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NHTSA — Vehicle Speed Control Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,300 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.

2002 Volvo XC70 engine problems

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2002 Volvo XC70 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 152006


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Volvo XC70. While driving 15 mph, when the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle would not accelerate past 20 mph. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where it was diagnosed that the throttle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 262011

XC70 5-cyl

  • 149,000 miles
My wife drove our car a 2002 Volvo XC70 station wagon from our second home approximately ten miles to san luis obispo calif. For shopping. She parked the car in the parking lot and went into a store. She came back out, started the car and backed out of the parking space. When she put the transmission lever in drive the engine went to full RPM and lurched forward, she applied the brakes which could not hold the high engine speed pulling the car forward. She quickly shut the engine off with the key avoiding a potential accident. The cruise control was not on and there were no objects I.e., floor mats or other items, near the accelerator pedal. Thank god my wife or no one else was injured or killed. I am a retired fire captain and private fire investigator with 30+ experience. This scared the hell out of us and we do not trust the car. I previously took the car to the dealership and reported the transmission 'clunking' they recommended that I drive it till it failed because of the high costs involved. Now, I am reading reports of coil spring failures and bearing problems. I bought this car specifically for the safety features; now I am very disappointed and extremely concerned.

- Mariposa, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 232010


  • 110,000 miles
I have a 2002 Volvo XC70, 110K miles with an ETM defect that the dealership will not replace. According to your website it is covered under the new 10 year/ 200K miles warranty. The check engine light it on that displaces the ETM code. I took it howard orloff in Chicago this morning and they will not replace the part under warranty. The car accelerates and decelerates while driving - it is not safe.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Jun 042007

XC70 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,800 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Volvo XC70. On June 4, 2007, the vehicle will not exceed 20 mph when accelerating from a stop. The contact stated that this has occurred on two different occasions. There is safety recall # 06V441000 (vehicle speed control). She was told that the safety recall does not apply to her VIN. The current mileage is 33,000 and failure mileage was 32,800.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #2

Aug 072006


  • miles
Surging - unintended acceleration.

- Sylvania, OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 042004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
There were transmission, acceleration, deceleration and drastic lurching problems that had been occurring for the past 14 months. The lurching problem was not duplicated. The problem would occur in parking lots when the consumer foot was removed from the brake and prior to touching the accelerator. The stick shift would lock as well. There was a re-occurring squeak in the steering.

- Annandale, NJ, USA

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