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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
119,800 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.

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2004 Volvo S80 suspension problems

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2004 Volvo S80 Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 062016


  • 157,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Volvo S80. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle lost acceleration. The contact pulled the vehicle over in a parking lot and noticed that the front driver side axle was hanging. The contact stated that the same failure occurred two other times. The vehicle was repaired, but the control arm kept fracturing. The vehicle was not repaired again. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 157,000.

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #4

Apr 152016


  • 101,000 miles
Purchased a 2004 Volvo S80 in "mint condition" from a used car dealership (good reputation).three (3) months later the transmission started the famous Volvo "slip, slide, away".. it rides like a rock, I fell every crack, grain of sand in the road. I replaced the struts, coil springs, lower control arms and other suspensions parts but to no avail improved its condition. Every week or so I get the "stop safely coolant level low" warning on my dash...keep in mind the dealership had nothing to do with these issues since the conditions didn't appeared until 3 months/50000 miles after the purchase. Steering has some play and I'm continuously recovering the directional path slightly. Shortly after I purchased the vehicle I installed all new tires (michelins) purchased a lifetime wheel alignment, which was done during new tire install and recently re-checked. I do 90% of the work myself; I'm an engineer by trade with 40 years of mechanical skills/knowledge. Checked the recall database by VIN ( and various other sites and there was no recall on my vehicle. The Volvo situation is extremely disheartening for such a well-known european car.

- York, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 122015


  • 121,000 miles
Based on NHTSA campaign 04V029000> the control arms are grinding as I drive the vehicle. There is a grinding noise coming from the front right passenger side. I have lost stabilization of the vehicle when in motion. This happens on city streets, highways and while turning. This is a problem that has led to complainants and presents a danger while driving.

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 022015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volvo S80. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle veered to the right and drove into an embankment. The front passenger side wheel separated from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000. The VIN was not available....updated 02/04/16

- Twaine Harte, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 152013

S80 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Transmission has erratic shifting doesn't know what gear to be in was told by Volvo mechanic that transmission was brought up in class action lawsuit because transmission is not strong enough for cars horse power. I would like to have it fixed.

- Chaffee, ND, USA

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