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Went to start car the other day, Check engine light came on, Engine running rough, wouldn't rev over 2,000 rpms and the ETS light is on.. i checked for codes. Code P0121 set....I Googled the code.....Thottle body??
I read one post where this is covered under warranty for 10 years or 200,000 miles? Does anyone have any insight into what I can expect. I deleted the code, seem to run okay but the ETS light is still on.

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Hugh Wilson.
 

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Re: 99 V70R AWD Code p0121 (five40i)

God NEVER delete codes.
If the ETM light is on and you're still in the 10 yr 200k window Volvo will install a new one, if not there are now cheaper alternatives!
Hurry!
 

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Re: 99 V70R AWD Code p0121 (JRL)

Hehe, don't worry, you'll get the codes again. This is almost certainly the beginning of the end for your ETM. As he said, get to the dealer FAST! They will balk no matter what, but be insistent that you know what this is and you want it fixed as is required. But if you fall out of the warranty claim window, they'll do nothing for you (for free anyway).
 

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Re: 99 V70R AWD Code p0121 (Bearclaw)

I found a campaign on this situation.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has moved the Volvo ETM failures up to an Engineering Evaluation. This was just released to the press. The engineering analysis should identify the failure modes and connect the unexpected loss of power, either limp home or stalling, to a safety issue.

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Report Date : December 10, 2005 at 08:29 AM
NHTSA Action Number : EA05021

NHTSA Action Number : EA05021 NHTSA Recall Campaign Number : N/A
Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
VOLVO / 700 2000
VOLVO / 740 2000
VOLVO / 780 1999
VOLVO / 850 1999-2000
VOLVO / 855 2000
VOLVO / C70 1999-2002
VOLVO / C70 CONVERTIBLE 1999-2001
VOLVO / COTTRELL 1999
VOLVO / S40 2000-2001
VOLVO / S60 1999-2002
VOLVO / S70 1999-2000
VOLVO / S80 1999-2001
VOLVO / S90 1999
VOLVO / V40 2000-2001
VOLVO / V70 1999-2002
VOLVO / V70XC 1999-2001
VOLVO / V90 1999
VOLVO / VOLVO 1999-2001
VOLVO / X70 1999
VOLVO / XC70 2001
Manufacturer : VOLVO CARS OF N.A. LLC.
Component :
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
Date Investigation Opened : December 6, 2005
Date Investigation Closed : Open
Summary:
A PRELIMINARY EVALUATION (PE05-041) WAS OPENED ON JULY, 26, 2005, BASED ON 136 CONSUMER COMPLAINTS TO ODI ALLEGING THROTTLE CONTROL MALFUNCTIONS IN THE SUBJECT VEHICLES. ODI HAS NOW RECEIVED 591 COMPLAINTS OF ETM FAILURES WHICH ALLEGE SYMPTOMS WITH POTENTIAL SAFETY RELATED CONSEQUENCES. THESE INCLUDE ALLEGATIONS OF ENGINE STALL, VEHICLE SURGING FORWARD WITHOUT ACCELERATOR INPUT, VEHICLE HESITATION UPON ACCELERATION AND SUDDEN AND UNEXPECTED TRANSITION INTO REDUCED PERFORMANCE OPERATION (LIMP MODE). VOLVO SUBMITTED OVER 2,900 COMPLAINTS CONCERNING THE ETM IN THE SUBJECT VEHICLES DURING PE05-041. ODI'S PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS OF A SAMPLE THE VOLVO COMPLAINTS IDENTIFIED APPROXIMATELY 55 PERCENT WITH ONE OR MORE OF THE SYMPTOMS DESCRIBED ABOVE. ODI IS CONTINUING ITS ASSESSMENT OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE VOLVO COMPLAINTS. IN NOVEMBER 2005, TO RESOLVE AN INVESTIGATION BY THE CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD, VOLVO ANNOUNCED THAT IT WOULD EXTEND THE WARRANTY COVERAGE TO 10 YEARS / 200,000 MILES FOR THE ETM IN APPROXIMATELY 356,000 MODEL YEAR 1999 THROUGH 2002 PASSENGER CARS SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA. UNDER VOLVO'S POLICY, VEHICLES THAT EXPERIENCE ETM FAILURES WILL RECEIVE A VARIETY OF REPAIRS INCLUDING ETM CLEANING, REPROGRAMMING THE ENGINE CONTROL MODULE AND/OR REPLACEMENT OF THE ETM. THIS INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO AN ENGINEERING ANALYSIS TO CONTINUE TO ASSESS THE SAFETY CONSEQUENCES OF ETM FAILURES IN THE SUBJECT VEHICLES.
 

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Re: 99 V70R AWD Code p0121 (five40i)

Here's a good link (one of many out there) that explains the problem.

http://home.comcast.net/~donwillson/tech_info.html

This is not an obscure issue, this is a weak component that has a basically 100% premature failure rate. Believe me, Volvo will cringe when they see your car drive in, they can guess why you're there. The task isn't to convince them you have the problem, the task is getting the dealer to document it and get it paid for (assuming you're still in the warranty window). It's You & Your Dealer vs. Volvo.
 
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