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Volvo V50 Engine Problems and Repair Histories

Don't infer Volvo V50 problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Volvo V50 repairs by problem area

29% of the Volvo V50 repairs were to the engine, 6% to the transmission, 10% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 29% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 7% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 151 repairs.

Volvo V50 engine repair cost distribution

Of the Volvo V50 engine repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 15% cost less than $100, 54% between $100 and $499, 18% between $500 and $999, 7% between $1000 and $2499, and 7% more than $2500.

Chart based on 61 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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Repair costs are in local units.

2007 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

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

Volvo V50 in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 27900    
28520 75 Check for PCV hose leaking or plugged, factory TSB. Regular oilchange also done at this time. 
93620  

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2006 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 218hp 2.5L I5 6-speed manual FWD

Volvo V50 in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2007 25000    
50000 0 Bad oil filter gasket. 
 

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2006 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

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

Volvo V50 in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2007 16000    
23000 0 "Check engine" light came on. Don't know the cause, still don't, but whatever the dealer did turned it off. 
26000 0 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 0 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 0 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 498 Ignition-key module failed, unable to remove key. 
58000  

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2006 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

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

Volvo V50 in Norway
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2009 29140    
34720 0 check engine light 
35960 0 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

Volvo V50 in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2007 0    
620 0 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

Volvo V50 in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008 78000    
79000 453 Breather box valve was broken. 
 

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2005 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 218hp 2.5L I5 6-speed manual FWD

Volvo V50 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2006 20000    
88000 300 Accelerator pedal assembly sensor sending bad readings. Vehicle would go no faster than 10 mph. 
89000 36 Gas cap intermittently showing "not sealed." Replaced cap. 
90300 630 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 385 Engine warning light. Bad fuel pressure sensor. 
111000  

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2005 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 218hp 2.5L I5 6-speed manual AWD

Volvo V50 in British Columbia, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2007 10540    
27280 0 Oil breather box issue - was part of an extended warranty item that was noticed when replacing the alternator. No cost fix. 
0 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

Volvo V50 in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2007 33000    
38000 0 Replaced MAF sensor. 
 

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2005 Volvo V50 4-door

5-cylinder manual 2WD

Volvo V50 in Great Britain
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2007 13000    
17000 25 Exhaust knocking against chassis on extreme left hand corners. New exhaust hangers fitted and exhaust realigned. 
 

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