2003 Volvo XC90 Reviews - Page 5 of 6

2003 Volvo XC90 T6 2.9 liter from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.9 liter Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.2 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carNissan Pathfinder

Summary:

LAST time would own or want to drive one

Faults:

Tranny slipping at 83000 miles; it will cost $7500 to fix (that is reconditioned).

I would join the CLASS ACTION lawsuit anytime.

General Comments:

Slow pick-up.

E-mail me: bobmarley_93@hotmail.com when class action lawsuit is filed...

Thanks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th February, 2008

2003 Volvo XC90 d5 SE 2.4 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
Engine and transmission 2.4 turbo diesel Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carLand Rover Range Rover

Summary:

A very comfortable well built and safe 4x4/SUV

Faults:

When I picked the car up from the dealer, the anti skid pan service light illuminated.

After a week of driving I took it to my local Volvo dealer to take a look at the steering, which was doing some funny things ie adjusting itself on bends (strange).

The Volvo dealer diagnosed that there was a steering fault, which was probably due to a worn rack. When he plugged his laptop in, it came up with 6 faults ie yaw sensors flow sensors etc.

I promptly took the car back to the dealer I bought it off, who changed the rack (no change to me of course). I also got the faults cleared bar two.

The two in question were yaw and flow rate sensors. The car is back in the dealers at the moment having the sensors replaced.

General Comments:

Other than the above faults, which are being dealt with, I cannot really complain about the XC90.

I do have a couple of issues ie pulling off from a stop start; the gearbox does tend to have an alarming delay before you actually pull away; a bit frightening sometimes!

I am told this can be remedied by Volvo with their magic box of tricks for a price. I suspect also rear vision is very limited when reversing. Thank god for the r.p.s.

I haven't owned the car that long to make a really honest opinion of ownership, but for what little time I have had the car, I have enjoyed it, except for the above comments.

I have calculated mpg around town is about 22mpg, and on a run about 32. I am hoping on the run to Devon from brum to average 35mpg+ @ 70mph. Would this sound about right?

One last thing. I must admit when driving this car I feel really safe, unlike my 94 Range Rover classic, which does tend to wallow a bit, but that's what makes a Rangie fun I suppose!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd March, 2007

2003 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD T6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission T6 Automatic
Distance when acquired19 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carVolvo 850

Summary:

Love to drive it, but I am concerned about future reliability

Faults:

Two sets of tires within 20,000 miles. It took a few visits from the Volvo factory rep to get the problem fixed correctly. Volvo paid for the new tires the first time, 50% for the second set.

Numerous "software" upgrades to radio and navigation system to fix problems.

Rear wheel bearings at 60K miles.

New transmission at 65K miles. Volvo is covering the cost for this.

General Comments:

Drives more like a car than an SUV.

GPS system is fantastic. Would not get another car without one.

Gas mileage is really low.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2006

2003 Volvo XC90 T6 6 cylinder from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired30 miles
Most recent distance29500 miles
Previous carChevrolet Suburban

Summary:

The XC90 is very luxurious, but has poor reliability

Faults:

My transmission failed at about 29,000 miles.

After the dealer replaced the transmission, it failed again within days.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable. I love the heated leather seats, the navigation system, and the sound system.

I like the split rear hatchback; it makes it easy to put on ski boots.

The visibility out the passenger side is very poor; one cannot see a small vehicle right next to you on the passenger side. I have had a few close calls.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th December, 2004

14th Feb 2005, 13:47

My transmission failed at 6000 miles. Since then it's been really great. They said that no other transmissions had failed in the same way mine had. Anybody else out there had a problem?

13th Mar 2005, 00:23

My 2004 volvo xc90 transmission failed at 13,450 miles. Its only 18 months old. The dealer is replacing it. A car this new with such low mileage should not have this issue. I'm concerned it will do it again.

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 22 reviews