hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
261,607 miles

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2004 Volvo XC70 fuel system problems

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2004 Volvo XC70 Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 012016


  • 1,250,000 miles


The problem is this happened to my Volvo too see recall below..it is not right that only certain VIN had the recall when my fuel pump is cracked too! this seems to be a defect on all 2004 Xc70S and not just vehicles in the South. When I found out about the problem, I googled it and 100S of complaints are on blog sites. The government needs to demand Volvo recall all 2004S with this problem. In Michigan we have extreme temps in weather too! gas fumes were leaking in my backseat where the kids sit. Someone could have died! I want a recall on all Volvo's having this problem. Volvo needs to take care of all the cars not just some of them. Doing the ones only in the South is a joke! even my mechanic couldn't believe it. The NHTSA is suppose to protect all consumers! here is the recall that my vehicle was not part of but its the same issue and problem: Volvo is recalling certain model year 2001-2005 S80, model year 2001-2004 V70, S60, XC70 and model year 2003-2005 XC90 vehicles sold in or registered in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and the U.S. territories. When exposed to certain environmental conditions (hot climate and temperature cycling) over time and in combination with varying fuel quality, the fuel pump can develop cracks in the fuel pump flange.

- Caledonia, MI, USA

problem #7

Nov 212016


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volvo XC70. The contact stated that a fuel odor emitted inside and outside the vehicle. The odor was noticed after the vehicle was refueled; however, there was no visible fuel leak. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09V483000 (fuel system, gasoline). The failure mileage was 56,000.

- Potomac, MD, USA

problem #6

Sep 232015


  • 153,294 miles
I smelled gasoline fumes in car when the car was in motion, on a city street, and immediately took car to my Volvo mechanic. They told me it was a cracked fuel pump. Cost me $723.55 out of pocket to repair. Bought the car on 02/14/2015 and this repair was on 09/24/2015; just over seven months of ownership! I researched, and saw there was a recall on this issue, and called Volvo about it. Volvo said they would not honor recall notice on my car because I was not located in one of the states specified in the recall notice. Totally unfair!! obviously, this problem occurred in my Volvo in the state of Colorado, which has temperature fluctuations from below 0deg F to over 95deg F throughout the seasons. I am very unhappy and feel I am not the only Volvo owner who has run across this geographical disparity contained in Volvo's recall notice. I want a reimbursement, and, although my mechanic is not a Volvo dealer, he has been in business for over 25 years, and specifically works on Volvo vehicles only. I purchased the vehicle from pedersen Volvo in fort collins, co, on February 14, 2015, and the service manager chris said he also would contact Volvo for assistance. They were unable to help me as Volvo maintained the stipulation of vehicle geographical area. My repair mechanic is carl duke Volvo repair, fort collins, Colorado.

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #5

Aug 152016


  • 114,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Volvo XC70. The contact noticed an abnormally strong fuel odor coming from the vehicle. In addition, when he attempted to start the vehicle, it hesitated. The ignition would turn over, but the vehicle would not start. The contact had to turn off the vehicle and depress the accelerator pedal a few times before the vehicle would start. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 09V483000 (fuel system). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure issued an extended warranty, but the vehicle was not included. The failure mileage was 114,000.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #4

Feb 022016


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volvo XC70. The contact stated that while parked, there was a strong fuel odor emitting from the rear of the vehicle. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 200,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Houston, TX, USA

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problem #3

Jul 292015


  • 13,000 miles
About 2 weeks ago, I suspected fuel leak in my car. It is garaged. I did not take it seriously as it was on and off - at least in my detection. I took it to a mechanic anyway - and he performed inspections and "tightened retaining ring for left side sender" and asked me to "watch" for any further incidents. On Tuesday this week I filled glass to the brim in hopes of knowing more about this leak issue and left in my garage overnight. On Wednesday morning when I opened my garage door to leave to work, the fuel stench was intense. I moved my car out from my garage and noticed a small puddle of fuel on the driver side rear. Without understanding the risk I was getting into, I drove the car to work - luckily with no incidents. Called my mechanic and he rightfully suggested me to tow it to his shop - which I did. He called later and said that I have a hairline leak on the "sender line" and I need to replace the entire fuel pump unit - and said it would cost me $880 [L&P] - of course, with Volvo parts. I just completed it this morning - and just have driven my car out from the shop [he replaced just the driver side fuel sender unit - at a cost ~$575]. back home, I was researching and came across a recall notice from Volvo for this same issue. Unfortunately I did not get any notice of this recall - but was told by the Volvo rep [when I called them] that this issue has been addressed on my car earlier during a regular dealer inspection. She asked me to file my case again - and currently awaiting a response from Volvo. I am disappointed - not much about the cost but the risk that I put myself and my family into - without knowing or being aware of this recall notice. Of all the car manufacturers, I would have expected Volvo to let us know about this - as safety is [apparently] synonymous with their brand name.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 302015

XC70 5-cyl

  • 128,560 miles
Found out today that my car has a crack in the fuel pump after smelling gas the last few days. There was a recall for 2001-2005 XC70's (Jan. 2010) where the fuel pump can develop cracks in the flange when exposed to hot temps and (thermal cycling) combined with varying fuel grades. Checked with the dealer and was told Connecticut was not one of the states covered by this recall. Why not and have there been other complaints from states not covered in the original recall. A car fire can be a definite result of this fuel leak and should be covered in all states.

- Niantic, CT, USA

problem #1

Mar 152013


  • 178,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volvo XC70. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled numerous times. The check engine light illuminated while the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the mechanic to have a diagnostic performed. The failure was located at the fuel pump. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 178,000 and the current mileage was 182,000.

- Estill , SC, USA

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