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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,138 miles

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2003 Volvo S60 electrical problems

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2003 Volvo S60 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #45

Jul 212016


  • miles


Entire dashborad has went black gas gauge, speedodmetor, turning signals and hazard lights.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #44

Jan 062015


  • 125,000 miles
The instrument panel went dead last winter; no lights, no indicators, no instruments, nothing. I recently became aware that this is not an uncommon problem. Just an extremely expensive one. A Volvo technician informed me that the Japanese firm that Volvo hired did a poor job and many of the instrument panels have defective soldering and require replacement or have the panel "re-pointed". apparently, it is less of an issue in moist climates. Volvo will not repair the panel. They will only replace it. I was quoted $1,605 plus $157 to program it to the car's computer. The technician knew exactly what I was talking about. So, as I said before, this is not a uncommon problem. With a dead instrument panel, you cannot determine how fast you are going, how much gas you have in your car, no oil indicator, no turn signals, no high beam, or any of the alerts or reminders that the computer puts up.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #43

Mar 022016


  • 154,000 miles
Instrument cluster failure

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #42

Feb 032016


  • 160,000 miles


Air bags say urgent service needed, clock going backwards, on board computer going crazy, worried about it catching fire, tail lights have been replaced 2 times and still they go out right after being replaced

- Biscoe, NC, USA

problem #41

Feb 122016


  • 165,000 miles
While driving my 2003 Volvo S60, the dash instrument panel suddenly lost all power w/the gauges/display all stopping. Then it would return and keep working. Then it would do it a different time, continuing in this cycle - randomly shutting off completely so I had no gauges, warning lights, turn signal lights, etc. Just a large black area where the instrument panel is. This was especially concerning at night when I would just randomly loose the display while driving on the highway. I contacted Volvo and they said this is a known problem w/their vehicles (and is also confirmed when looking online for others who have had the same problem). The repair is not covered under any sort of safety recall, and is very expensive. For a mfg whose cars are touted as being very safe, having the instrument panel suddenly stop working so no idea of speed nor any gauges/warning lights are available while driving is clearly not in-line w/safe driving. No other car I've owned has ever had this known problem, especially w/a part not prone to wear & tear like other parts typically are in a car.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #40

Sep 012014


  • 56,000 miles
Transmission shifting problems oil leaks.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #39

Aug 032015


  • 170,000 miles


I am surprised there has not been a recall issued for certain model year Volvo relative to the center dash module losing all communication apparently due to failed solder connections (based on chat-rooms, Volvo specific). I understand components can fail, but the sheer number of failures and the failure mode is beyond typical or expected failures. The failure mode causes most or all dash gauges, indicators and lights to fail, including the speedometer. These failures apparently occur randomly, and at any age/mileage.

- Jacksonville, AL, USA

problem #38

Jun 152015


  • 129,091 miles
While driving home after having steering rack replaced the dash lights (speedometer, turn signals, message center, etc.) went completely out. After multiple drives the dash lights go on and off intermittently while driving.

- Munster, IN, USA

problem #37

Nov 102014

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Volvo S60. The contact stated that the entire instrument panel gradually became inoperable. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the instrument panel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000. Updated 4/20/15

- Buena Park , CA, USA

problem #36

Nov 012013


  • 153,000 miles
Driving car lights on dash board went completely off. Took it to shop they tap it and dash came on again, change fuse. Lights went off again and stayed off.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #35

Aug 222014


  • 124,570 miles


The entire gauge cluster turns off and on when the vehicle is traveling down the road. This is a wide spread problem thats well documented by the Volvo community. The issue is a poorly soldered circuit board on the dim.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #34

Feb 212014

S60 5-cyl

  • 148,000 miles
Vehicle driver information module (dim) stopped working while vehicle was traveling on the road at approximately 45 miles per hour.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #33

May 152014

S60 5-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I started my car and where it tells you if something needs to be done to car it said airbag warning urgent service needed. Then later while driving all the gauges stopped working. Now the gauges don't work at all. Plus when driving and turning a corner the car stalls now this has been happening for a couple years now. Plus a couple years ago all my head lights burnt out at once then they only lasted a couple days had to buy more that happened 5 times in one year still have no brights.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #32

May 292014

S60 5-cyl

  • miles
Dashboard went dead while driving. Gas meter, RPM, everything went dead. The dash lights later came on for a while, but the speedometer went back to 40 mph. Nothing works properly.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #31

Dec 202012

S60 5-cyl

  • 45,023 miles
Clock started rotating numbers.. and not stop. Then instrument dash information stopped. No dash lights, speed, gas, warnings. All off. When I can see dash. Once a month, says air bags need checking, check engine. I am concerned that the air bags will not work if an accident occurs. And if I were to be able to afford the repair, then will I have to pay to check air bags" engine? what if a fire did occur... how would I know" dealer states $ 1700 to repair. It is safety issue for speed limit, air bag deployment if an accident occurs, fuel consumption. Can't see mileage for this complaint! dash not working... engine mounts shot. Seat warmer broke first year. Needed replacement. The electrical harness in this car is shot, broke, not correct. Too many complaints entered for this to not be a recall. Please, please help!

- Westchester, IL, USA

problem #30

Jun 252013

S60 5-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
Lost instrument panel while driving. All gauges not working. It happened while driving.

- East Lyme, CT, USA

problem #29

May 022013

S60 4-cyl

  • miles
The dashboard has a fault in it, possibly a short or some other electrical fault the problem has been intermittent. But, only recently has become rather acute. Lights and gauges go on and off. Problem has adversely affected the SRS airbag system to the point that it is no longer functions and requires resetting; apparently. I am filing this complaint because since doing my research, there have been numerous incidents being reported on the internet. Considering the large number of issues/complaints I have seen about this issue, the problem with my car is apparently not an isolated incident. Repair for such appears to be in the $1,500 to $2,000 range.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #28

Mar 122013

S60 5-cyl

  • 183,000 miles
My 2003 S60 Volvo has failed it all started with the radio flickering to different stations.I noticed from than my lights started blinking on and off I has no idea what was going on with this car I seriously almost got into in accident I pulled over and turned the car off 5mins after I started it up now all the guages where down eve fuel was pass empty I was terrified that my car would shut off I had my 7 year old in the car as I was carefully was driving home the guages starting moving all over the place radio switching from left to right the msg window said sea bag service soon iam very scare of my safety jus bought this car on Feb 12/2013.

- Trenton , NJ, USA

problem #27

Jul 132012

S60 5-cyl

  • 100,520 miles
The dash information system will randomly go blank and display SRS failure. Along with all information lights start blinking on and off. The analog gauge like the speedometer and fuel gauge will go to "0" or just move eratically to any number or position while driving. At night the entire information center go blank the clock and the mileage(no lights at all).

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #26

Feb 132013


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Volvo S60. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, she was informed that the turn signals had failed. The contact also mentioned that the clock failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the instrument panel module failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the instrument panel module. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were approximately 125,000.

- Lincoln Park, NJ, USA

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