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Volvo C30 Problems

Brakes -- Verified

The parking brake may be hard to release. Our technicians tell us that adjusting the parking brake cable will generally correct this issue.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The keyless entry system may stop working due to a loss of synchronization with one or more remotes. Our technicians tell us re-synchronization may be only a temporary solution, the keyless entry receiver may need replacement to correct this concern.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

A knocking noise may be noted from the front suspension, commonly caused by damaged lower control arm bushings. Our technicians tell us the bushings or control arm should be replaced as necessary to correct this concern.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

The express-up windows may reverse direction when closing, this is commonly caused by misalignment of the window glass or lack of lubrication of the window guides. Aligning the glass and lubing the window guides should correct this concern.

Volvo C30 Recalls (Recent)

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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Suspension & Steering, June 14, 2010

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The shifter on a manual transmission may be loose where it mounts to the assembly. A loose shifter may present a loss of shifting and vehicle control. Dealers will re-torque the shifter lever assembly to the correct specification. This recall began on June 14, 2010. The Volvo recall number is R227.

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Suspension & Steering, July 1, 2008

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Some vehicles have a power steering return hose that may rupture because a section was not vulcanized properly. If the hose ruptures, there would be a rapid loss of power steering fluid and loss of power steering assist, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and replace the steering return line assembly. The recall began July, 2008. The Volvo recall number is 201.

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Volvo C30 Questions and Answers

Visitor, 2008 Volvo C30, 2.5L 5 Cylinder Turbo, Chapel Hill, NC

My volvo has 48,000.I am on my second set of pirelli tires.There is cupping on the inside fronts.I thought I had rotated enough.Is a bent part possible or do I just need an alignment with a new set...

tecee, 2009 Volvo C30, 2.5L 5 Cylinder Turbo, Arlington, TX

i have an error msg on the car saying key battery has low voltage time to replace

sundri, 2013 Volvo C30, 2.5L 5 Cylinder Turbo, Narberth, PA

I am concerned about finding parts and future trade-ins etc

c30trouble, 2009 Volvo C30, 2.5L 5 Cylinder Turbo, Great Barrington, MA

On several occasions when the car was sitting 36 - 72 hours the battery was totally drained. I had the battery replaced six months ago and the problem has re-occurred 3 times since. All equipment ...

nicole love, 2010 Volvo C30, 2.5L 5 Cylinder Turbo, Tacoma, WA

It sounds like the rear anti roll bushes

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Volvo C30 Reviews

this has been agreat car except for the ac does not get cold enough as all my other cars did

I have 28,000 on my C30. While the gas milage average is 29+ the road noise is getting imbearable. The dealer says my tires are cupping. They did not give me a reason as to why. The car is fun to drive, but I hate to have a passenger. With in minutes on the highway they are asking what the noise is. Most educated guess is bearing problems. On my way back to the dealer again. Will keep you posted. This really is a fun car to drive, but I think its days are numbered.


A unique look and style that gets lots of attention. The five cylinder, front wheel engine has lots of pep. The car excellerates well uphill in 6th gear. Braking is good and handling is crisp. The only things that are disappointing are: the cup holder is too close to the parking brake and the stick shift. The other is the rear storage area requires an optional cover which is rather pricey. Otherwise, the car is a terrific deal for the price. Give it a try. It's fun to drive.

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