2005 Volvo XC90 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2005 Volvo XC90

2005 Volvo XC90 Problems

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

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.

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 adaptation needs to be reset. A good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.

There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the automatic transmission diagnostic process.

Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals

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2005 Volvo XC90 Questions

After my local repair shop changed te oil and replaced a broken dipstick, the message read out for mileage went from 16 to 13 in only a 4 mile maximum time. It does actually seem that the gas is flowing faster than usual. The car has 171,000 miles. I just put about $5.5K into it for A/C compresso...

2005 XC90 front defroster just started blowing at about 50%. Took it to dealer who said there were not diag codes and it appeared to be working. It is not working, it takes about 20+ minutes to defrost the car - when it used to blow hard air and clear almost immediately. He compared it to some...

Is this a fuse or actual light that needs to be replaced? Anyone else with this problem?

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2005 Volvo XC90 Recalls

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.

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.

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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2005 Volvo XC90 Reviews

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 ...

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 powe...

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!!!

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