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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,229 miles

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2001 Volvo S60 engine problems

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2001 Volvo S60 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #39

Feb 152016


  • 118,632 miles


Car jerks and clunks when switching gears. Its starting to grind and clack in 1-2 gear and I hops around the rpms line crazy.

- China Spring, TX, USA

problem #38

Jul 062013

S60 5-cyl

  • 87,254 miles
Despite several service bulletins and recall, the Volvo dealership refused to honor the recall #155 campaign charging me $1,120.92 for a new electronic throttle. We would like to know where we can send this invoice for reimbursement. We also would like the administration to triple fine Volvo cars for its blatant disregard of the laws governing recalls.

- District Heights, MD, USA

problem #37

Nov 012013


  • 205,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volvo S60. The contact stated while driving approximately 65 mph on cruise control, there was a sudden loss of engine power as the service engine urgent warning light illuminated. The service engine urgent warning illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be replicated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 06V441000 (vehicle speed control) in 2011. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 205,000.

- Manhattan, NY, USA

problem #36

Feb 242012


  • 131,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volvo S60. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to accelerate from a complete stop. The contact continued to apply pressure to the accelerator pedal and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the throttle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic where the electronic control module was replaced but the failure continued. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 131,000.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #35

Dec 222008


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volvo S60. The contact stated that the electronic throttle module was defective, causing the vehicle to surge abnormally. The vehicle would also stall intermittently and exhibit an abnormal increase in engine rpms. The dealer and manufacturer were both notified of the failure, but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 105,000.

- East Point, GA, USA

problem #34

Sep 012011

S60 5-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
Making a left turn, changing lanes, slowing down. Engine revved up to near maximum. I was able to control the vehicle. After engine returned to normal speed, no further problems until 12/14/11. On that date, a repeat of the surge. I have owned this car for 7 years. These incidents happened only after the last service at the dealer.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #33

Oct 012011


  • miles


2001 Volvo S60. Attorney writes on behalf of consumer in regards to problems with vehicle as described in NHTSA action number PE05-041 the vehicle was taken to the dealer regarding the recall. However, the vehicle was not exhibiting the characteristics at the time. The dealer claimed their diagnostic test did not indicate anything wrong with the ETM, but there could have been something wrong with an outside temperature sensor, which they suggested might be a part of the problem. The consumer was charged $103 for the diagnostic test, and they indicated it would cost $270 to replace the sensor. The consumer declined the repairs. The consumer took the vehicle to a repair facility and they replaced both temperature sensors. Following the replacement of the sensors, the technician reported the vehicle exhibited symptoms of surging, idle fluctuating and loss of power. Clearly, the sensors were not the problem. The consumer is seeking reimbursement for the diagnostic test.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #32

Dec 012009


  • miles
2001 Volvo S60 - gas leak from above the fuel tank. Strong gas odor, discovered fuel dripping down side of tank under vehicle on passenger's side. Drove for at least 2 weeks or more before I figured out it was my car that creating that gas smell at lights (only noticed when window was down). Until vehicle began leaking a lot of gas and odor was over powering. Was told Volvo's "extended warranty" would not cover the defective fuel pump because the "extended warranty" was only for 10 years or 150,000 miles. Had vehicle repaired at my expense. One day after repair an even worse gas leak appeared under vehicle on driver's side above rear gas tank. Not resolved as of date of complaint. Puddle of gas under vehicle. Gas odor strong really afraid to drive it back to the mechanic. Additional complaint: Intermittent lurching or surging of same Volvo S60 at low speeds shortly after starting. It lunges forward and then pulls back with no depressing of accelerator. It is a manual transmission so the lurching is very alarming considering no additional depression of the accelerator is happening when it randomly lunges forward. Usually stops lunging after 10 minutes of driving.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #31

Mar 232009


  • 157,430 miles
Intermittent failure of electronic throttle in 2001 Volvo S60. Fortunately occurred in parking lot with vehicle at rest. Vehicle suddenly stopped responding to throttle. Turned off vehicle and did visual and tactile survey of throttle pedal area. Restarted vehicle and problem disappeared. Could have been very serious situation had vehicle been at speed.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #30

Dec 102008


  • miles
I got the ETM vehicle speed control recall fixed but my car is doing it again. Is it normal for this to happen again and can I get it fixed for free again? please let me know because my car is starting to stall out on me and I'm afraid of getting into an accident. Thank you

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #29

Oct 022008


  • 112,133 miles


While stopping at a traffic light, I noticed all the warning lights on the lower right side of the instrument panel came on and immediately went off, no other indications. While waiting at the light, everything appeared normal. When the light changed to green, I pushed on the gas pedal to pull away and nothing happened. The car would not accelerate at all. No lights were on. I pushed to gas pedal to the floor and back up and then half way down, absolutely nothing worked. It would not go any faster than idle. No increase in RPM's at all, no matter what position the gas pedal was in. I'm in the fast lane at rush hour and could only go about 4 miles per hour. I managed to work my way over the side of the road and pull into a parking lot. I stopped and put the car into park. I heard a "click" as if a relay was reset. I then put the car into reverse and it seemed to work. I put it in drive again and everything appeared to work okay after that. I took it to turner Volvo, here in sacramento, ca and they said they couldn't duplicate the problem and there weren't any codes in the computer so there was nothing they could do. This was an "extremely" dangerous situation and could have caused a very serious accident, made worse by the fact that my 5 year old niece was with me at the time this happened. We could have been killed and turner Volvo says there's nothing they can do. Well turner, thanks for nothing and for taking our lives so lightly. Maybe someday a member of your family will be involved in an accident caused by this problem and then we'll see what you think. This is an ongoing problem with Volvo's and needs to be taking care of by the manufacturer not the people who trusted you enough to buy your cars.

- Antelope, CA, USA

problem #28

May 272007

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,240 miles
I own a Volvo S60 and have experienced an electronic throttle module failure. As the Volvo dealer has told me. "oh yeah, we keep those in stock. Manufacturing flaw. They are burning out like crazy." The repair is going to cost me $900 usd and I am absolutely livid. Some research has yielded that an excess of 200,000 vehicles could be affected and so far tens of thousands have been diagnosed and cleaned, or replaced. My vehicle has received the "software upgrade 'recall'", but clearly to no avail. My car has only 60,000 miles on it and has to have a faulty manufactured part replaced. I bought Volvo for the reliability and service and thus far, have received neither. This is a serious problem that results in excessive and sudden stalling in traffic, open road, and parked conditions. As a direct result of this defect, I was almost sandwiched and no doubt would have been seriously injured, if not killed, by two tractor trailers on a merge on route 295. I'm afraid that Volvo and the us government is awaiting fatalities or Ford's sale to a foreign competitor (BMW) before issuing the recall. This is dirty pool and I am requesting this association to make a once good company remember their roots in safety and responsibility. Thank you for your time.

- Woodbury, NJ, USA

problem #27

Nov 212006

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
: the contact stated after NHTSA recall #06V441000 concerning the vehicle speed control was performed on the vehicle, it stalled while driving 60 mph without prior warning. It was maneuvered off the road and restarted. However, it was towed to an independent repair shop who suggested the vehicle be taken to the dealer for inspection. The dealer was not contacted.

- Hamilton, MA, USA

problem #26

Nov 102006

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
I have approximately 80,000 miles on my vehicle and on intermittent occasions I had experienced problems with idle fluctuation and slight erratic acceleration and power behavior. On another occasion I was entering the freeway and as I accelerated into position on the freeway the car felt slow to respond and sluggish, then I received an urgent engine service required message on my dash display. As soon I had the chance I pulled over to check engine vitals, oil, coolant etc, everything was good and I hadn't noticed any serious drivability issues but reluctant to travel at highway speeds on the freeway. I inquired with the Volvo dealer at my next service which coincided with this most recent issue. It was explained to me that the fault code indicated problems with the electronic throttle module/system (ETM/ets), and that I could either have it cleaned which would be a temporary fix, or replaced which would cost over $1000. The service rep checked to see if there were any recalls for my vehicle and there were none that applied to my vehicle and as far as technical service bulletins were concerned there were two that applied but even though, my vehicle still would not qualify under any extended warranty because my vehicle was purchased in europe and shipped it back to the U.S. what is that? I thought all Volvo's inevitably come from the same place. What sets my vehicle apart from any other, its still U.S. spec and its still a Volvo and we are all experiencing the same problems it appears. After doing some research on the internet, I have learned that this is a common problem effecting several model vehicles ranging from years 1999-2002 and is a potentially life-threatening problem under certain circumstances and which Volvo has refused to recognize and refuses to issue a recall on the problem part that is not mechanical and in my opinion does not qualify as normal wear and tear.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #25

Sep 052006

S60 5-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 142,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle accelerated on its own after reaching 30 mph and caused an accident. The contact tried braking, but the brakes failed, due to the throttle issue. The vehicle was not taken to a service dealer to address the issue. A police report was taken.

- Manomet, MA, USA

problem #24

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 #23

Jan 122006

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
: the contact stated while trying to accelerate to highway speeds, the vehicle stalled three times. The vehicle was traveling 30-40 mph each time. The vehicle was pulled over; the battery was disconnected, and then reconnected. The vehicle restarted after the computer reset. Also, the vehicle would accelerate when the accelerator pedal had been released. The vehicle was taken to the dealership and the ECM module was replaced. There have been no further problems.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #22

Feb 212006

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,590 miles
Speed control problem. My 2001 Volvo S60 lost power last night, while I was in the fast lane driving 70 mph on interstate 5! I rapidly lost speed and by some miracle was able to weave through traffic to the roadside. The engine continued to run but it was as if the gas pedal was not connected to the engine. I managed to proceed at fast idle speed to an off ramp and found a parking lot, where I shut off the engine. I contacted the company I bought the car from and they suggested that I try to re-start the engine, which I did and the problem had corrected itself. I have scheduled my Volvo for service. The irony is that my wife has a 2001 Volvo xc station wagon and the same problem occurred with her vehicle last September. The Volvo dealer corrected the problem by replacing an ECM and re-programming it. The problem with her Volvo xc hasn't re-occurred. The real concern is that in both instances, we were traveling on an interstate freeway at high speed when the problem occurred and only by pure luck didn't cause an accident!!

- Camano Island, WA, USA

problem #21

Jan 302006


  • miles
2001 Volvo S60 2.4T with 88,000 miles and record of regular maintenance began sputter and show a performance reduced message, causing the engine to stop accelerating and slow down to a crawl. This happened once on a major street, and then again on the interstate. Both times I was able to get out of traffic quickly, thankfully preventing any potential incidents. The mechanic, who has it now, indicated the computer recognized a throttle problem, but nothing from there. Various outlets mentioned a problem with the electronic throttle mechanism, that was not being publicly reported by Volvo.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #20

Jan 282006

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,220 miles
Several episodes of sudden loss of power while driving. Episode 1/28/06 nearly resulted in collision at intersection when attempting to accelerate through turn. Engine warning light came on, indicating: "reduced power" max speed 18 mph, uphill 5 mph. Engine rough, ETM failure.

- Ft Washington, PA, USA

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