really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,504 miles

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problem #5

Oct 292010

S40 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volvo S40. The contact stated that while driving, the vehicle suddenly caught fire. The fire department extinguished the fire and the vehicle was destroyed. The vehicle had not been inspected for the cause of the fire. The current and failure mileages were approximately 86,000. Prior to the fire, the water pump and timing belt were replaced. Updated 04/19/11

- San Fransico, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 102008


  • 82,524 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volvo S40. While driving approximately 45 mph, the check engine warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The following day, the vehicle would not start. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that a coolant flush was needed. The repairs were performed on the vehicle. A month later, the contact started the vehicle and smoke appeared. She noticed a leak coming from the radiator. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that a new engine and radiator were needed. The manufacturer was not notified and the vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was 83,000 and failure mileage was 82,524. Updated 10-29-08

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #3

Sep 112008


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volvo S40. Shortly after purchasing the vehicle, and driving at any speed, there was excessive vibration inside the passenger compartment. The failure occurred mostly while idling and has progressively worsened over time. The dealer stated that there were no failures with the vehicle and the vibration was typical. Recently, the vehicle was taken to a Volvo specialist and he diagnosed that the motor mounts needed to be replaced. The current mileage was 75,400 and failure mileage was 36,000.

- Long Beach, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 212005

S40 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,500 miles
Consistent engine problems with 2001 Volvo S40 resulting in engine delays, idling, pausing, over heating and burning while on the freeway and at both accelerated (65 mph) and residential (35 mph) speeds.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #1

Aug 022005

S40 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,498 miles
I have a 2001 Volvo, model S40. During the last six months, I've experienced a stalled car engine -- especially when the car is idling at a stop light. When the stall happens, I must floor the accelerator to restart the engine again. This problem is the same as those already reported to the NHTSA for other Volvo models for the years 1999 to 2001.

- Edina, MN, USA