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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,146 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.

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2005 Volvo S60 electrical problems

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2005 Volvo S60 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 222011

S60 5-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


Vehicle has stalled without any warning several times while traveling at highway speeds (60 mph). First incident occurred during the summer of 2011 at 105,000 miles. A second, similar incident occurred in the fall of 2011 at 108,000 miles. Auto scandia in herndon, va, replaced mass air flow meter in an attempt to address the problem. The vehicle performed well for several months without incident. Unfortunately it stalled again in March 2012. This was also without any warning while traveling at highway speeds (60 mph). The unusual highway breakdown was very dangerous.

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #4

Nov 282011


  • miles
I own a 2005 Volvo S60. When driving today to work, with no warning, the vehicle stalled. I was unable to control the gas and the steering became rough. Hitting the accelerator did nothing. I was able to slow the vehicle to the side of the road. Once I turned it off and back on it restarted. If this had happened on a highway, it could have resulted in a major accident. Research shows that this is a common problem with Volvo. There was a recall for these incidents for under years 2003 -and 2004- 07V226000. The recall for the S40 covered through 2006 - 08V033000. A search of the internet forum shows that this is happening for a lot of the 2005 models as well. Please consider including these model years as this is a danger.

- Miami Lakes, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 172009


  • 67,728 miles
Headlight wiring and connector burned causing light to go out. The dealer replaced the wiring and connector according to a tsb issued by Volvo. Dealer stated that they had repaired several Volvo with this problem. Although the dealer said this was a safety issue and Volvo issued a tsb and provided a repair kit for repairs Volvo does not consider this a safety issue. Thankfully, only one light burned out at the time otherwise I would have crashed at 70 mph. Dealer said both headlight wiring cables and connectors were burnt and they replaced both. I reported this safety issue to Tennessee and Kentucky consumer protection division. This one light went out on several occasions before I took the car to the dealer and discovered the safety problem. Repairs made at my cost.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #2

Nov 112009


  • 66,000 miles
I have a 2005 Volvo S60R which has a vehicle immobilizer in which if it there is not a 2 way communication between the car and the key, it prevents the car from starting. Nice feature, but I called 3 dealerships when I got this warning and there is no workaround. So if I have an emergency, of if I am in a bad part of town, I cannot use my car... this is a major safety flaw...

- Winter Garden, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 142007


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volvo S60. While attempting to make a right turn at 25 mph, the vehicle would sporadically stall without warning. The vehicle was able to restart immediately. The dealer could not duplicate the failure. Two weeks later, while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle completely lost power. The failure prevented the contact from safely maneuvering to the side of the road and she could not activate the hazard warning lights. The following day, she took her vehicle back to the dealer and was informed that her VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 06V441000 (vehicle speed control). The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 12,000.

- Lexington, OH, USA

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