2005 Volvo XC90 Reviews

2005 Volvo XC90 T6 3.0 Litre from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.0 Litre Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 kilometres
Most recent distance114000 kilometres
Previous carFord Escape

Summary:

Should have listened to users on Car Survey

Faults:

Tranmission 3 times.

Weird noises (clunks when turning).

To replace the wiper blades, had to replace the whole wiper unit, as parts were not available ($780 for 2).

Turbo box cover cracked ($600).

General Comments:

Should have listened to all the reviews on Car Survey, but got "emotionally" attached to the Volvo.

Just problem after problem with reliability.

Also thirsty (knew that when we bought the car, but petrol prices were not that high at that time!!)

Last time we had it in for repair, were been told things will get worse with Volvo!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th October, 2012

11th Oct 2012, 15:54

Sorry, you are taking your car to the wrong garage - you do NOT have to replace all that to change wiper blades!!! Should have bought a D5 version - that is a far better car with almost faultless reliability (gearbox issues are on T6 models generally) and mid 30's MPG - one of the best cars made.

2005 Volvo XC90 8 cylinder from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 8 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Bravada

Summary:

Very nice vehicle

Faults:

Have had to replace the shifter knob.

A plastic piece on the driver seat has also cracked.

Also the plastic cover on both headlight washers have been lost or stolen.

General Comments:

Did a lot of research on this vehicle before it was purchased. After reading reviews on the vehicle, and how bad the T6 engine and transmission combo was, I decided to purchase the V8 model. The V8 motor is manufactured by Yamaha, and the 6 speed transmission is also manufactured by a Japanese company. This combination is fantastic. City mileage is 17 to 18, and about 24 to 25 mpg on extended highway trips.

The suspension is a little stiff, but the seats are fantastic, which makes up for it. Tons of room in the cabin.

The AWD is fantastic in the Wisconsin winters.

Overall, very pleased so far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2011

2005 Volvo XC90 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carVolvo XC90

Faults:

At ~78,000 miles and after my warranty lapsed, the transmission failed. The warning light indicated to take the car to the dealer immediately. The diagnosis was metal filings in the transmission and cooling systems for the transmission. All had to be replaced, but the Volvo service manager said it would cost $7300.00. I said no way and wanted to speak to Volvo management; the results were a revised estimate to repair of $2700.00.

I am still not satisfied, especially after I read about the other transmission failures for XC90 SUVs from 2003-2005 on the Internet. There should have been a recall based upon the numbers of failures. I did ask how many transmission failures that the dealership repaired, and the manager indicated 12 such reports. Then I asked how many of those had to be replaced, and he indicated 1/12. With those odds, I decided to make the repairs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th July, 2010

2005 Volvo XC90 AWD from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carNissan Pathfinder

Summary:

Not worth wasting money on

Faults:

AWD went at about 30K miles.

Fuel pump module at 90K.

Engine mount at 130K.

Radio at 110K.

GPS went at 120K.

And those are just the highlights that I can remember off the top of my head. Essentially, every year we have owned this car, service has run in the multiple thousands of dollars on top of car payments.

The only good thing I can say about the car at this time, is that the leather seats have worn very nicely.

General Comments:

I would not recommend buying this model, and I would not buy from Volvo again. It's a shame too, I appreciate the comfort and safety of their vehicles; but we're spending thousands every year to repair things that should not have gone wrong to begin with.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th January, 2010

13th Jan 2011, 12:18

I agree with you wholeheartedly. The reliability and cost to maintain my 2005 XC90 is horrific. It is now at the point where I cannot drive it any longer with out sinking another $6,000 into it.

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 13 reviews