2004 Volvo XC90 Reviews - Page 8 of 11

2004 Volvo XC90 T6 2.9L turbo from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.9L turbo Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired11000 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles
Previous carLexus RX300

Summary:

Great vehicle - lame transmission

Faults:

AWD issues at 12K

Drivers lock failed 15K

Rear hatch lock failed 20K

Transmission failed 84K

Second transmission failed 50 miles later

Third transmission on it's way.

General Comments:

At 84K the transmission in my 04 XC90 started slipping and failed. After showing the dealer all of the comments posted at this site they agreed to replace the transmission for no charge, even though it was way out of warranty. The case I made was that it was a well known and documented problem and the Volvo should have recalled my vehicle a long time ago. Within 50 miles of use, the second transmission also started slipping (different gear) and failed. The dealer is again covering the new transmission. My local dealer has been the only good thing about my experience with Volvo. I'd be SOL without them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th February, 2008

26th Apr 2008, 22:31

Out of curiosity, what dealer replaced your transmission and what exactly did you say to get them to replace your transmission for free? I think my transmission may be on its way out (@ 84,000 miles)

2004 Volvo XC90 T6 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission T6 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 kilometres
Most recent distance91000 kilometres
Previous carAudi S4

Summary:

Volvo has lost me as a customer on this transmission problem

Faults:

Steering Rack - Replaced under warranty.

Transmission - out of warranty @ 91,000 km.

General Comments:

Transmission just blew for no reason. We drive the car properly and never abuse it. Transmission just fell apart and is now at the dealer with a $7,000 estimate. They're either going to have to fix it under a good will gesture as we are just over the 80,000 km warranty level, but under 4 years, or we're taking it to a transmission specialist that we know and will get it rebuilt and trade it in for something better built.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th January, 2008

2004 Volvo XC90 xc90 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Previous carAudi A4

Summary:

Not good

Faults:

My car is three years old. We replaced transmission at 1,500 miles, under warranty when car came to a complete stop while driving on freeway with my two young children. The second transmission had to be replaced last month, and the car was no longer under warranty although the service department was great about working with us and getting Volvo to replace as a one time good gesture. My fear is that the transmission will go out again and at $4,400 repair on top of the safety concerns, I think it is time to just walk away and never own a Volvo again. Sadly, because I was so excited about their reputation for safety and believed this would be the perfect car for our family. There have also also been multiple other service issues with worn tires, brakes, etc.

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

Review Date: 7th January, 2008

2004 Volvo XC90 T6 from North America

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission T6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carVolvo XC90

Summary:

I am very disappointed in Volvo and will be looking into a class action lawsuit

Faults:

Water damage from a defective water valve.

Transmission went at 60,000 miles.

General Comments:

My husband ordered my 2004 Volvo XC90 from Sweden in 2003. It was delivered during the summer of 2003. I have had several major problems with the truck starting with water damage as a result of a faulty duct system back in 2005. My truck had a terrible mildew odor. The entire bottom of the truck was flooded and took two weeks to dry out and fix. Luckily it was still under warranty. Since that time, whenever it rains, I get that same awful mildew smell.

About two months ago, my transmission light came on and about a month ago, it started to slip. Now I am in need of a new transmission. My car is no longer under warranty and Volvo gave me a quote of $6,000 to fix.

I think this is absolutely ridiculous. I have been the owner of two Honda's and two Toyota's all purchased certified pre-owned and never had as many problems as I’ve had with my brand new XC90.

After reading so many comments about the XC90 transmission issues, this is definitely grounds for a class action law suit. There should have been some sort of recall.

Let get a CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT started.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th January, 2008

7th Jan 2008, 11:32

As I stated in a previous comment on a newer Volvo, I am not remotely impressed with Volvo's quality. After driving Lincolns since 1984 my elderly mom switched to Volvo in 2006. The car rides rougher, performs worse and has a lower build quality than our 7 year old GM car, and is way below the quality of our 2007 Ford. Unlike Jaguar, which seemed to become a far BETTER vehicle after being taken over by Ford, Volvo seems to have made a 180 degree turn in the opposite direction.

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