really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,257 miles

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2001 Volvo S80 engine problems

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2001 Volvo S80 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #21

Jan 032005

S80 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles


The throttle surges at times without me changing the throttle pedal...electronic throttle body may be bad....

- Berthoud, CO, USA

problem #20

Sep 092005

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
1) driving in a 35 mph zone. Slowing down to turn to side street, approximately 5 mph. 2) without warning, the car stalled. Lost power steering and brakes. I coasted to the intersection and stopped. Placed car in park and restarted on second attempt. 3)took the car into dealer jim fisher Volvo, portland Oregon. They checked the throttle control module for cleaning. It was clean so no work was performed. They could not replicate problem, so the returned car with no corrective action. No charge.

- Lake Oswego, OR, USA

problem #19

Sep 102005

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
ETM failure on my 2001 Volvo S80 has left it inoperable and a service bill of $1004 this is a common problem that has already been stated by several other customers. I would like to see something done about this. Volvo has a better reputation than this!please help.

- Owensboro, KY, USA

problem #18

Jul 162005

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volvo S80. The vehicle will begin to buck at highway speeds. The cruise control will drop off at random and stop working before the bucking starts. Sometimes at start up it will idle really rough. The contact purchased the vehicle on July 16, 2005 and this problem has been occurring ever since he purchased the vehicle. The vehicle will completely stall as well as run at low speeds. The vehicle failed at least 50 times since he purchased the vehicle. The consumer was not the original owner. The problem has been diagnosed as the electronic throttle module, but has not been fixed at this point.

- Shelton, WA, USA

problem #17

Jun 012003

S80 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On September 12, 2005 the consumer's husband had his foot on the brake and the vehicle surged forward. The electronic throttle module failed and was replaced.

- Marlton , NJ, USA

problem #16

Sep 082005

S80 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,500 miles
The vehicle began idling roughly about 2 weeks ago. It has gotten progressively worse to the point where it stalls in traffic and at stop lights. It also frequently revs itself up. The service department at my dealer has told me that the throttle controller has failed and that it will cost $880 to repair. I read that there is an investigation in to the failure of this part. It seems very dangerous to me and I am concerned enough to report it as it potentially may cause the drive to lose control or the failure could cause an accident.

- Canandaigua, NY, USA

problem #15

Apr 172004

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,969 miles


Car surged and ran unevenly. It was difficult to accelerate without surging ahead. Took it in for service and they "performed software upgrades to ECM and ETM." Then, a month later, the car stalled in the middle if an intersection and would not restart. The car was towed to the dealer and the ETM was replaced as well as the mass air flowmeter. Software was then reloaded. It has worked well since then.

- Aiken, SC, USA

problem #14

Aug 102005

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
I own a 2001 Volvo S80. I have had trouble with the electronic throttle module not responding to the throttle inputs and surging at idle. It would sometimes kill the car without warning when coming to a stop (losing power-steering while in turns) or make the car lunge forward unexpectedly. The lunging forward has almost caused accidents at intersections. I've been lucky for now, but I will not let my wife drive the car while it is doing this because she may not be able to control the car without power steering and brakes. I took it in for repair and they told me that it was the electronic throttle module, and they need replacing after a while, so I replaced it. 4 months later, I'm experiencing the same idle problems as well as the lunging problems. I am being told that it is the same problem with the throttle module. I've looked at many website forums and found many other people have the same problem through out the globe. There have also been times when it has died while in reverse and I loose power brakes while backing, without notice. I would request a recall and an improved part. Usa today is also reporting on this issue as well: yahoo.usatoday.com/money/autos/2005-08-01-volvo_X.htm"csp=1 forum web site: www.volvoxc.com/forums/showthread.php"mode=hybrid&T=6026 thank you for your time.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #13

Mar 262005

S80 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
I was on the ramp getting on to the highway, and all of a sudden the car stalled. I could not accelerate, and a semi was going to hit the back of my car because I got out there in front of him and then I can't move. So to avoid the accident, I darted of the highway unto the shoulder with the dismay of the truck driver. The information in the left corner gave "performance reduced". I didn't know what happened. So I had it towed, and without finding anything the first day, they found that it was the electronic throttle module. So I had to pay over $1000 to get this fixed. This was back in March, and now I am having the same problem. I am not going to pay another $1000 for the same thing. I almost got into an accident and I already paid over $1000 to get it fixed, and now I have to come out of pocket again only 4 months later. This is horrible, and Volvo should recall all the cars with this electronic throttle module. I have almost got into an accident several time because of the result of this defect. I refuse to get it fixed, because Volvo will not pay for it. I have had it replaced once before, and it is still doing the same thing. Volvo needs to take care of this, because it is obviously a defect on their end. Please help to get this fixed. I don't have another $1000 to get this fixed every three to four months!!!

- Westmont, IL, USA

problem #12

May 302005

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
I was driving on I-75 interstate and when I went to pass a vehicle in the left lane I felt a sudden loss of power in my engine. I then had to cut across 4 lanes of expressway traffic to get my car onto the shoulder. Then my car stalled out. Whenever I restarted it, it would stall back out again. The auto shop told me that I needed to replace my electronic throttle module, mass air flow sensor, and gas pedal sensor costing me well over $2000. (the old parts are at my house, I've kept them).

- Clawson, MI, USA

problem #11

Nov 162004

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,918 miles


2001 Volvo S80. Vehicle stalled/died and lost power due to throttle body failure. The throttle body and gasket have been replaced three times to alleviate the stalling problem.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #10

Jul 012005

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,067 miles
The consumer stated that the vehicle stalled / died and lost power. The engine was missing, and when the gas pedal was pressed the car wouldn't accerlate. The car would only get up to about 20-40 mph. Consumer was going about 70 and the car lost power. The driver was able to drive the car to the dealership, they said the electronic throttle body failed. The dealership replaced it and charged the consumer $883 for the parts and labor.

- Oak Park, IL, USA

problem #9

Jul 232005

S80 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 73,950 miles
The consumer was experiencing engine stalling. The dealer replaced the electronic throttle module.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #8

May 012002

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,590 miles
The battery was defect. The transmission failed. Three times while driving in heavy traffic the vehicle stalled. Each time the consumer was able to into a parking area. Two of the three time the dealer replaced the mass air detector the third time the problem was identified as the electronic throttle sensor.

- Newport , NC, USA

problem #7

Jul 152005

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles
The vehicle is a 2001 Volvo S80. The consumer's daughter was driving the vehicle in traffic when it stalled in the middle of the freeway. She was able to get the vehicle to restart but when she put the vehicle into drive it went backwards. When the consumer got there he tried to get it to go forward and it went backwards. They called for a tow truck to take it to the dealer. When the consumer took it to the dealer they told him that it was the throttle body- ETM that failed. This was because the banjo fitting had carbon build up. The throttle body is covered by warranty. And the cleaning of the banjo fitting is not. The consumer feels that it should be part of the manufactures preventive maintenance. When he contacted the manufacture they told him that he could not speak to the people there that decide what is covered as normal wear and tear. The vehicle has not been repaired as of yet, although he does intend to have it repaired.

- Oak Hill , VA, USA

problem #6

May 072001

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Continuous problem with surging engine at idle. When stopped at a traffic light or coasting towards one, the engine surges unevenly inceasing the risk of an accident. I believe the cause is a faulty electric throttle module ETM. Dealer will on;Y replace a map sensor, but problem continues to exist.

- Pelham Manor, NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 202004

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Do to the failure of the electron throttle module my engine has a loss in RPM and dies during certian periods of driving. It is mainly as I come to a stop or when the engine tries to idle. This has happened a number of times. I've had the engine trouble-shooted from failed spark plugs, to failed fuel injectors, but it turns out that the ETM was the problem. As the engine dies, all power steering is gone as well as hydrolic breaks. I've had the engine die on me twice in the middle of a turn and I've almost been in accidents both times because the wheel wouldn't turn do to loss of steering pressure. The engin also surges sometimes while stopped. This abrupt increase in RPM moves the car forward and has the potential of causing a rearend collision. I have read many online forums about this ETM by that manufacture on Volvo vehicles. I would like to strongly encourage there to be a recall on item. I understand why it would be desirable to use electrol throttle, but this defective part has a risk to cause loss of life.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 252004

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,850 miles
The throttle control module on my 2001 Volvo S80 went bad and the car immediately powered down and was not drivable. I was going up a hill on a road without a shoulder and with a blind curve and had to sit there for several minutes before I could start the car again and proceed. This placed my wife and myself in a very dangerous position. My understanding from the dealer is that this could have happened on the interstate and would have left the car powerless as well. In my discussions with the dealer and with an independent Volvo service facility the throttle control module has been replaced on several of the S80 vehicles. It appears that this may be a design flaw or that the part has a very limited lifetime. Since the failure of the module could occur at any time it seems like this should be a recall item and should be replaced on all S80S at not cost to the consumer.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #3

Aug 012003


  • 30,000 miles
As the consumer was pulling away from curb at 3 mph vehicle suddenly accelerated without touching the gas. Brakes were not functional, and vehicle shot through three intersections before the emergency brake was pulled. Mechanic informed the consumer that mass air flow sensor was faulty.

- Mars, PA, USA

problem #2

Jun 192003

S80 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
Electronic throttle on 2001 Volvo S80 failed as I attempted to pass someone. Engine was programmed to shut down completely. I was left speeding down the freeway at 70mph without steering!

- Wall, NJ, USA

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