The automatic transmission may develop shifting problems and/or the Check Engine Light may illuminate due to internal component failure and/or software issues. It is always best to be sure the transmission control module has the latest software installed when any major transmission repair is performed.
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2001 Volvo S60
2001 Volvo S60 Problems
It is not uncommon for the exterior light bulbs to burn out prematurely. No repair option has been reported other than replacing the failed bulb.
Front upper strut mounts may wear prematurely, resulting in loud noise from the front of the vehicle when going over bumps.
The anti-lock brake system (ABS) warning light and/or other dash warning lights may illuminate due to a failed ABS Control Module. Replacement of the failed module is generally required to correct this concern.
Front and/or rear sway bar end links may wear out prematurely, causing a knocking noise from the front or rear of the vehicle when driving on bumpy roads. Our technicians recommend inspecting the links at each service, they should be replaced if any looseness is found.
2001 Volvo S60 Recalls (Recent)
Summary: CERTAIN PASSENGER CARS FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 225, "CHILD RESTRAINT ANCHORAGE SYSTEMS." THE SECOND ISOFIX GUIDE WAS NOT INSTALLED IN THESE VEHICLES AND, IN CERTAIN CASES, THE OWNER¿S MANUAL ISOFIX INFORMATION IS INCORRECT.Learn more »
Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, A COMBINATION OF THROTTLE POSITIONING SENSOR IRREGULARITIES, A DIRTY THROTTLE HOUSING, AND/OR INEFFICIENT SOFTWARE CALIBRATION MAY CAUSE A WARNING LAMP TO LIGHT AND THE SUBSEQUENT ONSET OF LIMP HOME MODES.Learn more »
Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, UNDER CERTAIN OPERATING CONDITIONS, SOME ELECTRIC COOLING FANS MAY OVERHEAT POTENTIALLY CAUSING HEAT DAMAGE AND, IN RARE INSTANCES, A FIRE IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT.Learn more »
Summary: ON CERTAIN VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF ARIZONA AND NEVADA, DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF FUEL QUALITY AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS, THE FUEL PUMP MAY, IN CERTAIN CASES, EXPERIENCE A REDUCED FUNCTIONALITY. THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS WOULD BE FUEL ODOR.Learn more »
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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. If cracks develop, a fuel smell and/or leak may be noted. Any fuel leak always increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will inspect and replace the fuel pump as necessary to correct this concern. The Volvo recall number is R220.
2001 Volvo S60 Questions and Answers
I have worked on this vehicle several times. Keep getting 700 & 740 trouble codes. Have cleaned throttle body, rebuilt transmission and replaced harness that feeed thermister. Any suggestions
car is making a creaking noise rolling over bumps etc .. left front end. Was told we may have to replace bushings etc..
i have a leak occurring at the seal of my radiator. do i need to replace the entire radiator?
if my cv boot cover needs replacing should i replace the axle too?
2001 Volvo S60 Reviews
I had a volvo S60T5 with the five speed manual. Until i werecked it in a car/truck accident it was stupendous. Loved it. No issues of any kind. I replaced it with an automatic V70 t5, which has been a constant headache. nothing but a money pit, and "ll never buy another.
Its strange what a difference a manual transmission will make.
From mile 0 to mile 178,000 my 2.3 liter T5 has been one of the best cars I've ever owned. It has great acceleration when needed, but gets almost 30 mpg on the highway. The only bad experience was when the Ford-inspired throttle body had to be replaced in year 3. I sent it off to college with my daughter this year and bought a new 2012 S60RT6 AWD... after a few months I'm not convinced I have the better car. The 3.0 liter powerplant isn't as zippy as the 2.5 liter in the early "S60R" versions, undoubtedly more influence by Ford. I may have to switch cars with her when she comes home for Christmas.
Volvo S60 T5
Nice car with a lot of small issues that cost a lot.
This car now has 144k on it. This is what anyone buying a used one absolutely needs to know. 1) If the timing belt has not been changed at the recommended 105k miles it will be a $500-$600 repair. These have to be done on schedule so this is one of the first questions you should as (there should be a sticker in the engine compartment telling you when it was last done). 2) But just as important is the ETM (Electronic Throttle Module) which has a 94% fail rate at 100,000 miles and usually all fail soon after. This is a $1000 repair and much controversy surrounded this part due to the fact that everyone has had an issue with it AND due to the price of the repair. It was so problematic that Volvo quietly extended the warranty for this part to 10 years/200k miles (http://vexedvolvo.org). I found this out, luckily, before my car's time expired and have already been to the dealer to confirm that Volvo will pay for this repair, do not buy this car unless you know you can get it replaced by Volvo under the warranty or that it has been fixed already and the software upgraded. 3. If these cars have not had regular maintenance you are asking for trouble. At 144k my tranny is still functioning fine but have heard nightmares of the automatics failing. No one can tell me why but many experts have told me to keep the original tranny fluid in the car as changing it sometimes is worse than keeping the original in if it is working fine at this higher mileage. I took the center cup holder lid off and called it a day, not worth replacing and how often does anyone keep it closed anyway? This car is small, about the size of a 1999-2005BMW 3 series so the back seat is best for short trips and kids. Front seats are amazing. The 2.4T is quick too. Handling is OK, not great, not awful. It isn't a BMW and with the used car prices you can get one for 3-4k less so it is worth it due to the overall safety, front wheel drive traction, and nearly as good build quality. I think the 3 Series is more reliable however. Each car is unique but be prepared to spend money to keep this car on the road. If you don't have a local Volvo specialist or alternative to the dealer you will be raped so be warned. My dealer is 100 bucks an hour, the guy I found who specializes here is $65. I also buy all my parts online and save 50% on average so it is well worth the effort and I recommend FCPGroton as they free ship for big orders. If you can find a cheap, dealer maintained car where the timing belt and TCM have been addressed go for it. Stay away from beaters they aren't worth it.