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2003 Volvo XC90

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2003 Volvo XC90 Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

Premature automatic transmission failure is common. Diagnoses of the fault will be necessary to determine if repair or replacement is the proper repair.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

Problems with the audio system have been reported. There are software upgrades available that will address certain issues. Problems unrelated to software issues will require standard repair procedures.

Drive Train -- Verified

Oil leaks from the all-wheel drive differential housing have been reported.

Drive Train -- Verified

Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo XC90 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.
If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptatio...

2003 Volvo XC90 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., December 8, 2003

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The seat belt attachments(s) for the second and third row seat(s) may not have been properly fitted. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will inspect and repair the affected seat belt attachments to correct this concern. The Volvo recall number is R127.

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Body, Interior & Misc., September 5, 2006

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If the windshield wipers are activated in extreme winter weather conditions and without lifting the wiper arms and cleaning the windshield prior to moving, the wiper arm can slip on its driveshaft, resulting in an inability to move the wipers from the park position. Inoperative wipers during inclement weather conditions could cause a crash due to reduced visibility. Dealers will replace the wiper arms and retaining nuts to correct this concern. The Volvo recall number is R156.


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Electrical & Lights, November 5, 2010

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Volvo is recalling all models equipped with Garmin 760 Portable Global Positioning System units because the battery may overheat, which could lead to a fire. Volvo advises owners to stop using the Garmin device immediately and consult the Garmin website to determine if they have a defective unit. The unit's battery will be replaced and a spacer inserted to prevent the problem from reoccurring. This will be performed free of charge.

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Engine, January 15, 2010

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When exposed to certain environmental conditions (hot climate and temperature cycling) over time and in combination with varying fuel quality, the fuel pump can develop cracks in the fuel pump flange. If cracks develop, a fuel smell and/or leak may be noted. Any fuel leak always increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will inspect and replace the fuel pump as necessary to correct this concern. The Volvo recall number is R220.

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Suspension & Steering, June 23, 2006

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The outer tie rod ball joint may fatigue and fracture. The driver may notice the vehicle is difficult to maneuver, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the outer tie rod ends to correct this concern. The Volvo recall number is R157.

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2003 Volvo XC90 Questions and Answers

Visitor, 2003 Volvo XC90, 2.5L 5 Cylinder Turbo, Sykesville, MD

The turn signals work on the outside, but not always showing up on the dashboard display.

arturos, 2003 Volvo XC90, 2.9L 6 Cylinder Turbo, Des Plaines, IL

how hard is to replace front axel (driver side)any step by step

nurul9630, 2003 Volvo XC90, 2.5L 5 Cylinder, Paterson, NJ

How to fix an overall readiness result. please some one help.

PhilRichmond, 2003 Volvo XC90, 2.5L 5 Cylinder Turbo, Hendersonville, TN

When driving in town, there is a hissing noise after letting off the brake. Replaced Brake Booster with remanufactured Brake Booster. Upon picking up vehicle, the brake pedal goes all the way to f...

Davila_17, 2003 Volvo XC90, 2.9L 6 Cylinder Turbo, Bellflower, CA

Left light on the whole night and in the morning when I went to turn on the trk it seem like the ignition got lock it won't turn all the way only 2/3 of it. Also a low battery message came on ...

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2003 Volvo XC90 Reviews

check engine light is on on the dashboard,whats the remedy

I have a 2003 XC90 2.5 turbo and could not be happier with this car. I have 84,900 miles on this car and have not had to put on back brakes. I hope to go to 90,000. I did do service on transmission and radiator and ignored their advice not to service either one. The reliability has been as good as my 1988 Mazada 1979 Honda. I am looking hoping to drive this car another 100,000 plus miles!

i bought my volvo xc90 last august 2011 its a used car its really nice car and i love to drive but one thing i noticed since i bought and drive this something is noisy in my front wheel because when i pass a rough road/hump or just an ordinary road theres something noise on it i dont know whats the problem of this.

Great vehicle but expensive (required) maintenance.

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