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3.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,733 miles

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2001 Volvo S80 engine problems

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2001 Volvo S80 Owner Comments

problem #8

May 072006

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Initially lack of acceleration and sputtering on acceleration, check engine light and emission system error message. Codes reset. Then problem recurred approximately one month later. Dealer provided ETM software download. Approximately 3 weeks after download, check engine light on, weak acceleration, hesitation or slipping on shifting.

- Broadlands, VA, USA

problem #7

Mar 172006

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,637 miles
: the contact stated while in stop and go traffic the vehicle stalled three times. The vehicle restarted each time and was taken to the dealership for the 60,000 miles checkup. Although there were no codes on the computer, the dealership performed a software update for this problem. Updated 4/19/2006 - 25 miles after the 60000 mile check up the vehicle stalled again and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The vehicle has not stalled again since the software updated was performed.

- Huron, OH, USA

problem #6

Jan 082006

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car stalled in the middle of a busy intersection. Car has stalled intermittently several times.

- Oakland, MI, USA

problem #5

Aug 012005

S80

  • 30,948 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2001 Volvo S80 developed problems with hard start up and shutting down. The vehicle stalled without warning along with a loss of power steering and power brakes. (cranks but will not stay running which may be due to the engine control module)

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #4

May 032005

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,280 miles
On or about May 3rd, 2005, my wife was driving our 2001 Volvo T6 when she suddenly lost engine performance. She was traveling along a busy interstate and she managed to get the car into the emergency lane while holding up traffic behind her. The following msg appeared on the dash, "engine performance reduced". when she got the car to the side of the road, she turned the car off and called me to inform me the car was not working properly. She started the car after a few minutes and it performed okay on the way home. At this time, I thought it might have been a fuel or gas cap problem. She was very close to having a serious accident. The next day she was traveling with our children on a very busy bypass and the same problem occurred. This time, I made a call to the Volvo dealer and they informed me to leave the car off for a minute and the computer would reset. Not a good solution. Needless to say, she had to navigate the car from the inside lane to the emergency lane while traveling no faster than 20 mph. Again, this was a very busy bypass and luckily she managed to get the car to the side of the road. Finally, I drove the car the next day to see how it performed for me. Again, the car failed (I.e. slowed to 20 mph on a 70 mph interstate) while I was driving. I called the dealer again the next day and they informed me they would need to see the car in order to diagnose. I informed them I needed recall work performed on an electrical fan so they could check into my "engine performance reduced" problem at the same time. All this said, the car failed approximately 8-10 times before I could get the car to the shop and repaired ($933). The problem part was determined to be an electronic throttle module. Luckily, my wife, as well as myself, were able to get the car to the side of the road without getting ran over by traffic. This problem definitely needs the attention of the NHTSA. Thanks for any help you can provide.

- Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #3

Mar 052005

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2001 Volvo S80 2.9 and I am experiencing my car trying to push itself and the RPM idling very fast and the car feels like its going to shut off. I submitted a complaint already about my sons S60 and C70, which are have the same troubles as my S80. The throttle control module I think is defective and should be recalled. Luckily my car hasn't turn off on me yet, but one time I thought I was going to get in an accident due to the car jumping from a complete stop. Please get this problem fixed. Thanks.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #2

Oct 242004

S80

  • miles
2001 Volvo S80 series developed problems with the steering and the braking system.** answer required***. while exiting a parking lot, the vehicle ceased to operate. The vehicle towed and the consumer was assured the problem had been resolved, however 8 months later the incident happened again. The consumer had several electrical repairs done on the vehicle, such as the interior lights, the power windows, the battery was defective which had to be replaced twice, the alarm would go off for no reason, the head light bulbs and tail light bulbs were replaced. The key would not turn in the ignition, the engine light illuminated, there was a front suspension noise when going over bumps. There was a power steering leak due to a loose hose clamp. The parking brake needed to be adjusted, it did not hold on an incline.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 192003

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
Electronic throttle on 2001 Volvo S80 failed as I attempted to pass someone. Engine was programmed to shut down completely. I was left speeding down the freeway at 70mph without steering!

- Wall, NJ, USA

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