really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,100 miles

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problem #9

Feb 202012

S40 4-cyl

  • miles
I purchased a Volvo for their reputation on safety. So why does our Volvo have an acceleration problem" I could be at a stop light and the car revs up to 2000 RPM's and starts to go with my foot on the brake with me almost hitting the car in front of me then when we first start up the car the brakes don't work" the car still rolls. What's going on with Volvo their making me think their just as bad as Toyota!

- Walnut, CA, USA

problem #8

Sep 012011


  • 146,400 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volvo S40. While attempting to park at approximately 1 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact was able to remove the key from the ignition to shut the engine off yet the failure recurred intermittently and the vehicle accelerated up to 80 mph. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and suggested that the vehicle be taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics or repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 146,400.

- Staunton, VA, USA

problem #7

Sep 152010


  • 125,000 miles
My 2001 Volvo S40 has accelerating on it's own, whether it is in park, drive or neutral mode. This has been happening on and off but most recently for the past two weeks. My mechanic has not been able to resolve the issue. Very dangerous situation.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #6

Aug 212009


  • 90,000 miles
I'd like to report unintended acceleration in my Volvo S40. It started last summer and occurred sporadically until winter and has not occurred since then. No repairs were made during this time and I have not taken it to the dealer. Several times last summer I experienced sudden acceleration that required extra hard breaking to make the car come to a complete stop. The car seemed to be giving itself gas even while I was braking to come to a stop, requiring that I press the brake extra hard. This problems sounds similar to what we are hearing in the news about Toyota.

- Hillsborough, NC, USA

problem #5

Nov 162006

S40 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle lost power while driving 50 mph and entered the limp home mode. The vehicle was taken to a private repair shop, who was unable to determine the problem. The manufacturer was also notified. There was a NHTSA recall #06V441000, which pertains to the vehicle speed control. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Patoka, IN, USA

problem #4

Aug 052005

S40 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle lost power at any speed during acceleration. There were no warnings prior to the failure. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer, who could not identify the cause of the problem.

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Apr 012002

S40 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The vehicle experienced sudden acceleration, while the brake was applied. The consumer had to shut off the engine, to stop the vehicle.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 112001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer put vehicle in drive and vehicle took off. Consumer hit a telephone pole while trying to avoid hitting another vehicle.

- Burgenfield, NJ, USA