Volvo V50 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Volvo V50 owners have reported a total of 55 problems for their cars built in the 6 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Volvo V50. The 2005 Volvo V50 cars have the most problems reported (23 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Volvo V50

Model Year Number of Problems
  2011 V50
2
  2010 V50
2
  2009 V50
3
  2007 V50
8
  2006 V50
17
  2005 V50
23

  Common problems of Volvo V50

The following chart shows the 18 most common problems for Volvo V50 cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (7 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's equipment (6 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Volvo V50

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Electrical System
7
  Equipment
6
  Engine And Engine Cooling
6
  Other Fuel System
6
  Suspension
5
  Gasoline Fuel System
4
  Steering
3
  Power Train
3
  Tire
3
  Service Brakes
3
   
  Wheel
2
  Vehicle Speed Control
1
  Unknown Or Other
1
  Visibility
1
  Structure
1
  Child Seat
1
  Air Bag
1
  Exterior Lighting
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Volvo V50 of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across V50 model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Volvo V50 model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across V50 Model Years

V50
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2011 29587    
0.30
  2010 22,1888    
0.11
  2009 32,0159    
0.17
  2007 83,56711    
0.20
  2006 174,66812    
0.30
  2005 236,93113    
0.26


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