Volvo XC90 Repair and Maintenance

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

Volvo XC90 Problems

Hard Shifting, Erratic Shifting and Other Transmission Issues

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

Transmission Failure Common

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

Engine will not start - Electronic Control Module problem.

On several occasions the car would not start. When the key was turned nothing would happen. Car was towed 3 times. First time they stated it was the starter motor. Second time new battery. Third time it was the electronic control module that needed replacememt. A common problem as I under. I believe that all 3 times it was the ECM. Water leakage can get into the unit via a poorly designed rubber grommet (seal). Only the Volvo dealerhip c...

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Volvo XC90 Recalls

Third Row Side Curtain Air Bags Do Not Inflate Fully

The third row side curtain air bags may not inflate fully when deployed in an accident. This could cause increased risk of occupant injury. Dealers will modify the D-pillar interior panels to allow full inflation of the third row air bags free of charge to resolve the concern.

Front Side Impact Air Bags Do Not Deploy

The wiring harness for the side impact protection system (SIPS) may have been improperly routed, resulting in damage to the wiring. This could prevent the seat mounted side impact air bags from deploying in an accident. Dealers will inspect the routing of the SIPS wiring and will correct it, installing a protective sleeve as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Potential Power Steering Fluid Leak

Power steering fluid may leak from the pipe connection at the steering gear valve housing. This could lead to a sudden loss of power steering, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the oil pipes on the power steering rack to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin on May 31, 2011. The Volvo recall number is R242.

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Volvo XC90 Reviews

Bought my 2003 XC90 brand new and have had nothing but problems! I have serviced it through the dealer and have kept it in a garage when not in use.Its now 12 years old with only 66,000 miles and the dealer is telling me that it needs a new engine!!! I will NEVER buy another Volvo
Do not EVER buy this car. I don't think I'll ever get another Volvo. Just spent $6400 to fix the transmission, the leaking seals and on and on.
We bought it new in 03. We have 165K miles on it. All service done in Dedham, Mass. Its been a great car. I am planning on getting at least 250K on it. All repairs, service, tires, brakes, exhaust, everything averaged about $1200 per year. I am happy. Can't wait for the new XC90 PHEV. I own 2 other Volvo's and our experience has been the same on both. The Dealer makes a lot of diffe...

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