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VOLVO S40 - 2005 VOLVO S40 Problems & Complaints

 
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by Volvo Cars of N.A., LLC

There are 47 complaints filed for the 2005 VOLVO S40

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2005 VOLVO S40. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2005 VOLVO S40, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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UNKNOWN OR OTHER

6/15/2014 - EAST MEADOW, NY
(S40 2.4I) INITIAL CAR MESSAGE: "BRAKE FAILURE, PULL OVER SAFELY." I CONTINUED TO DRIVE HOME SINCE I WAS A FEW BLOCKS AWAY. MESSAGE CHANGED TO "ANTI SKID SERVICE REQUIRED" THEN BACK TO BRAKE FAILURE AGAIN. DIFFICULTY ACCELERATING AFTER STOPPING, FELT LIKE THE PARKING BRAKE WAS ON BUT DROVE OK ONCE ACCELERATED. ATTEMPTED TO TURN OFF CAR BUT MESSAGE CHANGED TO "IMMOBILIZER, CHECK MANUAL" AND COULD NOT TURN KEY TO OFF POSITION. FROM WHAT I READ IN THE MANUAL, IT APPEARED THAT THE CARD DIDN'T RECOGNIZE IT WAS IN PARK. TURNED PARKING BRAKE ON AND OFF A FEW TIMES AND WAS ABLE TO TURN OFF CAR. BROUGHT TO LOCAL MECHANIC WHO REPLACED BRAKE PAD SENSOR AND ANTI-STOP SWITCH. --IN AND OUT OF AUTO REPAIR SHOP 4X OVER THE PAST MONTH W/THE SAME ISSUES AND NEW SYMPTOMS: WIPERS TURNED ON AUTOMATICALLY AND DON'T SHUT OFF AND NEW MESSAGE: ENGINE SYSTEM SERVICE URGENT. --MECHANIC REPLACED SOME RUSTED WIRES, BROUGHT TO A VOLVO DEALER WHO RESET COMPUTER AND DID NOT FIND ANY PROBLEMS. --STILL HAVING SAME ISSUES. CANNOT PUT CAR INTO DRIVE OR TURN OFF CAR WHEN BRAKE FAILURE OR ANTI-SKID MESSAGE APPEAR BUT IF I WAIT A FEW MINUTES, I CAN TURN THE CAR OFF AND ON A COUPLE OF TIMES TO GET TO THE ENGINE SYSTEM SERVICE URGENT MESSAGE AND I CAN THEN PUT IT INTO DRIVE. SOMETIMES ALL MESSAGES GO AWAY AND IT IS FINE FOR A FEW DAYS BUT THEN THE CAR JERKS FORWARD AS IF SOMEONE BUMPED THE CAR AND ALL MESSAGES APPEAR AGAIN. NEW MESSAGE: POWER STEERING MESSAGE FLASHED BRIEFLY .. ALTHOUGH THERE WAS NO PROBLEM W/THE STEERING. BRINGING TO ANOTHER VOLVO DEALER.. THE SAGA CONTINUES. --I READ PRIOR CONSUMER COMPLAINTS ON THIS SITE AND I ALSO HAD THE SUNROOF LEAKAGE PROBLEM IN 2013. ENTIRE FLOOR OF CAR WAS SOAKED, ESPECIALLY PASSENGER SIDE. TOOK 3 VISITS, WEEKS AND $900 TO GET IT FIXED. VOLVO FIRST CLEANED OUT THE CLOGGED LINE BUT CARPETS WERE WET AGAIN SO THEY THEN REPLACED THE ENTIRE LINE.

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SERVICE BRAKES

6/15/2014 - EAST MEADOW, NY
(S40 2.4I) INITIAL CAR MESSAGE: "BRAKE FAILURE, PULL OVER SAFELY." I CONTINUED TO DRIVE HOME SINCE I WAS A FEW BLOCKS AWAY. MESSAGE CHANGED TO "ANTI SKID SERVICE REQUIRED" THEN BACK TO BRAKE FAILURE AGAIN. DIFFICULTY ACCELERATING AFTER STOPPING, FELT LIKE THE PARKING BRAKE WAS ON BUT DROVE OK ONCE ACCELERATED. ATTEMPTED TO TURN OFF CAR BUT MESSAGE CHANGED TO "IMMOBILIZER, CHECK MANUAL" AND COULD NOT TURN KEY TO OFF POSITION. FROM WHAT I READ IN THE MANUAL, IT APPEARED THAT THE CARD DIDN'T RECOGNIZE IT WAS IN PARK. TURNED PARKING BRAKE ON AND OFF A FEW TIMES AND WAS ABLE TO TURN OFF CAR. BROUGHT TO LOCAL MECHANIC WHO REPLACED BRAKE PAD SENSOR AND ANTI-STOP SWITCH. --IN AND OUT OF AUTO REPAIR SHOP 4X OVER THE PAST MONTH W/THE SAME ISSUES AND NEW SYMPTOMS: WIPERS TURNED ON AUTOMATICALLY AND DON'T SHUT OFF AND NEW MESSAGE: ENGINE SYSTEM SERVICE URGENT. --MECHANIC REPLACED SOME RUSTED WIRES, BROUGHT TO A VOLVO DEALER WHO RESET COMPUTER AND DID NOT FIND ANY PROBLEMS. --STILL HAVING SAME ISSUES. CANNOT PUT CAR INTO DRIVE OR TURN OFF CAR WHEN BRAKE FAILURE OR ANTI-SKID MESSAGE APPEAR BUT IF I WAIT A FEW MINUTES, I CAN TURN THE CAR OFF AND ON A COUPLE OF TIMES TO GET TO THE ENGINE SYSTEM SERVICE URGENT MESSAGE AND I CAN THEN PUT IT INTO DRIVE. SOMETIMES ALL MESSAGES GO AWAY AND IT IS FINE FOR A FEW DAYS BUT THEN THE CAR JERKS FORWARD AS IF SOMEONE BUMPED THE CAR AND ALL MESSAGES APPEAR AGAIN. NEW MESSAGE: POWER STEERING MESSAGE FLASHED BRIEFLY .. ALTHOUGH THERE WAS NO PROBLEM W/THE STEERING. BRINGING TO ANOTHER VOLVO DEALER.. THE SAGA CONTINUES. --I READ PRIOR CONSUMER COMPLAINTS ON THIS SITE AND I ALSO HAD THE SUNROOF LEAKAGE PROBLEM IN 2013. ENTIRE FLOOR OF CAR WAS SOAKED, ESPECIALLY PASSENGER SIDE. TOOK 3 VISITS, WEEKS AND $900 TO GET IT FIXED. VOLVO FIRST CLEANED OUT THE CLOGGED LINE BUT CARPETS WERE WET AGAIN SO THEY THEN REPLACED THE ENTIRE LINE.

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

6/15/2014 - EAST MEADOW, NY
(S40 2.4I) INITIAL CAR MESSAGE: "BRAKE FAILURE, PULL OVER SAFELY." I CONTINUED TO DRIVE HOME SINCE I WAS A FEW BLOCKS AWAY. MESSAGE CHANGED TO "ANTI SKID SERVICE REQUIRED" THEN BACK TO BRAKE FAILURE AGAIN. DIFFICULTY ACCELERATING AFTER STOPPING, FELT LIKE THE PARKING BRAKE WAS ON BUT DROVE OK ONCE ACCELERATED. ATTEMPTED TO TURN OFF CAR BUT MESSAGE CHANGED TO "IMMOBILIZER, CHECK MANUAL" AND COULD NOT TURN KEY TO OFF POSITION. FROM WHAT I READ IN THE MANUAL, IT APPEARED THAT THE CARD DIDN'T RECOGNIZE IT WAS IN PARK. TURNED PARKING BRAKE ON AND OFF A FEW TIMES AND WAS ABLE TO TURN OFF CAR. BROUGHT TO LOCAL MECHANIC WHO REPLACED BRAKE PAD SENSOR AND ANTI-STOP SWITCH. --IN AND OUT OF AUTO REPAIR SHOP 4X OVER THE PAST MONTH W/THE SAME ISSUES AND NEW SYMPTOMS: WIPERS TURNED ON AUTOMATICALLY AND DON'T SHUT OFF AND NEW MESSAGE: ENGINE SYSTEM SERVICE URGENT. --MECHANIC REPLACED SOME RUSTED WIRES, BROUGHT TO A VOLVO DEALER WHO RESET COMPUTER AND DID NOT FIND ANY PROBLEMS. --STILL HAVING SAME ISSUES. CANNOT PUT CAR INTO DRIVE OR TURN OFF CAR WHEN BRAKE FAILURE OR ANTI-SKID MESSAGE APPEAR BUT IF I WAIT A FEW MINUTES, I CAN TURN THE CAR OFF AND ON A COUPLE OF TIMES TO GET TO THE ENGINE SYSTEM SERVICE URGENT MESSAGE AND I CAN THEN PUT IT INTO DRIVE. SOMETIMES ALL MESSAGES GO AWAY AND IT IS FINE FOR A FEW DAYS BUT THEN THE CAR JERKS FORWARD AS IF SOMEONE BUMPED THE CAR AND ALL MESSAGES APPEAR AGAIN. NEW MESSAGE: POWER STEERING MESSAGE FLASHED BRIEFLY .. ALTHOUGH THERE WAS NO PROBLEM W/THE STEERING. BRINGING TO ANOTHER VOLVO DEALER.. THE SAGA CONTINUES. --I READ PRIOR CONSUMER COMPLAINTS ON THIS SITE AND I ALSO HAD THE SUNROOF LEAKAGE PROBLEM IN 2013. ENTIRE FLOOR OF CAR WAS SOAKED, ESPECIALLY PASSENGER SIDE. TOOK 3 VISITS, WEEKS AND $900 TO GET IT FIXED. VOLVO FIRST CLEANED OUT THE CLOGGED LINE BUT CARPETS WERE WET AGAIN SO THEY THEN REPLACED THE ENTIRE LINE.

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

5/18/2014 - HOLIDAY , FL
CAR STALLS WITH OUT WARNING WHEN TRAVEL AT SPEEDS OF 0-65 MPH VERY DANGEROUS!! THERE ARE RECALLS RE: FUEL PRESSURE SENSORS FOR NEARLY ALL VOLVO MAKES EXCEPT THE S40 2005 THIS PART IS TRULY A DEFECTIVE ITEM AND NEEDS TO BE RECALLED BEFORE A DEATH OCCURS ON THE HIGHWAY!! I THOUGHT VOLVO WAS A SAFE RELIABLE CAR BUT I CAN HONESTLY SAY THIS CAR IS THE BIGGEST PIECE OF JUNK I HAVE EVER SPENT A LOT IF MONEY ON. THE TIRES BLEW OUT ON THE SIDES WHICH ALSO PUT ME IN DANGER THE INTERIOR HEADLINER FELL OFF AS WELL AS ALL OTHER MATERIAL ON THE DOORS ALL LEATHER IS LOOSE GEAR SHIFTER COVER FELL APART. GAS CAP BROKE GAS BUILDS TOO MUCH PRESSURE LOOSENING THE GAS CAP FREQUENTLY THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE ISSUES I HAVE. VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS VEHICLE I KEEP MY CAR IN THE GARAGE. ONLY DRIVE TO AND FROM GROCERY SHOPPING AND DR APPTS PLEASE CONSIDER RECALLS ON THE IMPORTANT PARTS OF THE VEHICLE THAT CAN SAVE LIVES!

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ENGINE

5/18/2014 - HOLIDAY , FL
CAR STALLS WITH OUT WARNING WHEN TRAVEL AT SPEEDS OF 0-65 MPH VERY DANGEROUS!! THERE ARE RECALLS RE: FUEL PRESSURE SENSORS FOR NEARLY ALL VOLVO MAKES EXCEPT THE S40 2005 THIS PART IS TRULY A DEFECTIVE ITEM AND NEEDS TO BE RECALLED BEFORE A DEATH OCCURS ON THE HIGHWAY!! I THOUGHT VOLVO WAS A SAFE RELIABLE CAR BUT I CAN HONESTLY SAY THIS CAR IS THE BIGGEST PIECE OF JUNK I HAVE EVER SPENT A LOT IF MONEY ON. THE TIRES BLEW OUT ON THE SIDES WHICH ALSO PUT ME IN DANGER THE INTERIOR HEADLINER FELL OFF AS WELL AS ALL OTHER MATERIAL ON THE DOORS ALL LEATHER IS LOOSE GEAR SHIFTER COVER FELL APART. GAS CAP BROKE GAS BUILDS TOO MUCH PRESSURE LOOSENING THE GAS CAP FREQUENTLY THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE ISSUES I HAVE. VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS VEHICLE I KEEP MY CAR IN THE GARAGE. ONLY DRIVE TO AND FROM GROCERY SHOPPING AND DR APPTS PLEASE CONSIDER RECALLS ON THE IMPORTANT PARTS OF THE VEHICLE THAT CAN SAVE LIVES!

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SERVICE BRAKES

5/18/2014 - HOLIDAY , FL
CAR STALLS WITH OUT WARNING WHEN TRAVEL AT SPEEDS OF 0-65 MPH VERY DANGEROUS!! THERE ARE RECALLS RE: FUEL PRESSURE SENSORS FOR NEARLY ALL VOLVO MAKES EXCEPT THE S40 2005 THIS PART IS TRULY A DEFECTIVE ITEM AND NEEDS TO BE RECALLED BEFORE A DEATH OCCURS ON THE HIGHWAY!! I THOUGHT VOLVO WAS A SAFE RELIABLE CAR BUT I CAN HONESTLY SAY THIS CAR IS THE BIGGEST PIECE OF JUNK I HAVE EVER SPENT A LOT IF MONEY ON. THE TIRES BLEW OUT ON THE SIDES WHICH ALSO PUT ME IN DANGER THE INTERIOR HEADLINER FELL OFF AS WELL AS ALL OTHER MATERIAL ON THE DOORS ALL LEATHER IS LOOSE GEAR SHIFTER COVER FELL APART. GAS CAP BROKE GAS BUILDS TOO MUCH PRESSURE LOOSENING THE GAS CAP FREQUENTLY THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE ISSUES I HAVE. VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS VEHICLE I KEEP MY CAR IN THE GARAGE. ONLY DRIVE TO AND FROM GROCERY SHOPPING AND DR APPTS PLEASE CONSIDER RECALLS ON THE IMPORTANT PARTS OF THE VEHICLE THAT CAN SAVE LIVES!

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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

4/10/2014 - SCOTTSDALE, AZ
3 OF THE 4 DOOR LOCK ACTUATORS ON MY CAR HAVE STOPPED WORKING. THIS HAPPENED RIGHT AFTER THE WARRANTY EXPIRED. THE LOCKS WILL NOT LONGER LOCK OR UNLOCK. THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE. PLEASE LOOK AT REQUIRING VOLVO TO FIX THIS ISSUE. IT IS A KNOW ISSUE DUE TO FAULTY PARTS.

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VISIBILITY: SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY

4/2/2014 - PROVIDENCE , RI
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2005 VOLVO S40. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WATER WAS LEAKING INTO THE REAR PASSENGER SIDE FLOOR BOARD. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHERE THE TECHNICIAN DIAGNOSED THAT THE SUN ROOF LINES NEEDED TO BE CLEANED. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED AND THE FAILURE RECURRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 34,500 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 34,900. UPDATED 06/24/14 UPDATED 06/25/2014

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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

7/30/2013 - JACKSON, TN
MY CAR WAS MAKING A PUMPING NOISE FROM THE REAR OF THE CAR AND THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT WOULD COME ON. I TOOK IT TO A LOCAL MECHANIC AND THEY INFORMED ME OF THE PEM RECALL/EXTENDED WARRANTY. I TOOK THE CAR TO THE VOLVO DEALERSHIP TO HAVE REPAIRED AND THEY SAID THE PEM WAS NOT THE PROBLEM AND THAT IT WAS A FUEL PRESSURE SENSOR AND POSSIBLY THE FUEL PUMP ITSELF. I DECLINED THE REPAIR AND EXACTLY 2 WEEKS LATER THE CAR FAILED TO START. I HAD IT TOWED TO MY LOCAL MECHANIC SINCE I LIVE 70 MILES FROM THE VOLVO DEALERSHIP. MY MECHANIC REPLACED AND MOVED THE PEM TO A NEW LOCATION, WHICH WAS EXACTLY WHAT THE RECALL/EXTENDED WARRANTY WAS FOR! THE DEALERSHIP GAVE ME A FORM FOR REIMBURSEMENT FROM VOLVO, BUT VOLVO REFUSED TO PAY THE $634 THAT I PAID FOR THE REPAIR. THEY FIRST TRIED TO SAY IT WAS NOT A "GENUINE VOLVO PART" BUT I VERIFIED IT WAS. THEN THEY SAID SINCE I DECLINED THE REPAIR FOR THE FUEL PRESSURE SENSOR, THEY COULD NOT PAY! THE REIMBURSEMENT FORM IS FOR THE PEM AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FUEL PRESSURE SENSOR. SO THIS PEM BECAME FAULTY IN A 2 WEEK PERIOD? I THINK NOT! OBVIOUSLY VOLVO DOES NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR CARS AND I FEEL LIKE THEY LIED TO ME.

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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

7/30/2013 - JACKSON, TN
MY CAR WAS MAKING A PUMPING NOISE FROM THE REAR OF THE CAR AND THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT WOULD COME ON. I TOOK IT TO A LOCAL MECHANIC AND THEY INFORMED ME OF THE PEM RECALL/EXTENDED WARRANTY. I TOOK THE CAR TO THE VOLVO DEALERSHIP TO HAVE REPAIRED AND THEY SAID THE PEM WAS NOT THE PROBLEM AND THAT IT WAS A FUEL PRESSURE SENSOR AND POSSIBLY THE FUEL PUMP ITSELF. I DECLINED THE REPAIR AND EXACTLY 2 WEEKS LATER THE CAR FAILED TO START. I HAD IT TOWED TO MY LOCAL MECHANIC SINCE I LIVE 70 MILES FROM THE VOLVO DEALERSHIP. MY MECHANIC REPLACED AND MOVED THE PEM TO A NEW LOCATION, WHICH WAS EXACTLY WHAT THE RECALL/EXTENDED WARRANTY WAS FOR! THE DEALERSHIP GAVE ME A FORM FOR REIMBURSEMENT FROM VOLVO, BUT VOLVO REFUSED TO PAY THE $634 THAT I PAID FOR THE REPAIR. THEY FIRST TRIED TO SAY IT WAS NOT A "GENUINE VOLVO PART" BUT I VERIFIED IT WAS. THEN THEY SAID SINCE I DECLINED THE REPAIR FOR THE FUEL PRESSURE SENSOR, THEY COULD NOT PAY! THE REIMBURSEMENT FORM IS FOR THE PEM AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FUEL PRESSURE SENSOR. SO THIS PEM BECAME FAULTY IN A 2 WEEK PERIOD? I THINK NOT! OBVIOUSLY VOLVO DOES NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR CARS AND I FEEL LIKE THEY LIED TO ME.

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