2004 Volvo XC90 Reviews - Page 4 of 11

2004 Volvo XC90 T6 2.9T from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.9T Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance68000 miles
Previous carVolvo XC90

Faults:

Car seemed almost new as I test drove it a few times with my eyes and ears on everything I can think of. I purchased car at 64000 miles.

At 68000 miles, the transmission started sputtering before getting into first gear. Minutes later and several sputtering instances had gone by, the engine needed to be revved high to redline in order to get into gears. Computer didn't give me warning messages. Happened all in one day.

Planning on towing it to the Volvo dealer or Volvo certified mechanic soon!

General Comments:

Despite reading threads, bulletin boards and blogs involving the transmission horror stories, it's quite comfortable and is a nice ride.

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

Review Date: 29th June, 2009

2004 Volvo XC90 from North America

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

Safe, but at what cost??

Faults:

Bought the Volvo '04 XC90 in '05 with 30,000 miles

I'm on my 3rd transmission.

Volvo hesitates for a critical 1st few seconds when flooring gas pedal to get out of possible dangerous situations.

Spring seat broke on front passenger side tire.

General Comments:

I'm on my 3rd transmission, have the extended warranty to 100K miles, but are you kidding me, the 3rd transmission - Ridiculous!!! Glad I found this blog, doing research it seems the Japanese transmission is considered the best, not (unfortunately for my USA brothers and sisters) the GM transmission they've put in my XC90 for the 3rd time... Absolute horror.

One good thing is the dealership where I bought it from has some of the best service and parts Customer Service I have ever experienced. Why don't we all do a Conference call with the regional rep for Volvo, forget that, the decision maker for Volvo Worldwide to get some well deserved answers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th June, 2009

2004 Volvo XC90 from Germany

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carVolvo Ford

Summary:

Still a great car!

Faults:

At about 50 000 miles I started to hear an unusual noise coming from the transmission. I took it to the Volvo dealer, and they did not hear anything wrong!

A few miles later the noise got louder! Now eventually the check transmission light came on, and today at about 70 000 miles my transmission finally failed and the car would only drive in 3rd gear! The bad part about this that they (Volvo) will not replace or even try to compensate the obvious problem with the GM transmission in the car! On top of that problem, they do not even make the transmissions anymore, so that means:... I will get a "rebuilt" transmission now! This all makes me very mad!

General Comments:

The car is a great car. Aside from the transmission, I definitely recommend the make and model! Just buy a newer model, because they worked on the problems from the "older" version!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th May, 2009

2004 Volvo XC90 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carFord Expedition

Summary:

Steer clear

Faults:

Where to start?

Gear shift broke.

Replaced brakes 2 times.

Required fan belt replacement 900.00.

Now has wheel drive problems, which will cost 2000.00.

General Comments:

This car is a constant money trap. I will NEVER have another Volvo and would strongly advise anyone considering one to really reconsider. There is always something wrong and it's never cheap.

In 1.5 years have spent over 5000.00 dollars -- wish I had bought the new Mountaineer instead of the used Volvo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th February, 2009

2004 Volvo XC90 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance149850 miles
Previous carVolvo 240

Summary:

Good reliable car

Faults:

I love Volvos. This is my second one.

I had the timing belt changed this year. A week ago the dealership changed the oil and replaced a bearing in the front. My car started leaking oil afterward. I brought it back up to the dealership and they said the cam and crank seals are leaking and need to be replaced. They also want to change the timing belt again because they said it's no good if oil leaks on it. Does this sound right? The cost-$715.00 plus tax.

General Comments:

My XC90 doesn't turn as sharp as my 240 wagon. However, it's runs well and I have over 148000 miles on it. I drive my car a lot.

I am having more repairs sooner than my wagon. The bulbs for the lights burn out faster too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2009

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 39 reviews