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2.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,119 miles

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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 engine problems

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2001 Volvo XC70 Owner Comments

problem #13

Jul 012007

XC70

  • 89,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car engine surges without touching gas pedal and car accelerates without warning. Engine often stalls when trying to accelerate. Engine idle speed changes constantly. Dealership updated program twice and cleaned the throttle twice and car is ok for about 3 days and then all the same problems return. Dealership will not replace throttle under the warranty or even if I pay for it myself..

- Defuniak Springs, FL, USA

problem #12

Aug 182007

XC70

  • 91,795 miles
2001 Volvo V70xc with vehicle speed control malfunction. Customer states the vehicle lost all power when they hit the cruise control resume button. Dealer cleaned the ETM and dealer told the consumer the problem was intermittent.

- Mount Vernon, WA, USA

problem #11

Jun 082006

XC70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,900 miles
The warning light on the message board of my 2001 Volvo XC70 displayed "performance reduced" and "engine service system urgent". the car lacks appropriate acceleration and shakes as if it were going to stall. After taking it to be repaired, I was informed that the electronic throttle on my car was faulty.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #10

Jan 082006

XC70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,910 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have had problems with this car stalling for over two years. I have had the throttle body replaced twice. In the month the car has been stalling at all speeds and surging when braking. This last stalling episode occurred while pulling out into a thoroughfare while I was accelerating to go slightly uphill. Since I had no power, I could not even steer the car off to the side of the road quickly. It was at night, therefore an extremely dangerous situation. These problems have been occurring over and over again, despite all of the service that I have had done on this car.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #9

Aug 272005

XC70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
Our 01 Volvo V-70 xc had been acting a little off, kind of surging a little while at highway speeds, dealer couldn't find a problem.. so we tried to ignore it. One day a few months ago my wife (8 mo. Pregnant) took the car to the city. Along the way, she was going up a hill on a two-lane highway, when the car started loosing power and finally just quitting right there on the road....no shoulder...cars whizzing by. By the time I got there, the car started fine, so I switched her vehicle and she continued on. Upon calling the dealer, I was informed that I'd probably need to have the "ETM throttle" replaced. Car stalled out two more times before we were able to get it to dealer. $900 later, the car works fine now. Upon looking into this problem, it sounds like it's happening to all the Volvo like ours! this can be a very dangerous problem! what can NHTSA do about making Volvo replace these faulty throttles with better ones?

- Pateros, WA, USA

problem #8

Dec 042004

XC70

  • 71,000 miles
On September 10, 2004 Volvo xc-70 (2001) stalled without warning while driving 55 mph on 695 West in baltimore just before the exit for I-83. The car was almost hit by a semi trailer, and several other cars. The contact's car had to be towed, and the electronic throttle body was replaced. However, on December 1, 2004, the same problem occurred when car stalled at an intersection but was able to restart it. The electronic throttle was repaired again. X-ref 10130923 2 replacements, smch.

- Millersville, MD, USA

problem #7

Oct 312005

XC70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,250 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

We purchased our 2001 Volvo XC70 from a reputable dealer in Iowa city, ia with 72,000 miles in February of 2005. The dealer reported it had been well maintained prior to purchase and we have had it carefully maintained, since. On October 31st of 2005, on my way to an important interview the Volvo began stuttering and running roughly. The vehicle reported "reduced performance" on the diagnostic display and the "service engine" light turned on. I couldn't maintain a reasonable speed so I pulled over and turned off the car. The car had difficulty starting but I was able to eventually start it and drive to a nearby repair shop. I was referred to a Volvo specialist and they reported it was a problem with the electronic throttle module and I would have to take it to a dealer at a cost of about $1200. I don't feel that an essential piece of equipment like this should fail so early on a well maintained vehicle. This failure strikes me as a poor design - similar to the problems with the electric fan on this vehicle that was factory recalled. I understand that many other people have been experiencing this problem and there is a class action suit being tried in California. I understand that later model cars have a different ETM and have fewer problems which leads me to believe Volvo is aware of the issue and has taken steps to rectify it, but only for later model cars. I believe Volvo should also be accountable for cars of the 2001 vintage and issue a factory recall. The costs to be for this problem have been: Being late to my security interview for my new job. 4 hours of vacation time from work 6+ hours of personal time $1200 in repair costs 3+ hours driving wife to work because reliance on 1 car additional fuel costs because of back and forth ferrying wife to work please pressure Volvo to accepting responsibility for this problem and have them issue a recall for this defect. Thanks.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #6

Oct 212005

XC70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,500 miles
2001 Volvo stalled without warning leaving my wife and 3 children stranded on the side of a very busy highway. When vehicle stalled a "reduced power" message was received on vehicle display. After letting vehicle sit for 10 minutes, vehicle restarted without error message. Drove for approx 15 minutes and vehicle stalled/cut-out again; again stranding my family on the side of the road. Had towed to dealership; Volvo diagnosed a failed "electronic throttle module". the ETM was replaced at a cost of $1016 to me. This incident occurred at approx 58,000 miles. Thank god nothing happened to my family as a result of this serious safety hazard.

- Butler, MO, USA

problem #5

Oct 152005

XC70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
We just bought a used 2001 Volvo V70xc with 70,000 miles and a 90 day warranty. The day I removed the 30 day temp tag the trouble. On the interstate going 70 mph at 1:00am about 6 hours from home the car lost power and died. It restarted after a few minutes. We thought it was bad fuel. Later that weekend, Oct 15, 2005, we lost power going through a tunnel. I thought we were going to die. Luckily we made it out. Found out it was the ETM. Not covered by warranty and not repairable by anyone but Volvo who according to them-never have problems with this part. Please advise. I am scared to death and I do not have $1200 to fix this problem.

- Kill Devil Hills, NC, USA

problem #4

Sep 012005

XC70

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,700 miles
1) in the 6 weeks prior to the failure we had noticed worsening symptoms of what we now know is the failure of the electronic throttle module (ETM) in our 2001 Volvo XC70. At highway speeds there would be intermittent surging that was not caused by the driver 2) on Sept. 1, 2005, there were two separate instances where the vehicle suddenly lost speed and the motor began to violently shake as if about to stall; the dashboard indicator said "performance reduced." Both times the motor was shut off briefly, then restarted and the car was drivable again. 3) the car was taken to a Volvo-certified service facility where the on-board computer code was used to diagnose throttle failure. This occurred while on travel out of town and we had no choice but to authorize the replacement of the ETM. The entire repair job was done at a cost to me of $1110.

- Ijamsville, MD, USA

problem #3

Aug 272005

XC70

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2001 Volvo XC70 cross country station wagon. The vehicle stalled/died and lost power. This occurred on August 27, 2005. The electronic throttle module (ETM) needed to be replaced.

- Hastings On Hudson, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 192004

XC70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,490 miles
Vehicle stalled/died, and lost power due to throttle body failure. While driving the consumer noticed that the vehicle was not holding at a constant speed. This occurred whether the consumer used the cruise control or manually operated the accelerator pedal. The consumer contacted the dealer who determined that eh problem was the throttle body.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 092005

XC70

  • miles
Failure of kent rasmussen electronic throttle module on 2001 Volvo XC70.

- Plymouth, MN, USA

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