traffic. Warning light would come on along with check engine light and message saying "reduced performance". failure was intermittent at first and instrument lights would go back to normal.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #3

Apr 022005

S60 4WD 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,871 miles
On Saturday April 2, 2005, at about 3:00 P.M., I was returning home with my wife and daughter from a spring break trip to Washington D.C. we had driven for a good part of the day through difficult conditions...considerable rain and even a some snow showers in eastern Ohio. While driving on the Ohio turnpike in the vicinity of toledo, the vehicle suddenly lost power, that is, the car decelerated regardless of foot-pressure on the gas pedal. Although I was at the time in the middle lane of a rather busy interstate highway, I was able to pull over to the right shoulder of the highway, where the car stopped running altogether. I let the car sit for a minute, and then attempted to start the engine again. Although the engine turned over it would not run. Through information provided by geico insurance roadside assistance facility were able to summon a tow truck, which delivered the car, and my family to a Volvo dealership schmidt in perrysburg, Ohio at about 5:00 P.M. on that Saturday evening. This incident, apart from considerable inconvenience and cost, put my family and me in a very hazardous situation. Partly because of the presence of a guardrail, the vehicle came to rest only inches away from the line separating the highway shoulder from the right lane. Because of the heavy traffic much of it consisting of massive trailer-trucks traveling West I think it reasonable to say that the exposure to risk was high. Had the weather very chilly temperatures, a piecing North wind, and the ever-present threat of rain been any better I would have guided my family to the shelter of an overpass about one quarter-mile to the West until the tow-truck arrived. Fortunately, officer mack of the Ohio highway patrol arrived after about 20 minutes, and alerted passing traffic to the roadside hazard with the flashing lights of his patrol car.

- Evanston, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 132005

S60 5-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 69,300 miles
I have a 2001 Volvo S60 T5 and I've been noticing lately the idle on my RPM side going up and down rapidly and the car feels like its going to turn off. Then yesterday the same thing happened and the car shut down and I turned it back on and it begin trying to push itself so I got scared and parked it. Luckily it was by my home and then today I went to retrieve it and it begin doing the same thing. People have been complaining about this problem. I saw some media coverage about this problem due to the throttle body module. Please help and try to get this part recalled because someone can get seriously hurt or even god forbid pass away due to this problem. Thank you.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #1

Apr 252005

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Consumer stated 2001 Volvo S 60 was having a problem with the unit that regulated the air flow into the brakes and engine. The car was making a hissing sound, like air being let into the cabin. This was happening a lot, especially in the heat. The brakes had to be depressed to get the car to stop. Consumer had the car fixed last week at the dealership; the mechanic informed consumer that the air pump to the brakes had to be replaced. This vehicle was not stalling, or losing power, nor were there near misses. Consume R was just responding to this because of what she saw on the news. The warranty expired. Repairs were done at consumer's expense.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

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