Let’s talk ETM Failure
Another Failed ETM Story
*Not once*, through all of these symptoms, did the ETS light ever illuminate. To me this is proof positive that the software “update” that Volvo issued along with the extended warranty for the ETM essentially hobbled the ETS monitoring system to the point it is useless. Considering Volvo’s stature as the builder of some of the safest cars made, this backroom hijinks of a “fix” is certainly a slap in the face to their cusomter base. In my view, the throttle system on this car was so over-engineered as to become a detriment to reliability and safety.
This will certainly be my first and last Volvo. I, for one, will never buy another one again.
Bonus! 10 Interesting Volvo Facts
- In Latin, the word Volvo means: I spin. Today however the nearest meaning is “I roll”.
- Volvo was founded in 1924. The two founders were Gustav Larsson and Assar Gabrielsson.
- The ÖV 4 is the first Volvo car. The first car was sell-ready in 1927. The 2-Liter, 4-cilinder car got the nickname: Jakob.
- Volvo’s very first commercial vehicle was the Type-1 truck. The release year was 1928. In the same year, Volvo released the second car, the Volvo PV 651. Volvo manufactured a total of 1383 of both vehicles in the first year; of which automaker exported 27.
- This trend saw a sharp rise in 1932 when Volvo released a good amount of 10,000 vehicles, both trucks and cars.
- The company, however, started making a large-scale profit from the year 1935. The first luxurious car by Volvo was the PV36, which could carry six passengers at a time. The design of this iconic car paved the path for future Volvo cars to come. I came in the market with a price tag of 8,500 Swedish kronor.
- Volvo touched a landmark in 1941, with the sale of its 50,000th vehicle; this is a unique achievement considering the time when WWII was in full swing.
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