hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,309 miles

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2003 Volvo S60 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Volvo S60 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #6

Dec 102008


  • 94,000 miles


On 12 Dec, 2008, my 2003 Volvo S60 stalled with no warning while traveling on a busy highway at 60 mph. I pulled to safety (vehicle was in "limp home" mode) and had the vehicle towed to the dealership (park place Volvo). Since the vehicle started right back up and presented no codes, I was told there was nothing wrong and given a bill for $418 (for tow and diagnostic check). Approx. 1 month later, vehicle presented same problem; it stalled, without warning, while driving... creating a great safety risk for the second time. I had vehicle towed again to same dealership, and since vehicle started right back up with no codes, I was told there was nothing wrong. Dealership could not get vehicle to duplicate problem on either occasion. However, to appease me, dealership did replace accelerator pedal...vehicle still presents same stalling issue, and intermittently goes into "limp home" mode for no apparent reason. This will undoubtedly cause a serious accident, as it is obvious, from the numerous complaints on this issue, that this is a mass defect.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 012006

S60 5-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,500 miles
The car stalled repeatedly while the engine was idling. All power was lost making the car very difficult to steer and brake. I nearly got into several accidents the engine stalled while: 1) stopped at a red light 2) while shifting gears on the highway 3) while shifting gears in heavy traffic I took the car to the dealership 4 times before the problem correctly fixed. The following items were replaced but did not fix the problem: 1) fuel pump 2) map sensor (replaced 2 times) neither of these fixes worked. The problem was corrected after modifying the software on the computer board.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #4

Jul 292005

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,500 miles
During normal city and highway driving, my 2003 Volvo S-60 sedans engine and electrical system suddenly fails without warning, resulting in a dangerous complete loss of power and control of the vehicle. The dangerous incident has occurred numerous times. The original dealer, Warren henry Volvo, and Volvo North America, were both notified of the Volvo hazardous problem, and the vehicle has been in service and repair on three separate occasions for the same problem without satisfactory resolution. To date, the 2003 Volvo S-60 exhibits the same dangerous problems.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #3

Apr 292005


  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles


In April the vehicle stalled when making a right hand turns. Did the same thing a few days later. Took vehicle to the dealer, they checked the vehicle and they hadn't heard of this before. Some kind of plate had to be cleaned. The vehicle just turned 30,000 miles. Then a month later while merging at 55 mph the vehicle died. It did start again. Brought the vehicle back to dealer, they kept the car a week and did testing, and claimed one other person had the same complaint. They did the same thing to consumer's vehicle that they did to other person' vehicles. Then, dealer said there was a recall.

- Long Beach , NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 202005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Vehicle stalled for no apparent reason. The vehicle was taken to the dealership three times but they could not find any cause. There was no warning and the vehicle could be started back up. Consumer stated that this occurred at least 6 times, and they did not drive the vehicle anymore. This started in March 2005.

- Baca Ratan, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 022005

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
I have a 2003 Volvo S 60 that has begun stalling out while driving. I believe that this is similar to other car problems that have been reported recently. At this time the dealer has not been able to locate or correct the problem. The car dies after it has reached operating temperatures. It just stops on the interstate, Florida's toll road, in intersections, etc. It takes between 15 and 60 seconds before it can be restarted. My concern is that this could be an unreported problem with this vehicle.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

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