21st Sep 2016, 06:15

Original poster here. Yes I will have to agree with that. I tried Swedish Performance Parts upper spring seats and strut mounts, and they turned out to be bad, which is frustrating, because it was a big job. I replaced them with Lemforder, and not a peep came from the front after that.

I have 306,000 on it now, and it's turned out to be a great rig. I have stopped having issues with it, so I started doing some mods to enjoy it more (I put 50,000 km on a year, so might as well enjoy it)...

I found some "Calcite" leather interior and two toned black/calcite door panels and arm rest, and did the swap. It looks much nicer than the all off-black interior. I also changed the amp under the passenger seat, and added the center speaker, and had Volvo do the software upgrade, so I now have Premium Audio. Then, I bought a set of used "Erakir" 19 inch rims from a 2013 XC70, and brought them to a machine shop to have the bore enlarged to fit the XC90...

It looks good, and I am happy enough with it, that when it comes time to replace it, I will buy another XC90.

19th Jan 2019, 12:01

XC90 2.5T AWD. I had too many problems with this model, but with the engine and Aisin transmission, no problems. At almost 120000 miles I changed a lot of parts, also several factory recalls.

Bevel gears replaced at 70000 miles, costly.

It's funny that we need to change front bearings on the wheels at 20000 miles and rear at 50000 miles etc... Wheel bearings fail mostly in areas with winter, road salt. Check with cover lid design if leaking on this year on the CEM, as this is also common problem in heavy raining countries...