really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,331 miles

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2001 Volvo V70 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #58

May 292013

V70 5-cyl

  • 128,000 miles


I started the car, placed the car in drive gear and idled through the parking lot traffic to the intersection but the car would not accelerate through the intersection though the condition restored after I pulled over and turned off the ignition and restarted it. Then the accelerator functioned normally.had a semi truck been coming along, I would not be here to write you this letter.

- Grass Valley, CA, USA

problem #57

Mar 012012

V70 5-cyl

  • miles
2001 Volvo V70. Consumer writes in regards to repairs under recall notice EA05021 the consumer stated the problem of the vehicle surging forward had been undiagnosed several times by mechanics. The consumer also stated at the time of purchasing the vehicle, the dealership did not disclose the recall and she never received a notice about the recall. The vehicle was also taken to the dealer due to a malfunction with the security system.

- Milton, DE, USA

problem #56

Apr 012010


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volvo V70. The contact stated that when traveling at various speeds, the vehicle would jerk abnormally and experience a deceleration of between 10-20 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where repairs were performed under NHTSA campaign id number: 06V441000 (vehicle speed control).the fsailure persisted and no further repairs were performed. The failure mileage was 130,000 and the current mileage was 135,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #55

Jan 302007


  • 98,788 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volvo V70. The contact stated that while attempting to accelerate and merge into traffic from an on-ramp, the vehicle lost abnormally power. The vehicle was towed to the local Volvo specialist who performed a diagnosed that located the failure at the throttle body. The Volvo specialist reprogrammed the software but advised the throttle body would need to be replaced. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired for the same failure under NHTSA campaign id number: 06V441000 (vehicle speed control). The vehicle was not further repaired. The manufacturer was contacted but denied assistance with the repair. The failure mileage was 98,788 and the current mileage was 180,000.

- Herndon , VA, USA

problem #54

Aug 232010


  • 103,876 miles
This is a major safety hazard. Engine surged to approximately 2000 RPM while stopping for a traffic light, car was placed into neutral, car stopped and engine subsequently died. Engine was re-started and vehicle continued to operate with no caution/ warning lights visible. During attempt to drive vehicle on the following day, the vehicle would not accelerate beyond 20 mph. The performance reduced warning light was then visible.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #53

Apr 022010


  • 115,000 miles
Computer reprogrammed 2 years ago and car is now "surging" forcefully when attempting to stop. Electronic throttle module (ETM) identified as cause. Volvo refuses to cover under conditions of recall which requires replacement of ETM. Reason for refusal, my car was found to be a " salvage vehicle". in light of safety issues are they required to help me ?

- Middletown, CT, USA

problem #52

Nov 012008


  • 95,000 miles


My 2001 Volvo V70T has been lunging forward during low-speed driving maneuvers and has had vehicle hesitation upon acceleration. The dealership, nalley Volvo in atlanta has had my car for almost a month. Volvo was involved in a lawsuit which led to a recall.recall campaign number:06V441000. My car received the software upgrade a few years ago but my symptoms are exactly what the recall was for. Volvo and dealer ship said until they receive a hard code they wont do anything except replace transmission or trade in my car for new one. Upon research I found many others having the same issue even car going into limp mode and also had the software update. I shouldn't have to wait until my car goes into limp mode while traveling on the interstate for Volvo to fix this defect.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #51

Nov 192008


  • 75,455 miles
I have a 2001 Volvo V70 and I was driving South on I-95 when the car failed to accelerate, just went limb, I tried to accelerate and nothing happened, the car behind almost hit me and the same with the 2 behind him. This is the second time something like this happen, that me along with my family are exposed to such a danger. The first time I checked the recalls and took it to the dealer where they supposedly fixed what was wrong, 8 months after the mentioned repair the car is doing the same but now with worse consequences because now I am so afraid to drive that just thinking about it makes me tremble. The Volvo dealer do not want to be responsible and dot says that just when big accidents happen they can do something. I wondered if my family would be dead right now, who would be filing this complaint?..it is just not acceptable that a dealership or the dot fail to act would cost not just mine, but any family their lives. M

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #50

Sep 262007

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,917 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volvo V70. While driving 10 mph, the vehicle began to surge without warning. The contact took the vehicle to an independent Volvo shop and they stated that there was an ETM code of ecm91A7. They advised him to take the vehicle to an authorized Volvo dealer because of NHTSA campaign id number 06V441000 (vehicle speed control). The contact took the vehicle to power Volvo and they performed a diagnostic, which confirmed that there was an ETM failure. Volvo North America has not given their consent to the dealer to perform the recall repair. The contact spoke with Volvo and they stated that the previous owner already had the recall work performed. The contact stated that there is a warranty on the part for 200,000 miles/ten years and Volvo agreed. The current and failure mileages were 84,917.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #49

Oct 092007

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,917 miles
I own a 2001 Volvo V70 T5 and had an independent Volvo shop bring up code ECM 91A7 which is an ( ETM ) recall and warranty issue. (carb) has increased an additional 10 years and or 200,000. Warranty on the ETM. My independent shop erased the code but kept a print out of the failure. Power Volvo in cerritos California own mechanic and service manager agree that the ETM is exhibiting all the issues with the ETM concerns. North american Volvo can't warranty the module until it shows a code for the ETM. They want me to drive it until it shows the code again. I do not want to drive it since NHTSA wrote that in certain traffic situations, this condition could cause an unsafe situation and possibly a crash.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #48

Aug 082006


  • miles


I own a 2001 Volvo V70 .. and have had repeated experiences with the vehicle either stalling while in gear and / or "surging" forward while at a stop with the brake pedal depressed... the vehicle has been brought to an authorized Volvo repair shop and to the dealer for these problems a minimum of 4 times upon the return of my vehicle to me the vehicle exhibited the same problems.. the most recent event having taken place on 08.08.06 at this most recent incident I had my two granddaughters in my vehicle and I believe that this event put all our lives in danger.. this is definitely a safety issue / hazard ! I placed a call to the dealership only to be given the "run-around" from jon, tony, and gloria... jon burnham suggested that I let them have my vehicle to drive until the "problem" is duplicated.. gloria masterly said I should not take my car to my local Volvo approved repair shop... that I should have it towed to them, instead both thru asc at no charge... and at my expense numerous times> tony rivas told me that he had to make a call and that he would get back to me... no one got back to me... nor has anyone issues with the magnate marelli ETM and am appalled at the devil may care attitude that Volvo is taking towards this whole affair I bought Volvo because of their reputation for safety ! I am now afraid to drive my car... and am receiving no assistance from any Volvo advisors or representatives I am nearly 80 years old.. and would hate to lose what years I do have left to an avoidable problem which may very well take my life

- La Habra, CA, USA

problem #47

Jun 022006

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,667 miles
On 6/2/06 I was driving on the freeway ( at about 60 mph), and suddenly my car slowed down and I could not accelerate, fortunately I was in the right hand lane and able to exit the freeway and slowly move to the side of the road, a warning light was on stating" engine performance reduced". I turned off the ignition and waited a few minutes. I restarted the engine and the warning light was not on, however, I was very concerned and called the dealer and was told to bring the car in. The car was a little hesitant at first but I was able to drive slowly on side streets, to the dealer. He kept the car overnight and diagnosed a problem with the ETM, he cleaned the ETM and downloaded new software. It was $20 for the parts and $307 for the labor! I have not had a recurrence of this problem with the ETM. However, I have become aware of numerous complaints about this ETM and spoke to the service department at my dealer, who had never mentioned it to me, and had never offered to check or clean the ETM before this happened. He was aware of the ETM failures. I asked about the extended the warranty Volvo has put in place on the ETM but the dealer says that is only for service after the cleaning is tried once. This means I will have to have another dangerous failure of the system before they will replace and pay for the service! I feel that Volvo should have warned the car owners about this possible problem and should give the warranty to all their cars.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #46

May 042006

V70 5-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 67,276 miles
On the way to an appointment my wife was driving our Volvo V70 T5 on a major highway when suddenly the car lost power and a message stating "performance reduction" was visible on the console. The car felt like it was about to stall at any minute and was only able to be driven at 20 mph. She was able to pull the car over to the hard shoulder but as she was about to enter a section where road works had removed any hard shoulder she decided to stop and call for help. We arranged for a tow truck to pick the car up and take it to our nearest Volvo dealer. When we arrived there and explained what had happened the first question asked by the service rep was "have you had the ETM recall performed ?" I stated that we were not aware of any recall and had not received any letter from Volvo of North America. 2 days latter once the car had been diagnosed by the dealer it was discovered that it had been caused by an ETM/ECM failure. The replacement part number was 30785453. I also spoke with Volvo of North America and was informed that there was no recall but a warranty extension on that particular part. I asked why I had not received a letter yet concerning it and was informed that they we still in the process of sending them out. Since then I have discover evidence that the letter was available since November 2005.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #45

Jul 172003


  • miles
ETM cleaned & adjusted at 48,474 miles for stalling and engine surging: 10/13/03 ETM replaced for stalling; 4/13/05 engine surging diagnosed as ETM at 79,386, 4/27/05 software update to correct surging, did not help. 5/26/05 ETM replaced for surging idle and trans banging into gear, also software updated; 4/24/06 ETM software upgrade for engine surging and being in limp home mode twice [S.mch from E-mail]

- Aloha, OR, USA

problem #44

Mar 162006

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,400 miles
Electronic throttle module failed on 2001 Volvo V70 T5 at 75,400 miles. Failures of this component are common due to poor design of ETM. Vehicle goes into "limp home" mode at unpredictable times. Most recent failure was as my wife was merging with traffic onto freeway. From 55 mph vehicle suddenly lost power and reduced speed to 20 mph in traffic!. my wife crept over to the shoulder and called a tow truck.

- Claremont, CA, USA

problem #43

Mar 272006

V70 5-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Failure of "electronic throttle module (ETM)". loss of power while driving with no advanced warning or other indication immanent failure. Car went into "limp home mode" which provides enough power for the vehicle to be driven, but because the engine management computer attempts to keep a fixed, somewhat above idle, throttle setting, releasing the throttle does not result in engine braking as normal for a manual transmission vehicle. Neither situation, loss of power or loss of throttle control, is acceptable and could cause an accident. The sudden loss of power nearly resulted in my being rear ended, luckily the driver behind me reacted quickly enough to avoid hitting me. The dealer installed new software in the ETM in an attempt to rectify the problem.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #42

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 #41

Jan 092006

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
My wife was on one of the busiest freeways in southern California during rush hour traffic, when our 2001 V-70 began missing and losing power. By the time she limped home to the next off ramp, she was traveling at approximately 20 miles an hour, in traffic moving nearly 60 miles an hour. Obviously, this created a significant safety hazard for my wife and other travelers. She was able to drive the car to the dealer, calabasas Volvo, at about 20-30 miles per hour. At the dealer, she was informed that the gas pedal linkage required replacement at approximately $300 (copy enclosed), and that the ETM would be cleaned. I had already found information on the web that showed cleaning was ineffective, and the likelihood of continued safety risk. In fact, the information on the web explained that Volvo has agreed to an extension of the warranty on this part to 200,000 miles or 10 years. I, frankly, was stunned that a car manufacturer would acknowledge such a fundamental design flaw and commit to such a long period of time for replacements for the effective life of the car. It appears that someone at Volvo does recognize that the ETM failure could cause injury or even death of the vehicle operator and occupants. I called the service department and urged them to replace the ETM. To my absolute surprise, they explained that Volvo has directed dealers to clean first, replace later, although they agreed that the ETM would probably fail within a short period of time. Now my wife is much nicer than me, and since I had some discussions with the calabasas Volvo service department regarding their incompetence with the fan recall, they chose to give her the car back after the cleaning and she accepted it. Within two miles, the car was experiencing the exact same symptoms that it had earlier in the day. In other words, Volvo policy has placed my wife and family at risk of death or injury.

- Encino, CA, USA

problem #40

Dec 262005

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Warmed up car for 2 minutes; drove 2 miles to drug store--let engine idle while wife in the store; drove.1 mile and engine began acting very erratic! sputtering and stalling and no engine power car died into parking lot; very light traffic in midtown allowed me limp car to drop family at transit station and left Volvo at office.3 miles away; after returning from vacation car ran ok--check engine lights still on + two urgent error messages. Dealership refused to replace ETM despite the check engine light being on.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #39

Jun 152005

V70 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated while driving the vehicle lost speed. When stopping at a stop sign or at a red light the engine stalled. She contacted the dealership, and they said the throttle module needed to be replaced. Also, she contacted the manufacturer. They stated this problem was under investigation. No repairs have been made.

- Bayville, NJ, USA

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