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Volvo V50 repairs by problem area

Engine (29%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (9%)

Other (7%)

Chart based on 230 repairs.

Volvo V50 engine repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (50%)

< $100 (13%)

Chart based on 32 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2008 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 227hp 2.5L I5 5-speed shiftable automatic FWD

4960 mi

$540
Rotary starter (ignition) control unit (SCU) would not go back to 0 (zero) after each driving trip. Had to alternate switch position betwn II & III for 10 to 20mins before it can go back to 0 if not the car batt will go flat. 

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2008 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

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

106000 mi

US $95
leaking radiator overflow canister 
122000 mi

US $590
Replaced alternator 
128000 mi

US $663
Replaced spark plugs and coil packs 

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2007.5 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

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

58560 mi There was a leak on 1 diesel injector. They replaced all gaskets and holders on all 4 injectors. They also replaced the hose from airfilter box to the turbo. I paid for the hose. 

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2007 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual FWD

109740 mi

€1800
Heater (glow) plugs were blown. When we went to remove them the tips broke away from the body and were inside the engine. The head had to be removed to remove them. Also the catalytic converter was blocked. 

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2007 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

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

46500 mi Breather box had been squealing for several weeks before check engine light came on. Replaced under warranty at 45,000 mile service. 
28520 mi

C $75
Check for PCV hose leaking or plugged, factory TSB. Regular oilchange also done at this time. 
41540 mi Had a check engine light pop up. Took it to a Part Source and they scanned the car for free. Gave me the code that came up for the engine light. Googled it and it was the oil trap. Volvo TSB.. put in a new one for free with oil change.  

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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 FWD

119000 mi Was brought in for a timing belt replacement, and a check engine light. In addition to the belt replacement, car needs a turbo boast valve,  and a coolant overflow reservoir. Approx cost $2000 - $2500. I'll be trading it in! 

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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 mi 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 mi 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 mi 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 mi

US $498
Ignition-key module failed, unable to remove key. 

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2006 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual FWD

107260 mi

€1500
Replacement of clutch (normal for this mileage)and dual mass flywheel (probably also reasonable to have to replace this with the mileage). 

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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 mi 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

53300 mi

US $300
Check engine light required a fuel pressure sensor replacement 
149700 mi

US $800
fuel pressure sensor had 3 failing reads on engine light coolant resevior was cracking on top with potential to leak 
620 mi Software update; MK: originally also reported battery with bad cell, but batteries excluded 
139300 mi

US $5200
Timing belt skipped a tooth causing bent valves and damaged pistons. Mechanic suspected foreign object jammed the belt. 
150000 mi

US $330
Coolant reservoir tank cracked on top causing small fluid leak. 

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2006 Volvo V50 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 134hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 6-speed manual FWD

126000 mi

£292
battery completely flat tryed to start with power pack not enough power then immobiliser see manual warning came on car then made no attempt to start had to take to volvo for reset of the whole ECM system. i did replace the battery first. 

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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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2005.5 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

168-horsepower 2.4L I5 5-speed manual FWD

115000 mi

£500
Replaced timing belt and water pump (genuine Volvo parts). 

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2005 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 218hp 2.5L I5 6-speed manual FWD

115000 mi

US $900
Needed to replace spark plugs/cables, ignition coil, and CVT solenoid. 
116000 mi

US $565
Replaced motor mounts 
118000 mi

US $425
Fuel pressure sensor failing 
136500 mi

US $2900
Replaced clutch & DMF Flywheel. Lining wore out. But replacement required replacing the DMF flywheel at same time (surprisingly expensive). 
88000 mi

US $300
Accelerator pedal assembly sensor sending bad readings. Vehicle would go no faster than 10 mph. 
89000 mi

US $36
Gas cap intermittently showing "not sealed." Replaced cap. 
90300 mi

US $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 mi

US $385
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 mi 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. 
103000 mi

US $300
ECM was cutting out the turbo boost. 
126000 mi

US $2102
timing belt, water pump, accessory belts, battery 
131000 mi

US $75
fuel pressure sensor was bad 

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2005 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

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

142600 mi

C $170
Plastic coolant reservoir cracked. Car spewed coolant everywhere. Had it replaced and flushed the coolant fluid. 
143840 mi

C $1300
Had to replace rad, coolant expansion tank, a fan, a bunch of hoses. Car was overheating. 
185000 mi

US $600
Check engine light came on and vehicle subsequently failed the State of MD Emissions test, 599.75. 
210000 mi

US $40
replaced spark plugs 
86800 mi

C $100
Very small radiator leak. Replaced radiator. 
102300 mi

C $35
PCV return hose decayed. Replaced with a new one made from rubber instead of plastic. Design issue. 
133920 mi

C $1500
Intake manifold and cam shaft seal replaced 
142600 mi

C $100
Replaced broken fuel sensor. 

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2005 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

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

70000 mi

US $150
Had to replace the fuel pressure sensor as the car was hesitating and then the check engine light came on. This was a recall for the same part in other Volvos 
96300 mi

US $80
Passenger side motor mount was broken causing a clunking noise in the front end that every mechanic thought was suspension related. 

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2005 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 177hp 2.4L I5 Diesel 6-speed manual FWD

207700 mi

€120
Overflow coolant tank was cracked. 

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2005 Volvo V50 4dr Wagon

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

72000 mi

US $200
Replaced fuel pressure sensor 
54500 mi

US $67
fuel line fell off - repaired myself 
87800 mi

US $250
reload software for radio and window issues - misdiagnosed engine code costing $200 for maf sensor 
125000 mi Failure of a piston connecting rod, requiring replacement of engine block assembly.  
125000 mi Sold to mechanc with engine cylinder rod failure. The original repair quote was $7k from the Volvo dealer, and $5k from our local shop. The car was in great shape, otherwise.  
67980 mi

C $1100
Replaced fuel pressure sensor, battery and spark plugs 
38000 mi Replaced MAF sensor. 
117500 mi

US $830
Leaking heater core replaced with new OEM part and new OEM hoses. 

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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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