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NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems

2001 Volvo V70 (Page 3 of 3)


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,331 miles

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2001 Volvo V70 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #18

Aug 062005

V70 5-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 40,850 miles


See existing NHTSA action number PE05041 for this failure type (1) drove through puddle (2) "engine system service required" light; loss of power (limp-home mode) (3) failed electronic throttle module replaced (total cost $1106.82); failed module is available although I took it apart to find problem - worn-through butterfly valve position sensor as described at

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #17

Aug 162005

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,274 miles
I had been experiencing a hesitation for appx six months, just wondering when the car would finally fail and where. I drove the car home on limp mode twice. I'd taken the car to the dealership on 4 separate occasions to figure out the problem. Each time they could not figure out the problem and charged me to look at the car. The fourth time the car put out an ETM code and they replaced the ETM.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #16

Aug 202005

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
Engine throttle module on 2001 Volvo, model V70, is defective. Engine RPM surges back and forth and car sometimes stalls. Today, Sept. 7, 2005, RPM increased dramatically by several thousand for no reason. Took to Volvo 1 week ago and they wanted $834 + tax to fix. Vehicle has only 53,000 miles. Part is defective.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #15

Jan 182005

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,185 miles


The 2001 Volvo V70 would surge and then stall or hesitate during city driving and at highway speeds. The vehicle speed was not controllable. The car would restart most of the time, but then it would not start at all until the next day. The dealer replaced the electronic throttle module, old part is not available.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #14

Jul 242005

V70 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,500 miles
On Wednesday August 24,2005 I was driving on the Indiana toll road toward Chicago when my 2001 Volvo V70 which has less than 40,000 miles on it, stopped responding to my foot on the gas pedal. A message light that said "performance reduced" came on and I coasted without any control over the speed or power of the car. I was fortunate to be close to a toll booth and was able to pull over to the safety lane past the booth. I was fortunate to be in a safe place especially as I had my 7 year old son and dog in the back of the car. I turned off the car and sat for about 10 minutes trying to figure out what to do (even though the car has only 39500 miles on it, which is no longer under warranty). I started the car 10 minutes after this event, it started up fine, and there were no warning lights or messages. I decided we would be safer getting off the toll road even though I was taking a risk that this could happen again. I drove the remaining 15 miles home without a problem (no messages or warnings). I was able to bring the car to a mechanic who is an authorized Volvo dealer, he called me one hour later and told me the problem was the throttle module and he would work to fix it. Because I didn't think something like this should happen to a 4 year old car with very little mileage, I decided to check the internet to see if there was any news regarding Volvo. I goggled Volvo throttle and found two references to a newly opened investigation that described a scenario very similar to what we experienced. I decided to check this web site to learn more. As of today, August 29, 2005, my car is still not repaired. The mechanic is working with Volvo. The mechanic has been told since Aug. 25, that the Volvo computer, which is necessary for the throttle replacement download, has been down for 4 business days. In addition to being put in a dangerous situation on the toll road with my young son, my car will cost close to $1000 to fix, and I have not had use of my car for 5 days!

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #13

May 202005

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
Vehicle stalled/died, and lost power due to throttle body failure.

- Clifton Park , NY, USA

problem #12

Aug 152005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles


My car had a sudden lack of power and in some turns would stall. These would cause a dangerous situation in traffic. I took the car to the dealer and they had the electronic throttle module and throttle body had to be replaced. This is very expensive and should not occur.

- Altamont, NY, USA

problem #11

Nov 292004

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Vehicle stalled/died, and lost power due to throttle body failure.

- Frankfort , IN, USA

problem #10

Mar 192003

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,765 miles
Sudden loss of power - had to pull over to the side of a 65 mph highway. This happened 3 times on the same day. Immediately took to my auto repair shop (kotlar) who diagnosed the problem as a bad throttle body failure. The throttle body was replaced by kotlar auto repair and then my car had to be towed to big dee Volvo dealer in white plains who downloaded the appropriate software. Total charges were $929.40. Luckily I was in thr right hand lane with limited traffic on the highway or else this could have been a huge safety issue.

- New Rochelle, NY, USA

problem #9

Dec 272003

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
Consumer was traveling from charlotte to cincinnati in 2001 Volvo V70 when vehicle suddenly lost power. Could not drive faster than 20 mph. Was able to exit onto the highway shoulder. Message light said performance reduced, but there was no explanation for this message in the service manual. Volvo roadside service claimed to be unaware of what could be wrong, as did the nearest dealer. After twenty minutes the car restarted and ran well for two days. This was a holiday weekend and consumer could not obtain service. However, on return trip to charlotte vehicle experienced the same failure 4 or 5 times, a very scary and dangerous condition for interstate driving. When consume R scheduled an appointment with local dealer service department the service manager claimed to be unaware of any such problem with other Volvo. By the time consumer arrived for the appointment she researched the issue on the internet and learned about the electronic throttle control module (ETM) failure. The service department again denied knowing about this failure but adnitted that the throttle failed on this vehicle. It was replaced at a cost of over $900. Consumer attempted to pursue compensation and a recall due to safety issues but Volvo refused to discuss the matter with consumer.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #8

Aug 042005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


Contact owned 2001 a Volvo. He complained about throttle body problem. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice with what he thought was a transmission problem. They could not adjust the transmission. Curfrently, they told him that it wa sthe throttle body. To replace it would cost consumer $800. He ended up paying $250 for throttle body replacement. When he drove the car home it surged between shifts changes. He called the dealer back and informed them it was doing the same thing. They said a technician needed to ride around with him to find the problem. The consumer said the problem was intermittent.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 092004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,313 miles
2001 Volvo station wagon V70. Vehicle stalled/died and lost power while driving at 25 mph. Throttle body sensor was replaced. The upper engine mount broke and oil leaked from the turbo return line seals.

- Winchester , VA, USA

problem #6

Aug 052005

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,122 miles
Vehicle stalled/lost power and hesitated. Throttle body module failed and was replaced.

- Stillwater, MN, USA

problem #5

Jun 062005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,314 miles
Contact stated on two occasions vehicle lost power. The first time there was a computer message that displayed reduced performance. Then vehicle stalled, but immediately started up. The second time while consumer was driving 40-45 mph the vehicle stalled. The reduced performance light was displayed again, but the car did not immediately start up.

- Morristown, NJ, USA

problem #4

Mar 102004


  • miles
We have a V70 Volvo 2001 wagon and it has stalled several times especially while stopped. We took it in to the dealer century Volvo in huntsville Alabama and they replaced the electronic throttle modular an $800 part plus labor for a total of $1100. I now see that the feds are investigating this problem. What are my options, will I get reimbursed from the dealer or Volvo, will there be a recall?

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #3

Aug 152004

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,589 miles
The consumer was having problems with Volvo 2001 V-70 cross country wagon. The vehicle was stalling at random speeds starting in mid-August of 2004. Consumer took the vehicle to a repair shop, and the mechanic suspected the throttle was the issue. The problem was random and it would not do this for several days. The vehicle stalled on the highway while the consumer was merging into traffic. The vehicle would start after consumer let the car sit for a few minutes. Later that day the car stalled again. Consumer had to have the car towed to a dealership for repairs. This time the car did not start. The dealer replaced the throttle module, loaded software; throttle body, cable tie and ETM reloaded. The car was running okay at times, but the engine was racing very high for seconds and then returns back to the normal rate. The motorwas revving and the tachometer was registering high for a moment. Consumer considered returning the vehicle because of the problems. The total cost on repairs has been over $800. NHTSA investigation, PE05041.

- Winchester, VA, USA

problem #2

Jul 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
Contact states the car has on numerous occasions shut down while driving. It generally restarted but not always. Had to have it towed from time to time. Has been having this problem since the fall of last year. The dealer attempted to diagnose the problem, and felt it needed a new starter. Had a new starter put on and then a new ignition, and that initially solved the problem. But then the problem recurred, vehicle stalled and died on the highway.

- Ossining, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 062001


  • miles
If pedal brake was not applied, car would have rolled forward on hill even though transmission was in reverse gear.

- High Point, NC, USA

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