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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,159 miles

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2004 Volvo S60 lights problems

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2004 Volvo S60 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 122012

S60 5-cyl

  • 95,100 miles


When turning a corner, the engine stopped, steering stopped working and lights on dashboard come on. This happened a second time two days later. Took to independent mechanic and he checked all work he had done in the past plus checked the whole car out and he could not find why the car stopped. Two days later the car again stalled out when in traffic - engine stopped, steering stopped working and lights on dashboard came on. Last two times this happened I was driving on a straight road. This has happened 5 times now in the last week. All times engine stopped working, I was driving between 10 and 40 miles per hour. After researching this problem, I found out that my vehicle had been recalled and at 53,333 miles the fuel pressure sensor was replaced by the dealer. Now 42,000 miles later it appears that it is once again the fuel pressure sensor. This is very dangerous especially since I do a lot of highway driving and also live in an area where children have been know to run out into the street. Not only is there a possibility of a car accident, but also the possibility of a child being hit if I cannot turn the car quickly to avoid the child. At this point I am afraid to drive the car and fell very unsafe even though Volvo are know for their safety. After reading numerous reports of many people having this problem with their 2004 S60 Volvo it makes me wonder why Volvo is not correcting this problem on all 2004 Volvo S60S that are having this same problem. My mechanic is checking on this problem and will replace next week if this is the real issue. Sometimes doors lock for no reason at all. Also I have had to replace the rear lights on this vehicle several times. Seems much more than normal.

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #5

Jun 152008


  • 80,000 miles
Purchased auto new. It would seem that I have had some of the same problems mentioned by others. Car stalling on highway at 65 miles per hour, twice, very scary. Pulled off and restarted. (fuel pressure sensor malfunction) seems there is a recall however when I inquired my VIN # was not included. Costly repair as must purchase part from dealer. Driver side head lamp, low beam, has been replaced so often lost track, over half a dozen times, is out now! have never replaced passenger side lamp! I point out the other S60's I see on the road with a headlamp light out to my kids as a game now.

- North Providence, RI, USA

problem #4

Jun 152009


  • 70,000 miles
I own a 2004 Volvo S60R that has turn signal issues. There was no event leading up to the failure. Simply one day it no longer worked 100% of the time. When using the turn indicator stock to signal a left turn it will not do so if I fully depress it into the lock position. If I hold it only part of the way before it locks into the position it sometimes works. If I do put it into the fully locked position and turn the steering wheel sometimes it may work and sometimes it may not. This only effects the left turn signal and not the right. I saw the following article ( about the 2004 - 2005 XC90 exhibiting the same behavior with the turn signal stalk intermittently working. Obviously the consequences would be disastrous if I cannot signal my intentions on lane changing and others would then collide into me causing injury and possibly death to either one or all parties involved. No parts have been replaced and the defective part is still installed on my vehicle.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #3

Nov 092000


  • miles


2004 Volvo S60 regularly serviced by Volvo. Bought new, well maintained, exc cond, & oil changed ever 3000 miles. Only 68K miles presently but many problems since bought new. #1) replacing burned out rear/front headlight bulbs constantly. #2) check engine light came on before 40K miles. Wasn't too concerned at first because only issue I seemed to have was hesitation somewhat when accelerating after being parked. Until one day veh wouldn't accelerate beyond a roll after being stopped for red light. A few days later driving approx 50 mph uphill car stopped accelerating and stalled. Both times I was able to roll to side of road, restart & make it home. Scared me enough though to take to Volvo next day. Fuel sensor gauge needed to be replaced. When I checked if covered under recall - found my car wasn't based on VIN, another fairly costly repair. #3 - ac fan wouldn't go off one day - fan running full blast & control switch wouldn't regulate or work. Fan continued to run even when I turned off ignition. Dead battery next morning needed jump start. Ac fan modular bad - modular repair done & then fan somehow burned out due to new modular when mechanic testing repair - now fan needed to be replaced. Very costly repair once again. #3 - check engine light came on. After months to several mechanics, checking oil, etc. Told light probably just faulty. Then check oil light blinks - car had less than 1/2 qt oil & I had major engine damage. Had complete engine rebuilt & very expensive. Engine running great. Now 2 mos later & I hear a metal to metal noise/sound when making turns - preferably right hand - & coming from rght front side of car. Mechanic can't see safety issues when up on rack. Has no clue. Noise annoying and concerning. It sounds like wheel is going to fall off car. I am sure it will cost another fortune. However once repaired - trading in. I loved my car...however no longer feel veh is safe or depen.

- Manteca, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 232008


  • miles
Bulbs continuously burns out causing errors that cannot be readily fix by the owner. Bulbs such as for headlights, turn signals and rear lights burn out constantly. We are averaging a bulb replacement every 2 months.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

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problem #1

Sep 032008


  • 85,854 miles
About every 2-3 month when I go to start my Volvo S60 the front left light blows out. I have had my car for a little over a year and have had to replace the headlamps 5 times. The first time I changed the lights I did not wear gloves so it could have possible been my fault. Everytime after I have worn gloves to change the lights and still have the same problem.

- Midwest City, OK, USA

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