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NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,558 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.

2008 Volvo XC70 fuel system problems

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2008 Volvo XC70 Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 032012


  • 59,000 miles


Fuel gauge erratically moves downward inappropriately. Seems to reset when car restarted, but totally undependable in terms of accuracy. Auto is 3.5 years old but out of warranty at 60K mi. Dealer recommends new fuel tank (which includes sending unit) and fuel pump. Recommended against used part as "old part has been superceded" it sounds like this is a defect which has not resulted in a recall/campaign. Note: Repair with parts and labor is $2100.

- Cazenovia, NY, USA

problem #7

Dec 072011

XC70 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
While driving along with fuel indicator reading 1/4 - 1/2 tank remaining, my 2008 XC70 engine completely stalls out. This has happened twice and both times could have been potentially very dangerous. I am sickened to learn there is a recall for the 2011 model (software calibration for the fuel cut-functionality in the engine control module is too sensitive) but not the 2008! thanks Volvo!!

- Barrington, RI, USA

problem #6

Mar 102010


  • 30,010 miles
A 2008 Volvo XC70 with approximately 30,000 miles stalled while driving about 30 mph. The fuel gauge indicated 1/4 tank and the low fuel indicator on the dash was not on. The vehicle had run out of gas.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #5

Apr 052010


  • 13,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Volvo XC70. The contact was driving approximately 70 mph when the vehicle suddenly shut off. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. The fuel gauge displayed a quarter of a tank full. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer. The technician stated that the vehicle shut off, as a result of an empty fuel tank; however, there was fuel added to the fuel tank prior to having it towed. The contact was aware of the safety complaints regarding the fuel system; and stated that the manufacturer should identify the problem. The failure mileage was 13,000.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #4

Sep 152009


  • 22,500 miles
2008 Volvo XC70 on road trip to college on I-75, started sputtering and "check engine " light went on. I exited at nearest exit lake city, fl and parked and called for road side assistance. My car was flat-bedded and taken to ocala Volvo. Fuel sensor, fuel tank, fuel pump etc replaced. I had to use a loaner for the road trip after already losing one day of travel.

- Miami Beach, FL, USA

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problem #3

Aug 042009


  • 21,151 miles
My Volvo's engine started to sputter then died and lost all power. This occurred in seconds and left my two young children and I in a very dangerous, potentially deadly traffic situation. My gas gauge read 150 miles worth of gas left in gas tank. The Volvo was towed to the dealership where it was found to have a faulty fuel pump and control module. Both were replaced.

- Redmond, OR, USA

problem #2

Jan 032009


  • 29,000 miles
Rapid loss of power in fast lane on busy highway. Two incidents. First time, gauge said 90 miles to empty. Second time, 125 miles to empty. No indication of questionable low fuel. Check engine light came on. Luckily both times was able to get past semi's, as vehicle lost power totally in less than 30 seconds. From 65 to 0. occurred in January 2009 and March 2009. January 2009 reported to state police. March 2009 reported to dealership for service.

- Eastford, CT, USA

problem #1

Aug 012008


  • 5,800 miles
Traveling on a busy expway during rush hour in left lane when car started bucking. I was able to switch 2 lanes and almost made it to the shoulder when the car stopped and wouldn't start again. Car information system reported that the battery power was critically low. I put my hazard lights on and called the police. I could not get out of my car because the traffic was going by too quickly (I was at the bottom of a exit ramp.) police called their tow truck to get me off the road quickly. Volvo on line service said it would tale an hour to get a truck to me even though I told them I was in a very hazardous place) car was towed to Volvo dealership where within 5 minutes the person who went out to look at my car called me back and told me the car was out of gas; the gas meter read approx 1/3 full. He reported that there is a problem with the gas meter in the model of 2008 car ( they have had other customers with this problem) they have ordered a new gas meter and said that they will replace the old one as soon as the part comes in. I am lucky no one rear ended me and the wasn't a multiple car accident due to drivers swerving so they wouldn't hit me. If this is a problem in the Volvo 2008 CX70, I think other Volvo owners should be alerted to the possibility and Volvo should identify and replace other faulty gas meters.

- Baltimore , MD, USA

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