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NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline: Fuel Injection System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,366 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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2001 Volvo S80 fuel system problems

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2001 Volvo S80 Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 072006

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


2001 S80 Volvo ETM failure. It started as vehicle hesitation, then proceeded to surging forward with no throttle input, then progressed to no accelerator response when applying the brake pedal, then to stalling when coasting leaving the driver with no power steering or brakes at speeds up to 55 mph, then to rough idle and check engine light. All symptoms were present upon taking to the dealer based on some web research to identify to problem. The dealer returned with an analysis for timing belt replacement, engine tune up, engine coolant flush, crankcase ventilation system cleaning, brake system flushing, and mass air flow replacement amounting to an initial cost of $1980 us. I requested a conference with the technician, and a review of the diagnostics report. The end result was a maf replacement paid for by me (customer) and amazingly the tech notes recommended cleaning of the crankcase ventilation system and the ETM cleaning which was covered by the dealer. Total cost was $328.21 to consumer and balance covered by dealer. The repairs were made on 3/07/06, replaced maf unavailable. I feel that I have been taken advantage of and essentially paid $328 unnecessarily due to further web research identifying cleaning of the ETM and crankcase ventilation system would in fact cause trouble codes leading the replacement of the maf.

- Brookland, AR, USA

problem #4

Nov 282005

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,020 miles
I own a 2001 Volvo S-80. There is a dangerous problem with this car. It involves the electronic throttle module (ETM). The car at times will not move even though the engine is running and the car is in gear. It just will not move. Particularly when trying to move into traffic. I am aware through my reading of the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of vehicles with the same problem. Volvo knows about this but to date has done nothing to correct it. I also know that NHTSA is investigations the problem and I wanted to list my name with you for a complaint on this.

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #3

Aug 042004

S80 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,562 miles
We own a 2001 Volvo S80 with an electronic throttle module problem that we attempted to have the Volvo dealer fix in August 04. The car had 98,000 miles on it at that time. The dealer claimed to not be aware of any problems with the ETM, but that they could attempt to clean the system, which they proceeded to do at $566. The problem wasn't fixed, but the dealer said they could now fix the problem for an additional $1000. This really irked me, I never went back, now it is a year later and the car still is not fixed, but it won't pass inspection un til it is corrected. I've visited several non-dealer mechanics who have all said they can't fix the problem, so I'm stuck having to go back to a dealer who has tried to swindle me. I recently became aware of the thousands of complaints about this problem with the Volvo, but I refuse to have the untrustworthy and "unknowing" Volvo dealership touch the car. I now have found a mechanic who formally worked for Volvo attempt to repair the car. It will probably cost me doulbe what the Volvo mechanic has said it would, but there is no faith in the dealership. I un derstand there is a class action lawsuit against Volvo because of this problem, I will save all my receipts for the possibility of filing a claim either with you or with the lawsuit plaintiffs.

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

problem #2

Jul 142005

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,250 miles
Purchased a Volvo S80 in 2001;vehicle currently has 60700 miles and 3 automatic transmissions & throttle body replacement.

- Bryans Road, MD, USA

problem #1

Jul 032005

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
I was driving my 2001 Volvo S80 2.9L and was about to make a left turn at a four way intersection. When the traffic flow was clear I pressed the accelerator but the car died. Thankfully, I was not struck by the oncomming vehicle. I took the car to Volvo of richardson in richardson Texas and was told it needed a mass air sensor and electronic throttle body. The factory warranty will not cover the part since it has lapsed.

- Dallas , TX, USA

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