hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,310 miles

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2003 Volvo S60 engine problems

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2003 Volvo S60 Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 252010


  • 135,000 miles


I had a similar issue about two years ago and replaced the catalytic converter. Just today (9/25/10), my 2003 Volvo S60 began to irregularly stall while driving. While I'm slowing down, it downshifts by it self, and just dies, and while I'm slowing down, the warning indicators on the dash are not lit, as if nothing is wrong, but when come to a complete stop all the lights on the dash are lit. The check engine light then comes on, it wasn't on before this happened. This can be very dangerous when you are slowing down to turn at an intersection. The car stall, you have no power steering and you are dead in the middle of traffic. This happened no less than 10 time while I was driving today.

- Southington, CT, USA

problem #5

Mar 102007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a Volvo S60 and it has stalled three times in the last two weeks, I took it in to be looked at and they found nothing wrong with the engine to fix my problem.

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #4

Oct 132006

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 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. The car dies after it has reached operating temperatures. It just stops on the interstate or at a stop light, in intersections, etc. It takes between 10 and 30 seconds before it can be restarted. My concern is that this could be an recurring unreported problem with this vehicle.

- Southington, CT, USA

problem #3

Jul 282005

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,400 miles


I was traveling on I-65 from louisville, ky to Chicago, Illinois and encountered sudden loss of power after driving 205 miles at steady freeway speeds. The car (Volvo S60, 2003 model) suddenly lost power and speed from 70 mph. I pulled over to the shoulder at a speed of 40 mph and turned off the engine. I waited 10 minutes and then started the engine and reentered the highway and was able to accelerate to 70 mph. After about 3-5 minutes the same loss of power occurred and the engine turned off and the oil light remained on. I once again pulled off to the shoulder, turned off the vehicle and called for tow assistance. The car was towed to a Volvo dealer in, Indiana (napleton auto) and left for 24 hrs. Dealer reported no diagnostic evidence of problem and was unable to replicate the problem on non-highway drive tests. I subsequently drove the car on a return trip to louisville, ky ( 350 mi.) but with several stops along the way to rest the engine. This loss of power created a very serious safety risk. When the loss of power occurred I had a fast moving truck behind me and avoided an accident by quickly moving to the shoulder. I was very distressed by this experience.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #2

Jul 302005

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
I own a 2003 Volvo S60, 4 dr sedan, purchased from don beyer Volvo in falls church, va, serviced at don beyer Volvo in dulles, va. The car has suddenly stalled in the middle of an intersection twice in the last 2 weeks but would re-start almost immediately. Last night, it stalled going 70 mph on a major highway with no warning whatsoever. I lost all power immediately and had to maneuver over lanes of traffic to pull over without power steering. Very dangerous situation. Towed to the dealership where they replaced the fuel pressure regulator and said they've had no other complaints of this sort. However, just tonight I saw a news report on channel 8 news in wash DC stating that Volvo is being investigated for claims of this exact type. Did not see any mention of the S60 model so thought I would report my incident to be included in the investigation.

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #1

May 202003

S60 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,458 miles
On 2 occasions, while driving, the vehicle suddenly stalled, the dealer replaced a sensor, however the problem recurred.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

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