Premature automatic transmission failure is common. Diagnoses of the fault will be necessary to determine if repair or replacement is the proper repair.
Car Problem Reports
Volvo XC90 Transmission Failure Common
Volvo XC90 Problem
Average Mileage: 87,673 mi (13,000 mi - 185,000 mi)
Visitor, 2005 Volvo XC90, 60,000 mi
I bought this car used with just over 50,000 miles on it. I had it for not quite 3 months before it needed a new transmission. Out of warranty, so had no choice but to spend $4000 on a rebuilt transmission. Two years later, no problems until today. I've only put 7,000 miles on it in two and a half years. I had the "urgent transmission" check engine light come on today...very nervous to take it into the shop today...
Visitor, 2004 Volvo XC90, 60,000 mi
Burnt foamy fluid. Vehicle shudders when accelerating. Erratic pump noise.
Visitor, 2004 Volvo XC90, 102,000 mi
Transmission failed and had to be replaced.
Visitor, 2004 Volvo XC90, 59,500 mi
trans kept slipping in all gears. when I limpped into the dealer they were suprized I made it! Thsat's when I was told that this is a known problem with this 6 speed GM transmission. All parts and labor were covered by Volvo!
Visitor, 2004 Volvo XC90, 88,000 mi
Transmission seems to be failing. The dealer says I will probably need a new transmission. I had always heard Volvos lasted forever and were high quality. My ABS module has also failed and needs to be replaced.
Visitor, 2005 Volvo XC90, 135,000 mi
Noticed increased gas consumption. Shortly thereafter my Volvo simply stopped - would not move forward nor reverse. Nothing. Bought extended warranty and Volvo replaced the transmission.
Visitor, 2004 Volvo XC90, 160,000 mi
this will be the second transmission that our Volvo XC90 has required.
Visitor, 2005 Volvo XC90, 102,003 mi
XC90 T6 (GM Trans) --Started to make slight noices and loss of pwer at slow stop and goes then two weeks later lite came on and - Total Failure of Transmission - No Reverse - AAMCO - Full Replacement $2950. w/ 3yr / Warranty --- Like the car and safety so bit the bullet and fixed.
Visitor, 2007 Volvo XC90, 96,000 mi
My 2007 XC90 has been a pretty good car up until this past Sunday when the Transmission warning light came on. I called Volvo and they couldn't look at the car for a week so I took it to a local volvo mechanic and he said I needed a new transmission. While the car has 96,000 miles I routinely have maintained it. I was experiencing no problems until that light came on then it was all down hill. I called Volvo North America and they told me the car needed to be seen by an authorized Volvo Service provider. So on the flatbed the car went to the Volvo dealership. There it sits awaiting the verdict. I am going to fight Volvo on this one because these cars are supposed to last well over 100,000 miles. As I research more about these cars, they seem to have a history of problems. Oh, did I mention that I owned a 2002 XC90 T-6? I traded it in because it was leaking transmission fluid. Funny that there was a class action suit filed regarding this model for the years 2002-2005 for transmission failure. I will not purchase another XC90 even when the new design comes out in 2015.
Visitor, 2007 Volvo XC90, 110,000 mi
We have taken excellent care of our 2007 XC90 VOLVO SUV but the transmission has been acting up for about 6 months. Volvo said they would have to replace the entire transmission for about $8000.00, our local transmission shop said they are seeing ALOT of these VOLVO SUV 's coming in with transmission problems, they said all that needs to be done is to rebuild the value body cost $4500 approx.
My husband's TOYOTA TUNDRA has almost 280,000K and never had one transmission problem! WHAT HAPPEN TO ' VOLVO FOR LIFE' ?
This is my 4th VOLVO, and it will be my last!