2004 Volvo XC90 Reviews - Page 7 of 11

2004 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired50 miles
Most recent distance53893 miles
Previous carToyota Mark II

Summary:

Poorly engineered with major malfunctions. Other than that it looks nice and has a comfortable ride

Faults:

1. Transmission failure at 53,897 miles

2. Tie Rod (left) replaced

3. Front brakes replaced 2x

4. All 4 tires replaced at 21000 miles. Pirelli factory tires had excessive wear.

5. Ball joint replaced.

General Comments:

Two and a half weeks ago my 2004 T6 XC90 jerked for the first time. Took it to the dealer Friday, April 25th. The car drove perfectly all day even after I picked it up. Saturday, April 26th at 9pm, I'm driving alone on the Interstate and the TRANSMISSION SERVICE URGENT light comes on, the car loses power, the RPMs are running up with no acceleration.

The transmission problem breaks it for me with Volvo. I bought this vehicle believing it would be the last one I purchased for a long time... that I'd drive it till the wheels came off... little did I know that would be less than 2 years after I owned it, and that the transmission would fail under 4 years and before it is even paid for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th April, 2008

2004 Volvo XC90 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance54000 miles
Previous carVolvo 940

Summary:

Great concept but needs a lot of work to live up to reliability and safety of other Volvo models

Faults:

This car has had many, many problems since the first year of ownership -mostly, but not entirely, of an electrical nature- that I have not bothered to keep track. So, I can't begin to list all of the problems here. Although I do remember the day the controls to the side rear windows stopped working and the car had to go back to the dealer, yet again. Just one of many visits to the dealer for problems I never had with previously owned Volvos.

By far the largest and most problematic is the blown transmission at 54,000 miles. The dealer has been wonderful and has offered to fix the transmission for free; however, I am through with this car and am trading it in for a 2008 cross country wagon.

General Comments:

I have never really loved this car as I loved my 940 Turbo wagon which I drove for 150,000 miles with very few problems.

But, I like the three forward-facing seats - very handy for driving a lot of kids around town although the third seat is really too tight for anyone over 6 year of age and the second seat is a little tight too.

The cargo space is adequate given the configuration of the seating.

The car drives like a truck, it's not terribly comfortable, and the gas mileage is terrible. I spend $100+ a week on gas -- am always at the gas station.

I like the rear sensor -- all cars should have this. It would prevent running over kids' bicycles in the driveway or worse, backing into another car.

Honestly, I can't say what else I really like about this car. My husband drives a 2006 XC70 which I love and am always angling to switch cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2008

2004 Volvo XC90 t6 286hp turbo from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 286hp turbo Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles

Summary:

A comfortable and safe car with good handling that lacks reliability and performance.

Faults:

Blown transmission at 55,000.

General Comments:

I bought this car in 2004 new straight form the dealership. At first i was very pleased with it. It is very comfortable and has great handling. However, it lacks performance as Volvo has limited acceleration in first and second gear to prevent extra stress for the fragile transmission. That is the main fault with this car, Volvo put in a cheap 4 speed automatic transmission that cant handle the engine its built for. My transmission blew just yesterday and Volvo refuses to cover it because it is not under warranty. This is not an isolated incident. The majority of xc90s before 06 have their transmission fail before 60,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st March, 2008

2004 Volvo XC90 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired25 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carIsuzu Rodeo

Faults:

I am the owner of a Volvo 2004 XC90. My transmission just went at 82,000 miles. No, I don't have the extended warranty. I took very good care of the car in the four years that I've been driving it. It received all maintenance at the Volvo dealership where I purchased the car.

I was having trouble believing that Volvo was uninterested in working with me until I searched the Internet this past weekend. It appears that the 2003 and 2004 XC90s have had high incident rates of transmission failure. Based on what I've read, I believe I will file a report with the Attorney General of PA and hope that they will investigate. I really feel like I've been short changed for the money I invested in this car - although I see that others have had it worse.

I spoke with the service manager at my dealership. He was very apologetic, but said that we'd get no concession from Volvo under "good will." I told him that Volvo may win the battle, but lose the war. I will never purchase another Volvo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th February, 2008

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