Volvo XC90 Repair and Maintenance

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

Volvo XC90 Problems

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.

Software Upgrades Will Fix Audio System Problems

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.

Software Upgrades Will Fix Climate Control System Problems

There have been problems with the climate control system not working at times. Volvo has made a Software upgrade for the AC control module is available that can correct certain climate control system faults.

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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

Absolute garbage. On all fronts. And Volvo USA? Don't waist your time. If you're reading this then it's probably too late. You've bought one (GOD HELP YOU) it's falling apart like a Yugo, or, you've now found out that the bolt that doesn't come off from the idler pulley on the belt and it costs $1,850 to replace a $60 item. Yes, to add to the horror, new timing chain cover because the routine j...
Volvo has lost it's way. Our 2004 xc90 turbo has been the least reliable of any car we have owned. What is more concerning is the lack of response from Volvo Service. The reported 'safety' of this brand is exaggerated, for example the vehicle would 'shut down' to 1/4 power while on highway with no dashboard, signals etc. Each time it was towed to service and supposedly fixed (battery, and many ...
Yes, this vehicle is expensive to maintain. Yes there are a few computer glitches now and then, but every car is never perfect all the time. Look at Mercedes Benz for example. What a nightmare they are compared to the much more reliable Volvo. I know I have owned both. Volvo is expensive, but it all comes down to, "What is your life worth?" All in all, style, safety and pure pleasure of driving...

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