really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,996 miles

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2001 Volvo S40 electrical problems

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2001 Volvo S40 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 152016


  • 190,000 miles


I've contacted Volvo and demanded my money back and they refused, this is my next step before taking them to court for a measily 2,500. This car has caused me a headache unlike any other, the electrical system fails in this car and passes through it malfunctioning one thing after the next, my back window went up and down on its own, heating and cooling systems do whacky things which ruined the car making it overheat even after shops replace sensors and radiators, the main safety concern which Volvo is suppressing is that the electrical ghost also affects the braking system and accelerates, this is a main concern when you're on an expressway especially, it accelerates and you cannot hold the brake down hard enough to slow down, and it'll do it at random, and I know this is a problem with this year Volvo because I have a 1990 when it was Volvo and not bought my an american company and that car is perfect, and a cop talked to me for about an hour just before these bigger issues started happening, he'd owned a dealership and said this year Volvo has nothing but problems, and at that time I knew he was onto something because the air and heat buttons were doing all kinds of strange things, I was even in an accident once, a little fender bender thankfully just on a side street, my car wouldn't slow down and it skidded all T he way to the light and I dented someone's bumper, they let me slide because their car was a jalopy, but I've had this same electrical failure happening on expressways at various speeds

- East Chicago, IN, USA

problem #4

Nov 252011


  • 51,334 miles
Engine stalled while the car was in a moving motion. A cracked case of the breather sensor damaged idle air control valve and blown the fuse for the engine sensors.this is a very serious problem. Luckily, I was not on high way and running 65 miles a hour. My son and I would be killed. Without warning, one failed sensor blown other engine sensors' fuse that on the same circuit. No doubt there is an electrical designing problem with this kind car.

- Somerville, MA, USA

problem #3

Mar 092006

S40 4-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
A defect has occurred since I purchased the car in 2005. The vehicle is a 2001 Volvo S40. The defect is with a resistor for the heater blower motor that operates erratically. This type of defect was identified as NHTSA recall number 01V169000. The dealer refuses to repair for free. The resistor that is defective and causing the problem. They claim that there are no outstanding recalls on this vehicle. Please clarify if this resistor defect is included under the recall.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #2

Apr 162004


  • 44,594 miles
When accelerating vehicle would down shift gears. The dealership will be notified. The dealer have not been able to duplicate the problem. The transmission jerking occurred, the engine light would come on. There would be a burning oil smell, the gear shifter would not release and would stick intermittently, the steering wheel squeaked and was unable to be duplicated, the windshield wipers would squeak, and the speaker was erratic. Trhe battery was replaced, the tail lights were out, the windshield was replaced.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 032000


  • Automatic transmission
  • 52 miles
For months, the service light comes on in the car. I have taken the car in for repair 6 times. Each time, the light comes back on. Volvo engineer came in Friday to supervise the repair of car. Saturday evening the light went on. Two weeks ago, dealer loaned me a 2003 V40 for several days while they worked on car. Surprise! service engine light went on in loaner car. During last visit to dealer, two people in front of me were coming in for service engine light! there is a problem with these cars. I am on a lease, and asking factory to terminate lease.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

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