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2005 Volvo XC90

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2005 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...

Drive Train -- Up North Volvo and 1 other

I had a loud clicking or chattering noise that was coming from my left front wheel area on my Volvo. This was somewhat maddening, as it would come and go. When it got so pronounced, I took it to my dealer's mechanic; he heard it, but couldn't pinpoint the exact source. He did rule out wheel bearing failure, and due to its' extreme left location, ruled out any transmission or angle drive issues (which had themselves been recently serviced). Fin...

2005 Volvo XC90 Recalls (Recent)

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, July 3, 2007

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While performing battery maintenance, the crank handle for the jack can be misplaced under the battery retaining bracket, which could short circuit the battery, increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will inspect and ensure proper placement of the jack handle and install a warning label to the battery retaining bracket. This recall is expected to begin on July 2, 2007. The Volvo recall number is SC179.

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Electrical & Lights, January 31, 2006

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An electrical short circuit may develop between the positive battery and ground at the starter motor solenoid. Smoke may appear from under the hood and the car may not start. If the short were to occur while driving, electrical power could be lost. Any electrical short increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will inspect and increase the distance between the B+ terminal and the starter motor solenoid as necessary. This recall is expected to begin on January 31, 2006. The Volvo recall number is R150.

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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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2005 Volvo XC90 Questions and Answers

LynnElls, 2005 Volvo XC90, 4.4L V8, Shepherdstown, WV

When I bought my car; I was able to drive anywhere in the snow, even on my farm between the house and barn on steep inclines. Last year after buying new tires in the spring I had trouble driving up...

Visitor, 2005 Volvo XC90, 4.4L V8, Santa Monica, CA

Front brakes are grinding when depressed. I believe pads need to be replaced and rotors turned.

XC90, 2005 Volvo XC90, Darien, CT

How do I unclog the (right side) clowl drain pipe of my Volvo XC90?

Visitor, 2005 Volvo XC90, Tucson, AZ

I work at a Volvo dealership in Tucson, Az. We do our own compeitive price shopping constantly to ensure we are competitive. For most of the items I've seen on your site, the repair costs to...

Visitor, 2005 Volvo XC90, 4.4L V8, Tioga, PA

the key only turns to the accessory position and no further. this is making it impossible to start the car

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2005 Volvo XC90 Reviews

OK - so we thought this was going to be a great purchase. It was till about 95,000 miles. Then everything went wrong. The engine got wet in a desert rain storm, and it turns out a VOLVO V8 ENGINE CANNOT GET WET as it will rust and there is a catastrophic engine failure (balance shaft) costing $5,000 to repair. That's weird because the Volvo V8 is a modified Yamaha marine engine.

The the power steering pump went bad last month...another $1000. Also, we had to change tires every 6 months ($1,000 each time) because Volvo would not admit that the subframe bushings moved because oversized tolerances (yes, changed the bushings twice)....and it needed new brake pads (another $700), 3rd change in 5 years cos the car is too heavy for the brakes. Oh and the drivers seat control frame is all ripped up because if you're less than 6 ft tall, your leg scrapes the edge every time you exit, so we have a big hole from broken plastic (the seat has to be replaced...) . Don't forget that the expensive entertainment system does not work anymore. Can't get the sound to work no matter what we've tried.

I hope Volvo's new Chinese owner kicks some butt in Volvo management for putting out such a poor quality car and spoiling Volvo's reputation....or maybe it was some interim manager from Ford that forced Volvo to put out a Ford look alike (no offense to new Fords that are so much better)

I think we will buy a Korean or Japanese or even an American car next time. Forget the European stuff unless its Deutsch. Hope someone still likes XCC90 V8's when we sell it. I've done all the repairs and it should run great for a bit

update this very moment: check engine light just went on and the engine sounds funny.....the "fun" continues

My 2005 T6 AWD has been operating great with the exception of a complete electrical harness failure in the first 2K miles. I have read the horror stories regarding the T6 transmission and want to maintain a clean record with Volvo. The 45K check-up found a clean bill of health. The 60K check-up recommended replacement of a front axle due to plug leakage, replacement of front breaks pads and rotors, and list totaling about $4,000. I had expected to get ten years from this vehicle, not sure now if the further investment will be worth it.

I have had nothing but problems witn my 2005 XC90. I would never buy or recommend a Volvo again. I drive alot and car is out of warranty. Since then I have put in at least $10,000 to keep this car running. Buyer beware!!!

Love the ride and handling but only had problems with suspension. AWD unit when out, both rear ball joints. Very expensive repairs.

This is a fantastic car. Handles great, super smooth ride, nice interior, minimal problems. We did have one issue - the electronic locks were always causing problems. Often we could not get the back hatch open at all. 2-3 dealers could not figure it out until right before the warranty was up, a dealer finally fixed it. No problems since.

But seriously, we're super happy with this car. Its great

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