hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
121,515 miles

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2003 Volvo S60 lights problems

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2003 Volvo S60 Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 032015


  • 170,000 miles


I am surprised there has not been a recall issued for certain model year Volvo relative to the center dash module losing all communication apparently due to failed solder connections (based on chat-rooms, Volvo specific). I understand components can fail, but the sheer number of failures and the failure mode is beyond typical or expected failures. The failure mode causes most or all dash gauges, indicators and lights to fail, including the speedometer. These failures apparently occur randomly, and at any age/mileage.

- Jacksonville, AL, USA

problem #5

Jun 152015


  • 129,091 miles
While driving home after having steering rack replaced the dash lights (speedometer, turn signals, message center, etc.) went completely out. After multiple drives the dash lights go on and off intermittently while driving.

- Munster, IN, USA

problem #4

Nov 012013


  • 153,000 miles
Driving car lights on dash board went completely off. Took it to shop they tap it and dash came on again, change fuse. Lights went off again and stayed off.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 122013

S60 5-cyl

  • 183,000 miles


My 2003 S60 Volvo has failed it all started with the radio flickering to different stations.I noticed from than my lights started blinking on and off I has no idea what was going on with this car I seriously almost got into in accident I pulled over and turned the car off 5mins after I started it up now all the guages where down eve fuel was pass empty I was terrified that my car would shut off I had my 7 year old in the car as I was carefully was driving home the guages starting moving all over the place radio switching from left to right the msg window said sea bag service soon iam very scare of my safety jus bought this car on Feb 12/2013.

- Trenton , NJ, USA

problem #2

Aug 102012

S60 5-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
While driving out of a parking lot and accelerating to 35 mph, entire dashboard blacked out. No speedometer, no odometer, no gas gauge, no message. Radio, windows, and air conditioning continued to work normally, as did headlights, interior lights, and turn signals. I turned off engine and then restarted car. Same symptoms. The third time I restarted car I received message on panel, SRS/airbag service urgent light comes on and stays on. I could not retrieve any other information regarding average speed, how full gas tank is, etc. I just went out to my car, which has been parked for about 21/2 hours since the incident, to get the mileage for this report and panel lights have disappeared again! I will get car to mechanic tomorrow, but I feel this is a very dangerous situation to be in, and especially with night time or high speed highway driving! my mileage is approximately 94,000 miles. I could not get a reading from my odometer as the panel is blacked out again!

- Silverdale, WA, USA

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problem #1

Jul 132011


  • miles
I am the owner of a 2003 Volvo S60, this vehicle has been a headache for some time now. The first issue started with the headlights blowing out. I have had the car since 2008 and the lights have blown out atleast 10X's. the 2nd major issue I'm having with the vehicle is the car completely shuts down without warning when making a turn or sometimes sitting idle at a red light. Of course when the car is hooked up to a diagnostic machine there are no error codes and since this issue happens without warning it never happens when a service tech is with me. Lastly, two days ago I started my vehicle and the entire dash completely blacked out. None of the gauges are operable. I cannot see whether I have fuel or not in it. I feel that the manufacturer of this vehicle should be help responsible for these issues. I have read many complaints, and there were many Volvo owners who have had the same exact problems I have been experiencing. There needs to be a re-call so that the consumers who have paid several diagnostic fees and repairs fees get reimbursed for the faulty products or parts being used to build these vehicles.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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