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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,720 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.

2002 Volvo S60 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2002 Volvo S60 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Jul 012005


  • miles


Thought you may be interested in my Volvo S60 story... my Volvo dealer returned my S60 12 months before the lease was up because of a recurring problem where my car would not accelerate and then it would stop completely. I lost count of the number of times this happened but when my 19 year old had this happen in the middle of a downtown area I could not live with this car any longer. The dealer tried to fix the vehicle to no avail.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #5

Jul 132005

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
Car stalls on deceleration.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 022005


  • Manual transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Recently purchased 2002 Volvo S60 for my daughter, certified used. She was driving and the car just stopped running, it died in the middle of the road. Just read your article about 1999-2001 and thought you should check into all years. Volvo said it is fixed, we pick it up tomorrow, however I am very concerned that this will happen to her again. Purchased a Volvo for safety, now I am very worried.

- New Fairfield , CT, USA

problem #3

Dec 102003

(reported on)


  • miles


While driving at high speeds, the rear of the vehicle would spin if the vehicle was turned too far in either direction. The dealer could not determine the problem, but there was a lack of stability in the rear of the vehicle. The control arm bushing was replaced. The consumer stated that the vehicle lost control, the console had failed, the locks had become inoperative, grinding noises would occur on sharp turns, and the vehicle would lose traction.

- Manhattan Beach, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 152002

S60 5-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
1) driver's seat shifts rearward on acceleration and shifts forward on braking. Dealer has attempted to fix this problem 3 or more times, but it re-ppears shortly after repair. This is a safety issue. 2) vehicle difficult to shift gears (manual transmission). Gear changes are very 'jerky', the vehicle cannot be shifted smoothly. Volvo recommends letting the clutch slip more, but this only masks the problem. 3) Volvo acknowledges an electromagnetic radiation problem with this vehicle, but refuses to fix it. This is a safety issue.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,800 miles
2002 Volvo S60 suddenly stopped on a busy two-lane highway/complete electrical power system failure/unable to re-start car/car towed to dealer/dealer able to restart car after car sat untouched on lot for several days/two different Volvo dealerships looked at car and were unable to explain why failure occurred/(car also had to have brake sensor pad replaced because of intermitant cruise control failure and shifting column lock up; still experience poor am radio reception while recharging cell phone)

- Cranbury, NJ, USA

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