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NHTSA — Fuel/Propulsion System Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,200 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Volvo V70 fuel system problems

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2004 Volvo V70 Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 072016


  • 133,000 miles


When we first purchased the car we drove it for about a week before it started surging forward and stalling a lot. My fiancÉ and I would have to pull over, park the car, have to turn the key three times before starting. Would have to repeat process every 5 minutes. So we took it to paramount Volvo of hickory, ended up taking it there for service. Dropped it off with a max full tank of gas as well, along with personal items we left in the car. It takes then about 4 or 5 days before calling us back with diagnostics, so we end up paying almost 1,600$ to get the timing chain replaced, new hoses put on, fuel pump replacement, and the fuel injectors. We pick it up, and our gas is almost on empty....and a few items were missing out of our vehicle as well. I know they have to test drive it after servicing the vehicle, it seemed like they took it on a joy ride all over hickory. But we decided not to mention that, and took it as a compliment of them "liking" the car. At least we had it fixed we thought, then drove 45 minutes up the mountain home. Drove for about a day or two until "check engine" light came back on, so we called Volvo back. That time we ended up getting the fuel pump replaced on a "recalled part". again it drive fine after picking it back up 2nd time then started acting up again, brought it back and they fixed the timing on it. Picked it up, week or two later we set up a new appointment because the car is surging, rpms won't go over 2000, kicks out and in gear, RPM gauge fluctuates when stopped. My 4 year old daughter and I were driving down the highway yesterday and it started surging, the steering seemed alot looser, then it started shaking around a curve pretty bad, got scared and braked, steering wouldn't turn, kept going straight, ran into the grass, thank god. We could have died. Also attaching a photo of the rest of my complaint since it wouldn't fit.

- Deep Gap, NC, USA

problem #4

Dec 112015


  • 85,000 miles
I have had two Volvo V70 station wagons. Both of them have exhibited the following- when filling at certain gas stations (sunoco most recently) the gas pump will not shut off automatically before fuel comes pouring out of the filler. I believe it is a fuel filler problem in the car, not in the pump, because I do not have this problem with any of our other cars. I believe it is either an issue of the car's fuel filler tube shape, or dimensions. Dangerous! approx 1 full cup of gas.

- Bryn Mawr, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 022015


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volvo V70. While driving at 45 mph, the vehicle decelerated and came to a complete stop. The contact mentioned that the steering wheel was difficult to steer and the engine light illuminated. The vehicle was able to restart. The failure recurred six times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel pressure sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 07V226000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000. MA 10/5

- Raesord, NC, USA

problem #2

Sep 072014


  • 37,000 miles
Driving home from detroit to indianapolis on highway... check engine light came on, then went out a little further down the road... later came on again... engine was running fine... then sudden power loss....engine completely stopped... coasted to side of highway with no power steering or power brakes... restarted engine... engine ran well enough to get me to next exit before losing power again... this time it wouldn't run well enough to drive it after restarting.... after expensive trip to dealer for repair, found out issue was a fuel pressure sensor that failed... this is kind of like having your car lose power and stop running because your coolant temperature gauge failed... engine control module should not shut car off in response to this fuel pressure sensor fail... this gauge is used to optimize fuel consumption... it's not a pressure regulator... unexpected and complete power loss on a highway can be very dangerous... engine control module should not be programmed in this way...

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #1

Mar 172013

V70 5-cyl

  • 171,000 miles
I purchased a used vehicle the old owner said there was a recall. The check engine light goes on and off. I contacted the Volvo dealer he ran VIN but no recall for this car. I took it to a mechanic and he ran a diagnostic which read fuel sensor. The recall I saw for this year car is similar to the one issued. Could my car have been missed? NHTSA campaign id number: 07V226000 recall date: 2007-06-05 summary: On certain passenger vehicles, the fuel pressure sensor located on the left end of the fuel rail may, at times, transmit incorrect signal regarding the fuel pressure to the engine control module. If the signal is outside of the pre-programmed allowable limits, a diagnostic trouble code may be set and the check engine light will come on. The soldered joints on the circuit board of the fuel pressure sensor may crack due to temperature changes and excessive vibrations. Consequences: Misfire may occur during driving that, in turn, will reduce the engine torque and in the worst case scenario, the engine may stall without warning. In certain traffic situations this could cause an unsafe situation and possibly a crash. Remedy: Dealers will replace the fuel pressure sensor free of charge. The recall began on June 29, 2007. Owners may contact Volvo at 1-800-458-1552. Component affected: Engine and engine cooling notes: Volvo cars of N.a., llc

- Watsonville, CA, USA

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