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Volvo V70 XC Volvo Extends Warranty on ETM Due to High Failure Rate

Volvo V70 XC Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Average Mileage: 137,000 mi (80,000 mi - 172,000 mi)


The electronic throttle module (ETM) has a higher than normal failure rate. There is a possible extended warranty and/or a software upgrade offered by Volvo for this problem.

  • i throttle the gas and nothing happens..

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  •  Rookie

    I had the same problem and on my car the TPS fixed the problem. I found that on my 2001 xc v70 it is hard fixed to the throttle body. I went to a gunk yard and replaced the entire throttle body. That fixed my issue. Rather than spending $200 to $500 I spent $100.

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  • Visitor, , 136,000 mi

    Going up hills while holding the throttle at a constant pressure, the engine surges, then slows down, over and over and over until the top of the hill. Getting worse...I fear immanent failure soon. And Volvo only will replace if the car is under 10 years old. Which is ludicrous as ALL of these Volvo's will fail.

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  • Visitor, , 160,000 mi

    ETS light comes on, power declines, acceleration unavailable (car goes about 30mph)- turn car off for about 10 minutes and it goes back to normal... until the next time it does it. dreading the repair cost :(

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  •  Rookie

    rpm drops from 9000 to 5000 and sometime stalls while in traffic.

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