2008 Volvo XC70 electrical NHTSA complaints: Electrical System

NHTSA — Electrical System Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,876 miles

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2008 Volvo XC70 electrical problems

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2008 Volvo XC70 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 092011


  • 55,000 miles


Am radio quiet working several years ago. I complained to Volvo of America and I've lodged a complaint previously with NHTSA reguarding the safety factor with the radio not locking onto any am station. It is my concern that in the event of a national emergency I would not be able to receive the alert. I am, also, not able to tune to local area station for emergency traffic reports. My vehicle, with this problem, is not of an isolated condition. I have checked with a Volvo dealership and the person hearing of my problem stated that it is a common, and expensive, situation that has plagued Volvo cars. Numerous statements from fellow Volvo owners have made the same complaint on computer websites. Thank you for your time and assistance. The date below is only an estimation or a guess.

- Big Bear City, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 032012

XC70 6-cyl

  • 63,627 miles
Submitting complaint based on 2008 Volvo XC70 recall #184/SRS software upgrade 2008 XC70. Volvo Corp & local Volvo dealerships are unable to confirm the specific VIN, mileage, date completed, & place of servicing of recall #184 on my Volvo; specific VIN completion details of recall are necessary for insurance coverage to drive vehicle per my insurance company. Was told to not drive vehicle on 01/28/12 & 01/30/12 by insurance company until specific details are provided & submitted in writing from us to insurance company as noted above to my vehicle. SRS airbag warning lights appear upon starting car at random times, turn off, or appear for no reason at all; was told problem was due to disconnecting & cleaning battery on 01/03/12, specifically NHTSA/ODI safety complaint id #10442559. Dealer ran $130 diagnostic check for codes (to be reimbursed upon completing repair from dealership as noted on dealership invoice of estimated repairs from 01/03/12) on 01/05/12 & codes determined it was related to unhooking battery cables to clean as per complaint #10442559. Paid for repairs on 01/05/12, was refused by dealership $130 diagnostic check fee reimbursement, even though it's documented on estimate invoice that diagnostic fee would be reimbursed from 01/03/12. Dealer stated SRS airbags lights would not appear again as of 01/05/12. As of 01/27/12 the last time vehicle was driven per insurance company to not drive, SRS airbag codes appear randomly & intermittently. Volvo Corp & local Volvo dealerships are refusing to do recall #184 as they say it has "been completed" although there are no specifics to VIN# relationship, mileage, date complete, & place completed; all other recalls & warranty repairs on all documents (with exception to recall #184) have specific VIN number, mileage, date complete, & place completed documented. This complaint is similar to ODI id #10211353.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #1

May 112009

XC70 6-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
Battery failure caused by open low current short. If Volvo followed manufacturer specifications upon routine maintenance inspections inclusive of any non-routine electrical faults and attempted repairs in these years in question, and if Volvo followed proper maintenance repair procedures, this unknown problem which could be life threatening to maintenance technicians, owners, and passengers, would not be an issue every day that this is installed improper risks the lives of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of Volvo car owners from years prior to 2011. An immediate recall of all years prior to 2011 is warranted so the only way to correct this problem without endangering the lives of the public. One independent car dealer found it necessary, upon receipt of this information, to immediately correct this problem with all Volvo's on his lot so he would not endanger the public.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

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