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NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
161,997 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 XC70 electrical problems

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2001 Volvo XC70 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 252013

XC70 5-cyl

  • 124,500 miles


This 2001 Volvo XC70 has never failed to start until this occurrence when attempted to start it chugged horribly & engine failure & engine system service urgent code appeared the car died & repeated attempts to star it failed diagnosis reveals a non-service listed issue as we have always had this car properly serviced promptly as needed. The issue is a "throttle body failure". according to the Volvo service shop this will cost me $800 to $1000 to fix!! last January I had to purchase a wire harness for this car that was $1400!! I have read many complaints on this throttle body issue and wish to add my complaint for this as well as the wire harness I paid so much for last year. For a car that costs this much and more than 50% more to maintenance than any other vehicle I have owned in 40yrs these kinds of failures should not be absorbed by the consumer Volvo should offer some kind of compensation to help properly replace these kinds of faulty systems and bear at least 1/2 the cost.

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 132005

XC70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 510,000 miles
Recently while driving my elderly mother in my 2001 Volvo xc 70 from Oregon to California we had a very unpleasant experience that could have cost us our lives. All of a sudden we lost total power in 70+ mph traffic, had to sit on a very busy freeway for 2 hours in 100 degree heat (unable to run the air conditioner) unable to get out of the vehicle due to heavy truck traffic flying past us. My dear mother and I were finally rescued and towed to safety some 70 miles to the nearest Volvo dealer. There we were told that our ETM had failed. I am concerned about this very dangerous problem as I have now been told that the part that they replaced (a $1200 repair) is simply another of the same known faulty part. My ETM faild at only 50,000 miles and could have caused a major fatality. We were really lucky but what happens next time? from NHTSA web site.

- Medford, OR, USA

problem #3

Mar 102005


  • 51,000 miles
Car stalled (power lost) several times even after driving for awhile. Stalled out at stop sign, red light, and while driving at low rate of speed. Took to martens Volvo dealer. They charged us $400+ to clean the throttle and some part near the throttle.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 092005

XC70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,487 miles
Hello, the ETM (electronic throttle module) in our 2001 Volvo XC70 failed on my wife in the middle of heavy traffic on Colorado highway 83. She was in the middle lane of three and was traveling about 50 mph. The engine died completely and she had a hard time making it through traffic to the side of the road. She had to let traffic pass before doing so. She had to sit on the shoulder for about 15 minutes before the car would start again. I discussed the heavy failure rate of Volvo etms with mcdonald Volvo of denver, co and told them Volvo was recalling this part in sweden and that at least one class action suit was filed. They said that there was no recall nor would they perform a goodwill replacement. We had to replace it at a cost of $1,090.45. The mileage on our Volvo was 67,487. Do you have any more information regarding the safety issues and the unusually high failure rate of Volvo etms? my wife and I are concerned about our safety in our Volvo. Rurik lubinski.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 182005

XC70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
My 2001 Volvo V70 cross country has lost power and stalled three times in the last month. Once as my wife and child were crossing a double set of railroad tracks and once when my wife and a friend were bisecting a busy intersection. I understand this has happened to other Volvo owners and that there is a known problem with the ETM (electronic throttle module). It should be recalled. I repaired the problem because of the immediate safety concerns at a cost of $1,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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