really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,295 miles

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2001 Volvo V70 engine problems

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2001 Volvo V70 Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 052008

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volvo V70. While driving 30 mph, radiator fluid saturated the driver side floorboard underneath the accelerator pedal. The dealer stated that the seals or heater core could have caused the failure. As of April 8, 2008, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 86,000.

- Ofallon, IL, USA

problem #5

Jul 012004


  • miles
2001 V70 did not shift properly and clunked in and out of gear. Consumer was told that the stabilizer motor mount was faulty. The throttle body, cam shaft sensor and vacuum boost sensor needed to be replaced.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 032005

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Volvo, 2001 V70 - VIN [xxx] this specific vehicle is unreliable and unsafe. Since purchased new, car has had multiple system failures leading to various unsafe driving conditions including brake system failure and engine failure (including loss of braking and steering systems). Manufacturer has acknowledged unusual nature of this particular vehicle quality defects - concerned that car must be taken off road to avoid serious crash. Please advise. Updated 07/17/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Menlo Park, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 142005

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,013 miles


On 14 Oct 05 as I turned off a major interstate highway in richmond, va my 2001 Volvo V70 T-5 began running really rough and a red warning triangle illuminated and I received a message warning me that the engine was not operating properly. It cleared after I stopped and restarted the car and I was able to return half way to charlottesville before it started running rough again. It continued to cycle between normal operation and rough running until I reached the Volvo dealer in charlottesville. On 18 Oct 05, the dealer, Volvo of charlottesville, informed me that I needed a new electronic throttle module and replaced it at a cost of $916.32. I looked on the web to find out exactly what an ETM is and discovered the case against Volvo concerning ETM failures. This is a used car that I purchased in oct04 so I have no way of telling if this has happened before.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #2

Sep 212005

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,759 miles
I was driving 65 miles per hour and my vehicle began to slow down. I got a "reduced performance" warning, and my speed reduced gradually. I took my car to the dealer and he stated that this was not a recall item eventhough I had heard of it happening to other Volvo owners on the news broadcast. This is unsafe and how can many people have the same problem.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated the vehicle stalled while driving without any warning signs. The electronic throttle module (emt) was replaced, but this did resolve the problem. Contact tried to notify the manufacturer but did not succeed. Contact called the Volvo dealership and they were aware of this problem. The problem was worked on before she purchased the vehicle.

- Greenfield, MA, USA

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