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Volvo V50 Engine Problems

96 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Volvo V50. 31 of these members (32.3%) have reported engine repairs for their car. A total of 56 engine repairs to Volvo V50s--an average of 0.6 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Chart based on 190 repairs.

Volvo V50 engine repair cost distribution

Chart based on 29 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2007 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

168-horsepower 2.4L I5 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

28520 mi C $75 Check for PCV hose leaking or plugged, factory TSB. Regular oilchange also done at this time. 

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2006 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 218hp 2.5L I5 6-speed manual FWD

50000 mi   Bad oil filter gasket. 

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2006 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 218hp 2.5L I5 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

23000 mi   "Check engine" light came on. Don't know the cause, still don't, but whatever the dealer did turned it off. 
26000   Responded to recall for false check-engine light at the time we got such a light. ECU was re-flashed AND spark plugs were all replaced ("misfire cylinder 2" indication on OBD diagnosis). 
28000   Technician diagnosed #2 cylinder ignition coil faulty, new coil not in stock (odd for a large dealer), ordered part and told us we'd need to return for installation. Technician installed new #2-cylinder ignition coil. ( 
29000   CEL every few weeks, dealer baffled by cause, spent a week trouble-shooting this time and finally found a bad fuel-injector seal, bad since factory-new. 
48000 US $498 Ignition-key module failed, unable to remove key. 

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2006 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 109hp 1.6L I4 Diesel 5-speed manual FWD

34720 mi   check engine light 
35960   Check engine light comes on from time to time. Heater/Air condition does does not obey control panel. Worked for 3 days after repair trip, then ordered new repair. Car totaled before could fix. 

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2006 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

168-horsepower 2.4L I5 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

620 mi   Software update; MK: originally also reported battery with bad cell, but batteries excluded 

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2006 Volvo V50 4-door

5-cylinder automatic 2WD

79000 mi US $453 Breather box valve was broken. 

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2005 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 218hp 2.5L I5 6-speed manual FWD

88000 mi US $300 Accelerator pedal assembly sensor sending bad readings. Vehicle would go no faster than 10 mph. 
89000   Gas cap intermittently showing "not sealed." Replaced cap. 
90300   Pump bearing failed with a loud squeal / whatever at low RPM. Eventually, Check Engine light came on but since the sound was far less at freeway speeds I drove 300 miles to home and then to dealer with the failing / failed pump. 
110700   Engine warning light. Bad fuel pressure sensor. 

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2005 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 218hp 2.5L I5 6-speed manual AWD

27900 mi   Oil breather box issue - was part of an extended warranty item that was noticed when replacing the alternator. No cost fix. 
31200   Timing chain tensioner replaced under warranty - the warranty had expired, but it took the dealership several months (after replacing the belts first, then the alternator) to diagnose the problem. 

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2005 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

168-horsepower 2.4L I5 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

38000 mi   Replaced MAF sensor. 

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2005 Volvo V50 4-door

5-cylinder manual 2WD

17000 mi £25 Exhaust knocking against chassis on extreme left hand corners. New exhaust hangers fitted and exhaust realigned. 

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