hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,034 miles

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2005 Volvo S60 engine problems

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2005 Volvo S60 Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 172015


  • 74,171 miles


Twice now over a ten day period first when reducing speed to a stop or then again at a speed of less than 5 mph, the car died...first the engine died then all else died. The car went dead. I still had my steering and slowly rolled to the curbed then as I gently put on the brakes the car jerked to a halt. During the second incident the car still jerked after I had stopped. A loud sound of a fan from the engine could be heard. The fan stopped after 10 to 15 seconds. After a minute I restarted the car and made it home both times.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 222011

S60 5-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Vehicle has stalled without any warning several times while traveling at highway speeds (60 mph). First incident occurred during the summer of 2011 at 105,000 miles. A second, similar incident occurred in the fall of 2011 at 108,000 miles. Auto scandia in herndon, va, replaced mass air flow meter in an attempt to address the problem. The vehicle performed well for several months without incident. Unfortunately it stalled again in March 2012. This was also without any warning while traveling at highway speeds (60 mph). The unusual highway breakdown was very dangerous.

- Reston, VA, USA

problem #3

Nov 032008


  • 32,000 miles
I have had to replace the engine cooling system (radiator) twice for this car in less than 66K. While you are driving, the warning "stop car immediately coolant low" comes on. Volvo has changed the supplier for this part, which tells me they know it is a problem. Not only is this scary, but the cost to replace (with labor) is over $1,300. I think this is both a hazard for the driver, other drivers (if you need to pull over quickly and stop your engine) as well as an unnecessary cost. As a consumer who has tolerated enough corporate abuse (banks, wall street, car bailouts) I am hopeful that the NHTSA will look into this issue and require that Volvo stand behind the quality of the cars they make and sell.

- Greenbrae, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 282011


  • miles
I own a 2005 Volvo S60. When driving today to work, with no warning, the vehicle stalled. I was unable to control the gas and the steering became rough. Hitting the accelerator did nothing. I was able to slow the vehicle to the side of the road. Once I turned it off and back on it restarted. If this had happened on a highway, it could have resulted in a major accident. Research shows that this is a common problem with Volvo. There was a recall for these incidents for under years 2003 -and 2004- 07V226000. The recall for the S40 covered through 2006 - 08V033000. A search of the internet forum shows that this is happening for a lot of the 2005 models as well. Please consider including these model years as this is a danger.

- Miami Lakes, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 152008


  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volvo S60. The vehicle shut off twice while approaching a stop sign and while driving approximately 70 mph. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle slowed down and lost all power, including the brakes. The vehicle will be taken to the dealer for a diagnostic. The current and failure mileages were 94,000.

- Ocean Side , CA, USA

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