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2006 Volvo XC90 Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2006 Volvo XC90 based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known 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.

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.

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

The 6-speed automatic transmission used in the 2005-2014 Volvo XC90 is known for issues with harsh shifting, especially while the transmission is slightly warmer than normal operating temperature.

This is accompanied by slight transmission slippage, and is common with this transmission in various makes and models.

The transmission software sometimes causes the slipping and harsh shifts, but in other cases the valve body is to blame. Also, since the transmission is sealed for life, the transmission fluid may beak down and cause these issues. 

To remedy the situation, the manufacturer of the transmission has issues various software updates, but in some cases a valve body replacement or transmission rebuild is required. 

 

Oil leaks from the all-wheel drive differential housing have been reported.

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