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2009 Volvo C30 repairs by problem area

Engine (18%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (20%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (21%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (18%)

Other (18%)

Chart based on 85 repairs.
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2009 Volvo C30 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (5%)

$500 - $999 (12%)

$100 - $499 (18%)

< $100 (63%)

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Chart based on 60 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 Volvo C30

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel automated manual 2WD

Volvo C30 in Great Britain
Oct 2009 - Jun 2011
Nov 2009

4000 mi
Heater motor packed up after 3000 miles, had to be replaced 

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2009 Volvo C30 4-door

5-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo C30 in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2009 - Apr 2012
Oct 2010

21680 mi
Loss of brakes upon startup in the morning, brakes back to normal after starting the car again. Dealer will be replacing a part (unknown details at this point). Driver side seatbelt lock sticky, cleaned by the dealer. 
Mar 2011

27280 mi
One of the horns wasn't working - replaced. 
Aug 2011

32000 mi
Passenger seat would not recline, stuck in upward position. Recline mechanism replaced. 

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2009 Volvo C30 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 227hp 2.5L I5 6-speed manual FWD

Volvo C30 in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2009 - Dec 2012
Feb 2011

37700 mi
Rear Passanger seat back came loose during normal use with seat back down. 
Mar 2011

39000 mi
New seat back cover put in place. Works fine now. Volvo did seem to upgrade the material used on the unseen side of the part to a stiffer fabric. Not a common issue with this car. 
Feb 2012

55000 mi
Weight sensor in passanger seat for air bag deployment stopped working, TSB. 
Jun 2012

61000 mi

US $450
Evaporation Pump started to fail - paramiters could not be widened to get more life. Had to replace pump. 
Nov 2012

68300 mi

US $5
Seat back recline knob stripped on of the prongs inside. Replaced knob. 
Volvo C30 in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2009 - Apr 2016
Apr 2009 trim piece in B-pillar that guides seatbelt was malformed. 
Sep 2009

7000 mi
Seat slides on track too easily and won't stay forward when trying to access rear seats. Loose trim covering side airbags. Exhaust rattle in center of car when driving rough roads. Only occurs once in a while. Lower corner of windshield is cracked. Wanted Manager to look at it when I come in for parts to be replaced on another item. Ending up denying. Hardly noticeble and unlikely to spread, so not fixing it. GPS bracket was broken. Replaced. Complained about a front end noise. Seems there is a TSB on it. Parts ordered, need to return for repair. Fog lights not aligned properly. Sometimes stalls on initial start. Fairly rare, not surprised they couldn't replicate. 
Oct 2009

7000 mi
Was told that the Regional Manager noticed the same problem in a car he drove for a while and consider the issue 'normal'. BS! Parts replaced, no more odd noises from the front. 
Dec 2009

11000 mi

US $170
Check Engine light came on and remained on for an extended period of time. Purchased a Code Scanner to determine the fault. Discovered fault was multiple misfires. Reset to see if transient - no repeat. 
Aug 2012

49000 mi
Came home from vacation of 7 days and the battery was stone cold dead. Put the car on the charger for 8 hours. Car then ran fine, but reported "Alarm Service Required". This message vanished after a long road trip. 
Sep 2012

50000 mi
Battery was dead after several times leaving the car for 3 and 7 days. Figured the battery was failing. Reprogrammed the Sirius radio which had a TSB that referred to draining power. No idea if this will work. Need to leave car. 
Jul 2013

61700 mi

US $100
Turbo control valve started to act up. Replaced with an aftermarket design that is better built and relocated to a more protected location. 
Jan 2016

60200 mi

US $725
Felt vibration in a turn. Driver's CV was well worn, passenger just starting. Had both rebuilt. 
Volvo C30 in Alaska, United States
Apr 2009 - Mar 2015
Jun 2009

1000 mi
Upon delivery, driver's side headlamp washer cover loose (Don't know when problem arose bet. factory and dealer). The dealer ordered a replacement that day. They forgot to paint it b4 the install so I had to come back twice to get it installed. 
Volvo C30 in California, United States
Jan 2011 - Sep 2012
Jan 2012

34300 mi
B-pillar interior trim deformed. Still making some noise. 
Mar 2012

31000 mi
B-pillar interior trim deformed 
Volvo C30 in Washington, United States
Dec 2008 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

20600 mi
Faulty Tire-Pressure Sensor was giving misreads on need for air, discovered when "tire pressure low" message came up and car was brought in to replace a broken valve stem. 
Volvo C30 in Washington, United States
Aug 2008 - Mar 2018
Apr 2014

57500 mi

US $600
The hub began to wear out and caused the wheel to rattle loose. This caused damage to lug studs. 
Oct 2015

72000 mi

US $400
Drive belts wore out and needed replacing Sirius radio computer was draining battery 
Volvo C30 in Washington, United States
Oct 2008 - Apr 2016
Dec 2012

55000 mi

US $550
Prematurely worn CV boots 
Volvo C30 in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2008 - Jun 2011
Dec 2010

23560 mi
replaced leather seat cover 
Volvo C30 in Tennessee, United States
Jun 2009 - Aug 2013
May 2011

37000 mi
AC was cooling, but not as well as expected. Dealer replaced leaking fill valve & refilled refrigerant 
Volvo C30 in Connecticut, United States
Nov 2008 - Jun 2018
Apr 2009

15000 mi
Drivers window creaks when partially open Passenger airbag off warning light would not go out when adult of adequate weight sitting in it. 
Aug 2014

179300 mi
fluid motor mount deflated 
Mar 2016

224000 mi

US $200
radiator reservoir leak. Reservoir replaced. 
Sep 2017

261000 mi

US $1600
Breather box clogged, oil forced out cam seals. Cleaned the breather, replaced the cam seals, timing belt and pulleys. 

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2009 Volvo C30 2dr Hatch

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

Volvo C30 in Texas, United States
Mar 2016 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

67000 mi

US $100
Replaced right front strut 
May 2018

87000 mi

US $400
Replaced upper rear control arms to correct a camber problem and 4 wheel alignment 
Volvo C30 in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2015 - Jun 2018
May 2018

46000 mi
Drain tubes from sunroof leaking. Removed A pillars, smaller tube that sits inside larger tube(1/2” max overlap) separated causing leak to interior, installed 1/4” ID 2” long copper tube into smaller tube (snug fit) and inserted into larger tube, no more leaks. 
Volvo C30 in Florida, United States
Jul 2013 - Apr 2018
Mar 2018

88000 mi

US $2200
vibration upon accelleration. motor mount  and both front axles were replaced 
Volvo C30 in Idaho, United States
Mar 2017 - Jul 2018
Apr 2017

100000 mi

US $800
Engine PCV oil breather box replacement. Timing belt, water pump 
Jul 2018

120000 mi

US $222
kept draining the battery [alternator] 
Volvo C30 in Arizona, United States
Jul 2009 - Nov 2010
Dec 2009

3000 mi
parking brake stuck, first time i was able to get it back down and into the dealer. they claimed to service it, though nothing was done. Later that month it stuck again and i had it towed to the dealer. They replaced my parking brake. 
Volvo C30 in Brunei Darussalam
Jun 2011 - Apr 2020
May 2013

4340 mi

Gear shift rubber sleeve protecting the gear shift from dust sliding under the pedestal was torn. Could not use manual shift i.e + (plus) & - (minus) as the movement into manual shift was hindered. 
Jun 2014

4960 mi

Rear (lower) stabilizer link worn. Replaced both sides. 
Jun 2017

6200 mi

Rear Anti Sway Bar Link Bushings Replaced 
Jul 2019

6820 mi

Replaced Rear Anti-Sway Bar Bushings L/R 
Volvo C30 in Maryland, United States
Jun 2009 - Dec 2012
Jul 2011

27700 mi
Suspension Squeak. Gasket replaced.  
Volvo C30 in Texas, United States
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Jan 2010 Manual seat intermittently does not return to the set position after rear passenger entry. The mechanic had no remedy and since it was intermittent, he left it alone. 
Volvo C30 in Washington, United States
Jan 2009 - Jul 2015
Sep 2011

22000 mi
stuck seat latch,service dept lubed the assy for operation of tilt function for access to back seat  
Volvo C30 in California, United States
Dec 2008 - Jun 2018
Jan 2009

3700 mi
Salt water damage noted on customer's initial inspection at OSD pickup. Parts ordered at dealer, repairs done after parts came in. 
Jul 2009

2000 mi
Salt water damage to several parts in engine bay 
Nov 2009

3000 mi
Nov 2010

7000 mi
AM radio inop. Did update. 
Nov 2011

11300 mi
Thump at times from drivers door. No fault found. Couldn't duplicate at this time. 
Jan 2012

12000 mi
Tow in, dead battery. Replaced battery under wty. 
Apr 2017

36000 mi

US $1400
Replaced overflow tank. Also repaired rodent damage and performed scheduled service ($441.71). Total was $2,500. 
Jul 2017

36000 mi

US $2550
rodent damage 
Volvo C30 in New York, United States
Dec 2009 - Mar 2014
Mar 2014

11000 mi

US $139
top bracket/bushing of right front strut cracked 
Volvo C30 in Maryland, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2018
Feb 2014

28000 mi
Apparently windshield seal failed. Original special trim/seal can't just be repaired so entire windshield "must" be replaced. Carpeting must be removed, and along with car floor be dried and treated to prevent mold and mildew. 
Volvo C30 in Virginia, United States
Jun 2009 - Sep 2012
Mar 2010

13000 mi
Protective flaps on underside of front lip keep separating from air dam 
Jun 2010

21000 mi
Clunking sound from front of car 
Dec 2010

29000 mi
Radio/CD Player/Bluetooth stopped working. Volvo had to order an entire new unit. 
Jul 2011

39000 mi
Bluetooth is intermintently working -- looses signal--speakers don't work 
Sep 2011

39000 mi
2 Strut bearings had to be replaced on front of car. Both went bad @ 35k miles. Supposedly a common problem w/ these C30's Finally repaired in mid September--2 Strut bearings replaced--fell apart upon removal of old strut bearings--new ones will prob do same 30k miles in--should not happen w/ so few miles. 
Volvo C30 in New York, United States
Jul 2011 - Apr 2015
Apr 2015

12000 mi
seal on front strut was blown 

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2009 Volvo C30 2dr Hatch

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

Volvo C30 in South Australia, Australia
Dec 2009 - Jun 2018
Jun 2011

19220 mi

A $5
Front wheel struts required replacement 
Aug 2011

22940 mi
Faulty reading on oil sensor light. Reset sensor 
Oct 2017

56420 mi

A $1350
Cracked seals. Whole assembly required replacement 

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2009 Volvo C30 2dr Hatch

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

Volvo C30 in Great Britain
Mar 2014 - Apr 2017
Nov 2016

51000 mi

Replace split and leaking DPF eolys additive tank; replenish eolys fluid (out of routine schedule) 

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2009 Volvo C30 2dr Hatch

99-horsepower 1.6L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volvo C30 in Great Britain
Nov 2008 - May 2009
Jan 2009

2000 mi
Required new door lock mechanism. 

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2009 Volvo C30 2dr Hatch

123-horsepower 1.8L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Volvo C30 in Alberta, Canada
Feb 2010 - Jun 2017
Jun 2010

15500 mi
Window mechanism was making a scraping noise when opened or closed. The parts were cleaned and lubricated. 
Dec 2014

76260 mi

C $14
Headlight burned out 
May 2015

80540 mi

C $900
RIght front axle seal and wheel bearing needed to be replaced 

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2009 Volvo C30 2-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel manual 2WD

Volvo C30 in Great Britain
Jun 2011 - Sep 2013
Jul 2011

15000 mi
Fuel line rubbed through. Told by garage pipe incorrectly routed. 

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2009 Volvo C30

5-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo C30 in Quebec, Canada
Oct 2008 - Mar 2011
Mar 2010

17360 mi
Adjust rear hatch lock that came loose. 
Mar 2011

29760 mi
Replace right hand seat backrest cable release. 

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