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2003 Volvo S60

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2003 Volvo S60 Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

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.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

Front upper strut mounts may wear prematurely, resulting in loud noise from the front of the vehicle when going over bumps.

Brakes -- Verified

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.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

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.

2003 Volvo S60 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., December 19, 2003


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Electrical & Lights, November 5, 2010

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Volvo is recalling all models equipped with Garmin 760 Portable Global Positioning System units because the battery may overheat, which could lead to a fire. Volvo advises owners to stop using the Garmin device immediately and consult the Garmin website to determine if they have a defective unit. The unit's battery will be replaced and a spacer inserted to prevent the problem from reoccurring. This will be performed free of charge.

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Engine, June 29, 2007

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The fuel pressure sensor may at times transmit an incorrect signal to the engine control module. If the signal is outside of the pre-programmed allowable limits, the Check Engine Light can illuminate and a fault code will be stored. An engine misfire and/or engine stalling may occur. In certain traffic situations, this could cause an unsafe situation and possibly a crash. Dealers will replace the fuel pressure sensor to correct this concern. The Volvo recall number is R181.

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Engine, January 15, 2010

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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.

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2003 Volvo S60 Questions and Answers

Joan L, 2003 Volvo S60, w/o Turbo, Chicago, IL

I was unable to locate this problem in your estimate section. Please advise total cost of parts and labor to replace right front seat safety belt. Thanks.

Joan L, 2003 Volvo S60, w/o Turbo, Chicago, IL

Is it preferable to have a cracked windshield replaced by the dealer or a glass shop that will do the job at my home? What is a reasonable cost? Thanks.

Nabes, 2003 Volvo S60, Turbo, Raleigh, NC

There is a strong gasoline odor with our 2003 S60. Does anybody else have this issue? I believe there was a TSB issued about the aux tank, but wasn't sure if that could be the source.

puckelton, 2003 Volvo S60, w/o Turbo, Warminster, PA

How do you replace fuel tank door hinge?

puckelton, 2003 Volvo S60, w/o Turbo, Warminster, PA

When car is running the clock is also running continus thru all the numbers.If it does stop only for short time before it starts again.

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2003 Volvo S60 Reviews

After purchasing my '03 Volvo @ 110,000 mi,it wasn't but a few weeks that the air bag warning light came on & could not be reset. A new cluster needed to be installed. Although i've been satisfied with the comfort in the ride,I agree with most S-60 owners that even the lil thing's are expensive and a local import mechanic is the best option, the dealer ONLY for emergency or recall because they will always find something. I'm here today because the Volvo is in the shop after the motor just shut down,I could smell fuel fumes,I've looked up fuel issues and there was a recall on the fuel system & fuel pump in 2005. The Ethanol sux,try to use fuel additives and 93 or 94 octane..

This is the worst car I ever had .
The car is paid off, but every month I spend money on repairs, as well as to pay for a new car.

Auto transmission no shift after engine start for about 1 minute

Apparently these vehicles have issues with the turn signals and the radio, but at 100k, things are going to begin to not operate correctly. Don't neglect you spark plugs, allowing them to remain in the vehicle for excessive mileage can end up leading to ignition coil failures, and ignition coils are not exactly cheap.

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