hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,397 miles

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2001 Volvo S60 fuel system problems

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2001 Volvo S60 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #26

Dec 012011


  • 128,900 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volvo S60. The contact stated the vehicle had a strong smell of gasoline. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V483000 (fuel system, gasoline: Delivery: Fuel pump) and took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer advised that the smell of gasoline was from caused buy the same failure as described in the recall, but the contact's vehicle was not included. The VIN was not available. The current and the failure mileages were 128,900.

- Dover, PA, USA

problem #25

Sep 012011

S60 5-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
Making a left turn, changing lanes, slowing down. Engine revved up to near maximum. I was able to control the vehicle. After engine returned to normal speed, no further problems until 12/14/11. On that date, a repeat of the surge. I have owned this car for 7 years. These incidents happened only after the last service at the dealer.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #24

Oct 312010


  • 94,000 miles
Fuel tank overflows before tank is full and spills fuel on drvier and ground. Happens constantly each time I try to fill the tank. Bought the vehicle with the problem, but I was not apprised by the previous owner. Checked the internet and the problem is very common among Volvo vehicles, especially this model. Volvo refuses to issue a recall and instead wants customers to pay for the repair.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #23

Jun 222011


  • 180,895 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volvo S60. The contact stated that there was an overpowering gasoline smell coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and where the contact was advised that the fuel pump was leaking fuel and needed to be replaced. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09V483000 (fuel system, gasoline: Delivery fuel pump), but was advised by the dealer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 108,895.

- Missouri City, TX, USA

problem #22

Dec 292010

S60 5-cyl

  • 161,000 miles
There is a strong fuel odor at the rear of my 2001 Volvo S60. It is stronger when I have a full tank of gas. I found out that there is a recall for this exact problem (ODI # 09V483000) so I took it to a dealership to have it fixed. They confirmed that my fuel pump is leaking but said the recall expires after 150K miles. My car has 161K miles on it. I called Volvo and they also said my vehicle is no longer covered.

- Manchester, MO, USA

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problem #21

Nov 152010


  • 160,001 miles
I have a 2001 Volvo S60 with a fuel leak on top of the fuel pump assembly.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #20

Jul 212010


  • 167,000 miles


I had an oil change and soon thereafter, I noticed that the car has a strong smell of gasoline. This has been happening for a week and I am afraid to drive the car. This is my only car and I need to know if there is a recall on this since there seem to be a good number of complaints.

- Linden, NJ, USA

problem #19

Dec 152009


  • 190,000 miles
I have a 2001 S60 Volvo, with 190,000 miles on it. Fuel has been leaking from the rear of vehicle. I found out that Volvo has a recall on the problem-- NHTSA(09V483000). The local dealer said the car was out of warranty and they would not replace the cracked fuel pump housing under this recall. Is there a time limit or miles limit on a safety recall./28/2010

- Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #18

Sep 142009


  • miles
Leak on fuel pump, we had to replace leaking fuel pump but paid ahead. Need to know how to send the invoice for reimbursement since there is a recall on this model. Recall #07V152000 Volvo S60 2001.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #17

Dec 012009


  • miles
2001 Volvo S60 - gas leak from above the fuel tank. Strong gas odor, discovered fuel dripping down side of tank under vehicle on passenger's side. Drove for at least 2 weeks or more before I figured out it was my car that creating that gas smell at lights (only noticed when window was down). Until vehicle began leaking a lot of gas and odor was over powering. Was told Volvo's "extended warranty" would not cover the defective fuel pump because the "extended warranty" was only for 10 years or 150,000 miles. Had vehicle repaired at my expense. One day after repair an even worse gas leak appeared under vehicle on driver's side above rear gas tank. Not resolved as of date of complaint. Puddle of gas under vehicle. Gas odor strong really afraid to drive it back to the mechanic. Additional complaint: Intermittent lurching or surging of same Volvo S60 at low speeds shortly after starting. It lunges forward and then pulls back with no depressing of accelerator. It is a manual transmission so the lurching is very alarming considering no additional depression of the accelerator is happening when it randomly lunges forward. Usually stops lunging after 10 minutes of driving.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #16

Sep 152009


  • 125,000 miles


Vehicle is hard to start, coupled with a strong fuel smell emitting from the fuel tank fill neck.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #15

Sep 072009


  • 86,100 miles
Strong fuel smell from rear of car and pump leaking at tank.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #14

Sep 082009


  • 103,820 miles
I began noticing a strong gasoline odor in my garage. Since no fuel is stored there I knew it was coming from my vehicle, a 2001 Volvo S60. I tried to identify a leak source but was unable to do so. The gas smell is strongest at the passenger side front wheel well. I am concerned that at some point a fire may result. I took the car in to a local shop and had it up on a lift. Neither the tech nor I was able to id a leak, but I am still having the strong gas odor.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #13

Aug 102009


  • 130,000 miles
2001 Volvo S60 gas leak at top of gas tank. Strong smell of gas in garage. Gas leak close to exhaust pipe. Leak not large. Small puddle on ground and passenger side of gas tank wet from top of tank down (mid way up tank).

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #12

Jul 242009


  • 120,000 miles
Hard starting and faint smell of fuel, especially in hot weather.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #11

Mar 072009


  • 109,211 miles
I was planning to go into work a bit later than usual so I loaded up my two youngest boys into the car for my wife, after she pulled out I noticed numerous wet spots on my carport, there is enough tree pollen on the carport that it holds the fuel evidently for an extended period of time. Upon seeing the spots on the carport I ran my finger through the area and before I had my hand within a foot of my nose I could clearly identify the smell. I normally leave for work hours before my wife and kids depart for school and I normally arrive hours after they are home, it has taken me a while to notice the problem and discover the source. Our carport is open on three sides, in the last two weeks we have noticed a very strong gasoline smell, I thought it was from a gas can I kept nearby. After removal of the gas can we continued to smell the gasoline, it is so strong that even in an open area it will actually make you nauseous within minutes. I questioned my wife about her gas mileage and any out of the ordinary performance in the care lately, she stated that the gas mileage has decreased severely in the past couple of months and the car runs very rough as far as idling and acceleration. I used a floor jack to raise the left side of the car and discovered that the gas tank has a leak on the top of it or the outlet fuel line above the tank has a leak. Normally the car can be driven by my wife for her day to day purposes for two weeks on a full tank now it will not make one full week. There has been no incident where anyone was seriously hurt but I believe that the amount of fuel leaking could be a fatal defect at some point if not discovered and repaired properly. I did some investigating on the internet and discovered the filing and recall in Arizona and Nevada id # 07V152000. I have to wonder who decided that these two states were the only one's hot enough to have this problem? I have taken numerous pictures and would be happy to supply them if necessary. Thank you

- Gonzales, LA, USA

problem #10

Dec 142008


  • 91,400 miles
Fuel odor when exiting vehicle after parking. Fuel residue observed on the side of the gas tank when looking under the vehicle. Dealer not sure if covered by extended warranty. Update 1/9/09: Web user comments: Issue resolved, vehicle repaired under extended warranty. However, to be sure I was covered before visiting the dealer, I had to remove the seat bottom and the pump cover and verify the fuel leak was at the top of the fuel pump. Then the service manager agreed I would be covered. ---- this mail was sent using the contact form from www-ODI.NHTSA.dot.gov web

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 122007


  • 45,000 miles
I bought my 2001 Volvo S60 N/a brand new at the end of 2001. Since up to about September of 2007, I had no problems with the vehicle except routine service. Then I noticed loud "clanging" and "metallic thumping" whenever I went over rough roads at any speed. Turns out that my control arm bushings (be they ever poorly made) cracked into pieces. Took my vehicle to my independent Volvo shop to repair the bushings. The technician, after the repairs were done, notified me that there was a fuel leak coming from the rear fuel tank area. Funny that it was that exact week that I started to notice the gasoline smell, be so ever faint. As of today, September 22, 2008, the smell has become very strong where as even with the windows open while driving, I literally have to stick my nose against the open window to breathe in what should be fresh air.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 012008


  • 58,000 miles
Recently noticed car was difficult to start and car smells like gas. These events seemed to have started at approximately the same time and there has been no physical event (crash, impact) that initiated the complaint. It appears to have started in mid summer where it is operated in South Florida, and I get in the car at 4pm to 107 degrees on the temp reading. I have done nothing, but have concern about safety issues and possible fire hazard.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 092008


  • 140,000 miles
Incredibly strong gas smell after 4 consecutive weeks of temps over 100 degrees. Slight gas leakage at fuel pump. I have 2 small children transported in this car everyday and Volvo will not extend the recall to any other states.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

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