hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,964 miles

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2001 Volvo V70 fuel system problems

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2001 Volvo V70 Owner Comments

problem #8

May 112010

V70 5-cyl

  • 136,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volvo V70. While driving approximately 55 mph the check engine light illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the check engine light was reset and the O ring seal was tightened in the fuel system. The contact experienced the failure again. The check engine light illuminated on the dashboard and there was a strong fuel smell coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken back to the same repair shop. The technician stated that there was a leak around the fuel system. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that there was a recall (NHTSA campaign id number: 09V483000, fuel system, gasoline:delivery:fuel pump) but the VIN was not included. The approximate failure mileage was 136,000. Updated 02/14/11 updated 02/22/11

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #7

Oct 022007

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,435 miles
Strong fuel odor at the rear of the vehicle. Three dealer visits, a new fuel pump and $800 later it is fixed. I have read numerous complaints on this issue. It concerns me greatly, as I bought the car with safety in mind, yet this matter has never been addressed across the board by Volvo.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #6

Jan 292008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,200 miles
Fuel smell at the rear of the car. Volvo dealership just called and said that the problem is a bad fuel pump. Cost is $876.77+tax to replace it. This seams to be a common complaint for the 2001 V70 cars. A recall was issued just for nv and AZ however, this should be extended to all owners of these vehicles. It is a safety issue especially those of us that have small children. That is why we purchase Volvo is for the proven record of the safety of the car. Please consider issueing a safety recall to replace the fuel pump.

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #5

Nov 302007

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles


I noticed a strong fuel smell and drops of gas on the floor, I took the car to my mechanic he said it was a fuel leak in the fuel pump. The fuel pump assembly and sending unit had to be replaced with new ones.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 202007

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,915 miles
2001 Volvo V70 T5 (1) recognized strong smell of gasoline in garage over period of 2-3 days. I inspected the vehicle after a short drive (5-6 miles) and discovered gasoline leaking from the gas tank area, staining the bottom of the tank and dripping onto the ground. (2) vehicle represented a safety and health hazard due to the leaking fuel. (3) vehicle was immediately towed to a local Volvo dealer service center and diagnosed with a "crack in top of fuel pump." The dealership "replaced faulty fuel pump (58R) observing no further leaks at this time" at owner's expense. Note: Further investigation by the owner revealed Volvo recall no. R176 (NHTSA recall # 07V152000) discovered faulty fuel pumps of the same type and manufacture on 2001-02 Volvo S60 sedans sold or registered in Arizona and Nevada. This is obviously a defective fuel pump, poses a threat to personal and public safety and I believe Volvo should accept responsibility for replacing these fuel pumps free of charge to vehicle owners and/or reimbursing replacement expenses.

- Yorktown, VA, USA

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problem #3

Nov 012007

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles
I own a 2001 Volvo V70. The fuel pump has started to leak causing a fuel smell and difficulty in starting. Volvo will apparently not acknowledge this problem.

- Nacogdoches, TX, USA

problem #2

Sep 282007

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,862 miles
Car began to leak fuel from top of fuel tank near exhaust. Investigation determined the fuel pump assembly developed a crack near fuel line connection, causing fuel leakage when system pressurized during operation. Dealer replaced entire fuel pump assembly.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 212007

V70 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,300 miles
(1) strong gasoline odor coming from the car. Took vehicle to Volvo dealer who claimed they could not discern any odor nor find any gas leak (they did charge a $95 diagnostics charge for the gas odor, and did manage to "find" multiple other service "requirements" during this visit). Picked up car and returned home with gasoline smell still apparent. (2) the following day the smell was so bad that the vehicle was barely drivable, and I was concerned about the safety hazard created by obviously uncontained fuel. Took the vehicle to local service station who confirmed the strong odor and investigated. (3) problem was isolated to a broken gas line internal to the fuel pump by the gas tank. Fuel pump was replaced and the problem was resolved.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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