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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,800 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.

2004 Volvo S60 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Volvo S60 Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 242011


  • 90,000 miles


While driving, the car jerks violently - the same thing happens when the car is idling (no jerk, only an "click" sound). It happens anytime but seems worse in the summer but I think it's hot-heat related. The other issues are related: -the interior lights usually come on -the instrument panel goes completely blank/lights go off/no available emergency lights -the windshield wipers make one wipe sometimes -the "rear passenger door open" warning comes on -the "brake failure stop safely" warning comes on and sometimes "check engine" light comes on. Not all of these symptoms occur each time. There are more severe and less severe incidents.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 192013

S60 5-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
While driving 45 miles per hour and about to get on the on ramp on to I-10. Car lost all acceleration and came to a complete stop.

- Marana, AZ, USA

problem #4

Dec 012011


  • 78,500 miles
Approximate a month later after I brought 2004 Volvo S60 at Dec 2011, when I was driving in freeway to post office, what a sudden, the engine stalled without warning, I press the accelerate pedal, but it was not response, but the car still hv a little momentum, then it turn it to the corner and the car was stopped. I turn off the key and restart the car again, it worked.after a year, the problem come back again and the frequency become more, up til Dec, 2012, 3 more times same problem incurred. It was scary.

- West Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #3

Aug 102010


  • 95,000 miles


When pulling into a parking space at my daughter's school, vehicle suddenly accelerated over the sidewalk and struck the building. Transmission popped in reverse and vehicle accelerated backwards. Even with the brake pedal all the way to the floor, vehicle would not stop. I forced the transmission into park and turned off the vehicle to get it to stop after going in reverse for approximately 50 feet. There was significant damage to the car and building (pictures available). None of the airbags deployed.

- Apple Valley, MN, USA

problem #2

Oct 112008


  • 25,000 miles
Angle gear failure in Volvo S60R AWD.

- Arnold, MD, USA

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problem #1

Apr 072006

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,300 miles
2004 S60awd angle gear leak required replacement of gear at 14,300 miles. The angle gear sends power to the rear wheels, and if it fails, it takes the transmission with it. While mine was caught early and replaced under warranty, a track record of the angle gear leaking and failing is being seen. Volvo needs to extend warranty on this item.

- Reading, MA, USA

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