hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,850 miles

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2005 Volvo S40 miscellaneous problems

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2005 Volvo S40 Owner Comments

problem #2

May 022014

S40 5-cyl

  • 62,700 miles


(S40 2.4I) initial car message: "brake failure, pull over safely." I continued to drive home since I was a few blocks away. Message changed to "anti skid service required" then back to brake failure again. Difficulty accelerating after stopping, felt like the parking brake was on but drove ok once accelerated. Attempted to turn off car but message changed to "immobilizer, check manual" and could not turn key to off position. From what I read in the manual, it appeared that the card didn't recognize it was in park. Turned parking brake on and off a few times and was able to turn off car. Brought to local mechanic who replaced brake pad sensor and anti-stop switch. --in and out of auto repair shop 4X over the past month w/the same issues and new symptoms: Wipers turned on automatically and don't shut off and new message: Engine system service urgent. --mechanic replaced some rusted wires, brought to a Volvo dealer who reset computer and did not find any problems. --still having same issues. Cannot put car into drive or turn off car when brake failure or anti-skid message appear but if I wait a few minutes, I can turn the car off and on a couple of times to get to the engine system service urgent message and I can then put it into drive. Sometimes all messages go away and it is fine for a few days but then the car jerks forward as if someone bumped the car and all messages appear again. New message: Power steering message flashed briefly.. although there was no problem w/the steering. Bringing to another Volvo dealer.. the saga continues. --I read prior consumer complaints on this site and I also had the sunroof leakage problem in 2013. Entire floor of car was soaked, especially passenger side. Took 3 visits, weeks and $900 to get it fixed. Volvo first cleaned out the clogged line but carpets were wet again so they then replaced the entire line.

- East Meadow, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 302010


  • 65,000 miles
I have been waiting for over 1 month for a new alternator for my 2005 S40 Volvo. I cannot get an answer from anyone in Volvo why it is taking so long. Of course, I can not drive the car I have been told by Volvo that 139 other Volvo owners are in the same condition. Please help.

- Centreville, VA, USA

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