VOLVO ANNOUNCES A RECALL on NOV. 22, 2006
The following is old news from about November 2005.
VOLVO is extending ETM warranty to 10 years, 200,000 miles!
I don't know how much VEXED had to do with this extended warranty, probably nothing, but we will hang on anyone's coat tails if they are going in the right direction. It is a major concession that Volvo has admitted that there is a problem with the electronic throttle modules (ETM) and is taking steps to cover the replacement, up to 10 years and 200,000 miles.
The following Confidential memo is legit ---, it was posted on SWEDESPEED.com. My source had a call from Dan Johnson at Volvo. The story will break on TV Tuesday night, November 15, 2005, at 10:00 PM on KMGH, Channel 7 Denver, Colorado. It is a hidden camera report where a dealer says that surging cannot happen and I am there to critique the film. The thrust of the story has changed from "Volvo is still covering up the problem" to "KMGH ----- reports success with their investigative report."
Also from Swedespeed, "Doesn't matter who you purchased the car from if it's under 10 years and 200,000 old you WILL BE covered and you will be reimbursed for previous 'out of pocket expenses'. Letters will start to be mailed out to owners starting next month. If Volvo doesn't know you own the car (if you didn't send in that little tear out in the warranty book) you will have to contact them with a receipt that you had the ETM replaced and that you paid for it. If it hasn't failed yet and it fails between now and the above said time and mileage limits they now will pay for it. THEY WILL NOT REPLACE IT IF EVERYTHING IS FINE, just to replace it, they will WHEN it fails As I said nothing for a month or so so don't ask your dealer, (I already did). You will be notified "
I will add pages 2 through 6 as soon as I can find them.
Letter From Volvo to TV Channel 7 Denver, Colorado
(This letter was included in the online KMGH web site. )
As a result of working with the California Air Resources Board, Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, has voluntarily decided to extend the warranty period for the Electronic Throttle System function on certain vehicles to 10 years or 200,000 miles, whichever comes first. In addition, Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, is providing owners and lessees of these vehicles with a free Electronic Throttle System software upgrade, which will be available after March 1, 2006. Where such Volvo owners or lessees previously paid to have their Electronic Throttle System repaired or replaced within 10 years and less than 200,000 miles, they may be eligible for a refund, if they provide proper documentation of the repair. The following models are implicated by this program:
Tony, in our letter to owners, we will also explain
what 'Limp Home' mode means. Actually, what happens is the
'Check Engine' or 'ETS' lamp will illuminate. Additional
symptoms that may be associated with this condition
include uneven engine idle, and/or onset of "limp home
mode", a condition that affects drivability potentially
restricting maximum vehicle speed to between approximately
10 and 30 miles per hour.