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Electrical has mind of its own!

The driver's seat unexpectedly moves all the way forward while I'm driving. Happens mostly on hot days. Driver's seat heats up on its own, although I brought it in for seat heater service when recall went out. In addition, the door locks won't stay locked, constantly opening while I'm driving. This happens when engine is off as well. I start to walk away, and I hear the click of the doors opening, so I have to go back to lock them again. I frequently find the car doors unlocked when I go out in the morning.
Two years ago, unlocking the car didn't unlock the gas tank door. I couldn't put gas in the car until the mechanic cut the hinge to bypass the lock mechanism on the door. Are these electrical problems common to Volvos or is my car just a problem car?

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I think it's called Christine.
Allthough, volvos aren't without their electrical problems.
However, if a 'recall' was neccesary before, I would go straight back to the dealer.
Quickly, before she does something else!
Good luck with that.

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