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Volvo XC90 Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

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

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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.

Drive Train -- Verified

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

Drive Train -- Verified

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 adaptatio...

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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.

Volvo XC90 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., December 8, 2003

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The seat belt attachments(s) for the second and third row seat(s) may not have been properly fitted. In the event of a crash, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will inspect and repair the affected seat belt attachments to correct this concern. The Volvo recall number is R127.

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Body, Interior & Misc., September 5, 2006

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If the windshield wipers are activated in extreme winter weather conditions and without lifting the wiper arms and cleaning the windshield prior to moving, the wiper arm can slip on its driveshaft, resulting in an inability to move the wipers from the park position. Inoperative wipers during inclement weather conditions could cause a crash due to reduced visibility. Dealers will replace the wiper arms and retaining nuts to correct this concern. The Volvo recall number is R156.


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Electrical & Lights, January 31, 2006

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An electrical short circuit may develop between the positive battery and ground at the starter motor solenoid. Smoke may appear from under the hood and the car may not start. If the short were to occur while driving, electrical power could be lost. Any electrical short increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will inspect and increase the distance between the B+ terminal and the starter motor solenoid as necessary. This recall is expected to begin on January 31, 2006. The Volvo recall number is R150.

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Engine, May 2, 2008

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One hundred and two vehicles may have been assembled with incorrect bolts securing the engine mount. The aluminum engine mount bracket could break, resulting in excess engine movement. This could lead to an engine stalling condition, increasing the risk of a crash. Owners of the affected vehicles have been contacted and dealers will perform the necessary repairs. The Volvo recall number is 197.

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Suspension & Steering, June 23, 2006

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The outer tie rod ball joint may fatigue and fracture. The driver may notice the vehicle is difficult to maneuver, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the outer tie rod ends to correct this concern. The Volvo recall number is R157.

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Volvo XC90 Questions and Answers

Visitor, 2003 Volvo XC90, 2.5L 5 Cylinder Turbo, Sykesville, MD

The turn signals work on the outside, but not always showing up on the dashboard display.

arturos, 2003 Volvo XC90, 2.9L 6 Cylinder Turbo, Des Plaines, IL

how hard is to replace front axel (driver side)any step by step

nurul9630, 2003 Volvo XC90, 2.5L 5 Cylinder, Paterson, NJ

How to fix an overall readiness result. please some one help.

PhilRichmond, 2003 Volvo XC90, 2.5L 5 Cylinder Turbo, Hendersonville, TN

When driving in town, there is a hissing noise after letting off the brake. Replaced Brake Booster with remanufactured Brake Booster. Upon picking up vehicle, the brake pedal goes all the way to f...

Davila_17, 2003 Volvo XC90, 2.9L 6 Cylinder Turbo, Bellflower, CA

Left light on the whole night and in the morning when I went to turn on the trk it seem like the ignition got lock it won't turn all the way only 2/3 of it. Also a low battery message came on ...

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Volvo XC90 Reviews

check engine light is on on the dashboard,whats the remedy

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 'we cant replicate this problem' visits) they finally replaced the CEM or main computer. Our young kids were in the car!! No recall and no warranty despite dozens of reports about this problem across North America. That is only one example of an issue with this vehicle. We are stuck driving this unit till it drops but never will any of our family purchase a Volvo again. One last funny note...I wrote to Volvo Canada, they never responded but did add our email to the promotions department so now we receive special offers on buying a Volvo, might as well pour salt on the wound. Oh ya, don't get us started on the 'oil pressure,stop vehicle' warning, no one can fix it and we bought shares in Castrol due to the way this puppy drinks it.

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 power steering pump went bad last month...another $1000. Also, we had to change tires every 6 months ($1,000 each time) because Volvo would not admit that the subframe bushings moved because oversized tolerances (yes, changed the bushings twice)....and it needed new brake pads (another $700), 3rd change in 5 years cos the car is too heavy for the brakes. Oh and the drivers seat control frame is all ripped up because if you're less than 6 ft tall, your leg scrapes the edge every time you exit, so we have a big hole from broken plastic (the seat has to be replaced...) . Don't forget that the expensive entertainment system does not work anymore. Can't get the sound to work no matter what we've tried.

I hope Volvo's new Chinese owner kicks some butt in Volvo management for putting out such a poor quality car and spoiling Volvo's reputation....or maybe it was some interim manager from Ford that forced Volvo to put out a Ford look alike (no offense to new Fords that are so much better)

I think we will buy a Korean or Japanese or even an American car next time. Forget the European stuff unless its Deutsch. Hope someone still likes XCC90 V8's when we sell it. I've done all the repairs and it should run great for a bit

update this very moment: check engine light just went on and the engine sounds funny.....the "fun" continues

Clogs in the AC Drain Tube have resulted in over $1,000 of additional charges because the clog had to be cleared $125, it caused water to leek in the cabin so I had to dry and clean the driver side carpet $270, and it ruined the A/C Blower Motor $785. I can't understand how the clogging occured and how to prevent it in the future so I'm afraid it will happen again.

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 job of replacing a belt is ANOTHER design flaw by Ford, Volvo, pick one. They blame each other then blame the customer. Again, God help you and good luck AND get a part time job to throw to lots of money at this POS XC90, 2006, V8. It goes without saying, I'll NEVER buy another Volvo. I work in a hospital, work with many, and see many patients. I go out of my way to let ALL of them know about Volvo, what my experience has been. Volvo, so far, has been the worst mistake of my life. Pure junk from bumper to bumper.

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