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NHTSA — Fuel/Propulsion System Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,000 miles

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2008 Volvo XC70 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2008 Volvo XC70 Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 182016


  • 65,000 miles


Despite fuel gauge reading over 1/4 tank car stopped in middle of a highway and nearly caused a collision; thankfully no one hurt. Despite service bulletins on this issue with 2008xc70 no recall ever issued. Several others have reported this issue to NHTSA, I believe a recall is appropriate due to the obvious safety problems and because this only happens to the 2008 model- obviously it was fixed on all the future models.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 272010

XC70 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
In Mar, 2010 while in heavy slow moving traffic, car stalled. Mileage indicator showed 245 miles to empty. Car towed to Volvo dealership and it was found tank was empty and fuel sensor was not functioning properly. Problem was supposedly fixed under warranty. In Mar, 2012 on interstate in driving rain car stalled again. I was able to get to shoulder before complete stoppage. Fuel indicator showed 255 miles to empty. Again we were out of gas. Car taken to dealership where it was purchased from and they reported they could find no problem. Fuel indicator seemed to work fine after that until Aug, 2013. On a major highway the car began stalling again. I got it off the major road to wait for aaa assistance. Fuel indicator showed 245 miles to empty but tank was again empty. Volvo dealership states it will cost approx. $800 to diagnose the problem with fuel sensor and they are unable to quote a potential cost for the repair without the diagnosis. The loss of control when car runs out of gas is dangerous and terrifying. Even if we could afford the diagnosis and repair, there is no guarantee that this will not happen again, esp. Since it was supposedly repaired in 2010!

- Ridgeville, SC, USA

problem #1

Sep 032012

XC70 6-cyl

  • miles
My 2008 Volvo XC70 spontaneously accelerated as I prepared to park. This happened on two occasions so far, and I am frightened to get behind the wheel again. The experience in both cases was almost identical. The car lurched forward suddenly as I slowed the car to park it. In both cases, my foot was depressed firmly on the brake. The car only accelerated to a few miles per hour, but both times the car stopped only once it collided: The first time with a fence, and the second time with a porch. The brake was seemingly useless. A field engineer inspected our car after the second crash but concluded that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. My research online has revealed that sudden acceleration is an issue that Volvo did struggle with in many of their european models; however, according to Volvo, it was likely related to the fact that they ran on diesel fuel. I have found acceleration issues like mine reported with unleaded fuel engines in the us, but never with a 2008 XC70. Volvo has yet to make reparations and we have been without a car for a month.

- Katonah, NY, USA

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