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Volvo XC90 Maintenance and Repair

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  • I know this reply to your initial message is 2 years later, however I have had my '08 Volvo XC90 since Feb 2008 and this same "stuck in Park" problem AND the key gets stuck in the ignition. I just brought my car into the dealer this morning for the 3rd time. The first time, they "could not reproduce the problem" but they did a computer upgrade to the A/C and gave me the car back. The second time (which by the way was 2-3 weeks ago) they said there was a faulty ignition switch and they got a new one from Volvo and installed it. This morning, I had a feeling it was going to happen again because it was 40 degrees outside and this has happened when the temperature gets below 60 degrees, I noticed that when I stepped on the brake, the brake lights did NOT go on and I was unable to get the gear shift out of Park. Once the car warmed up (about 5 minutes) and I stepped on the brake, I was then able to shift the car. Once the car was in drive, I had no problem driving it back to the dealership to tell them of the problem AGAIN. When I got to the dealership, I was able to turn the car off, but, I could not get the key out of the ignition. I was actually happy that happened because they could see I was not making this story up!! I am hoping that this time they will solve the problem, however I wanted to write to you just to find out if you ever resolved this issue with you vehicle? Thanks.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,321
    hmmm... sounds like 2 problems to me. The brake lights not going on and not being able to get out of park are obviously related. The car is not sensing you are on the brake, so will not let you shift.

    The key getting stuck would normally indicate an ignition switch, but since they changed that already, I would ask them to make you a new key and see if that works.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • Thanks so much for your response. Interestingly enough, the dealership called me about an hour ago and said that even after making a new key, the problem with the ignition switch still occurred. They have decided to keep the vehicle and what until Volvo sends them another ignition switch, install it and then see what happens. My guess is that I'll be getting a new key as well.

    Still don't know what the gear shift problem is though.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,321
    You did tell them about no brakelights, right?
    That should indicate a faulty brake switch.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • jccai1jccai1 Posts: 106
    Just an update, the new gas cap seems to be doing the trick. The warning light hasn't come on since the cap was replaced. I will post again if it recurs. Thanks for all the suggestions!
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,321
    no problem. glad it worked.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • jim314jim314 Posts: 491
    Useful report; it adds to the collective database of faults and fixes,
  • My local dealer has a package to prepay for the next 4 services for my XC90 at 37.5K, 45K, 52.5K, and 60K at $1700. Do you think this is a good deal?

    I'm not sure how much I'm saving, because I can't tell how much each service costs?

    This would just be for the services, this does not imply an extended warranty.
  • iontrapiontrap Posts: 138
    I'm going to look at an 06 2.5T AWD w/36k today. Are there any specific areas to be concerned about with this model?
  • ses76ses76 Posts: 4
    I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right place but I'm hoping someone can help! We purchased a
    04 XC90 in sept. of '07. Since we've owned it we've noticed a whistling noise from, apparently, the roof/roof rack. It's just annoying...I hardly notice it but it's been driving my husband crazy and then two of his coworkers recently were in the car and commented. Now he's extremely annoyed!
    Does anyone know anything about this noise or how to fix it???
    Thanks in advance!
  • jim314jim314 Posts: 491
    Our '07 XC90 has no whistle from the roof rails, but we don't have any crossbars on. If you do have crossbars on, then you could try shifting the positions to see if that helps. If it doesn't help, then remove the crossbars and see if the whistle disappears. This should allow you to determine the exact spot of the whistling. If it is where the roofrails attach to the roof, then you could probably use some small strips of duct tape to determine the place where the whistling originates and then use some black silicone in a tube (RTV) to seal the spot.

    I would say try blowing on likely spots with a leafblower, but the horrendous noise of the leafblower would probably drown out any whistle.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,321
    The only common problem I am aware of on this model (and one that I've personally encountered twice now) are the wheel bearings. So be mindful of any droning noises. But it is covered under warranty, so you'd be OK for a little while on an '06 with 36k.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    There is a plastic piece that covers up the end of the roof rails where they meet the roof.
    Chances are, one of these peices needs replacing.
    Take it to a Volvo dealer and have them look at it.
  • It is time for our 03 XC90 headaches to end. We have been looking at Jeeps and Enclaves. Our local Volvo dealer also sells Buicks and is trying to persuade us back into another XC90 rather than an Enclave. I would love to know what he is not telling us, but that is never going to happen. Anyone out there know if Volvo has resolved all problems with the 08/09 models??? (transmissions, front end, etc) Please help if you can.
    The trade in for a loaded 03 with 49,000 miles in good condition is $9000. That really does not sound like fair price considering we thought we would be driving it for a few more years, but unfortunately the turd must go.
    Another XC90????
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,321
    As for transmission, they no longer use the 4-speed GM unit that is at the center of all the early XC90 tranny troubles.

    I don't know of what front end problems you speak.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    As gbrozen said, the GM tranny that caused all the problems is no longer used.
    The XC90 as a whole has been updated quite a bit since your 03 was built.
    As for the value of yours, please keep in mind that the value of ALL used SUV's has gone into the tank and isn't likely to recover.
    If you do want another SUV, I would suggest leasing.
  • jon40jon40 Posts: 2
    I'm having what sounds like the same problem. From cold it makes a road-speed related clicking sound under acceleration. It stops when it's been driven for less than a mile. It's quite a load noise when you listen from outside the car (with the window down). Mechanic hasn't been able to spot anything. Oddmanrush - did you ever find out what was going on?

    Cheers!
  • Our stereo keeps turning completely off with no power for no reason. Has anyone else had this problem. It will start back playing if we turn off the vehicle and restart it but how long it lasts varies before it turns off again. Any suggestions to fix without spending huge costs. We have already had the transmission replaced at 32 thousand miles and the vehicle right now only has 46 thousand miles.
  • Regarding transmission failures and transmission manufacturers.

    Our car is a 5 cyl XC90. Perhaps our transmission is not GM, and perhaps we "should not" have any issues, but our transmission is on its way to failure. We've had the warning light come up (a year after the warrantee expired, but at less than 50k miles) indicating metal shavings in the transmissions. The dealer replaced a broken PVC joint that they found, opened up and flushed the transmission for thousands of $$. Things were good for a year. A year later, the warning light came back, and our current mechanic tells us testing the transmission oil indicates imminent failure and that the transmission should be replaced.

    Sounds very similar to the stories of owners of GM transmissions. Owning an XC90 with 5 cylinders does not give you a free pass here.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,321
    Please provide more info on your vehicle. Year? AWD or FWD? Did you buy it new? What dealer did you go to?

    I'm trying to figure out why your trans had to be "opened up and flushed for thousands of $$." Do you mean hundreds of $$? Because you could get a new trans for thousands.

    Lemme ask you something else for the hell of it. How many gears does your trans have?

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • Has anyone experienced electrical problems with their XC 90. During 2008 the electrical on the dash, windows, radio, etc. has gone dead four times on our 2004 XC 90, although the car still starts and drives. It is preceded by error warning signals - both check engine systems and ABS brake failure. This happened again just about two weeks ago and the Volvo dealership claims to have replaced the CEM (central electrical module) but the same error warning lights came on again. We are out of the standard warranty period but in CA the CEM is covered by an extended emissions warranty.
  • Hi. After quite a love affair, my relationship with our 95 740il is ending. We have to break it off because she's just become too high maintenance.

    We are looking at an '06 XC90 with 27,000 miles on it or an '06 BMW 540xi with 40,000 miles on it.

    The BMW costs several thousand dollars more, and my husband loves it. I really like everything about the XC90 and the fact that it costs less is a bonus.

    How do the two vehicles compare regarding reliability and maintenance costs in the future? (FYI - we are the second owner of the 740il and have had it for 8 years....we plan to keep whatever we buy for quite a while...)

    Thanks for your help.
  • Sorry...I guess I have "40" on the brain....its a 530xi....but I bet you probably knew that....
    thanks..
  • jim314jim314 Posts: 491
    The BMW 530xi is a sedan, right? This will serve an entirely different function than a Volvo XC90 SUV. If you don't need an SUV, then get the 530xi. If you need an SUV (high ground clearance, room for trips, etc.,), then get the XC90.

    What is the fuel efficiency of the 530xi--city/highway mpg estimates?
  • the 530xi is wagon with AWD...the gas mileage is better on the 530xi ..20 something...the xc90 is 17 and 22...
  • I have a 2005 XC90. The "prepaid maintenance service" has expired, so I longer take the vehicle to the dealer for maintenace. How do I reset the "Time for Scheduled Maintenace" message? The dealer told me that this can only be done at the dealer with a computer at a cost of $50. Is this true. If so, this is really impractical. On other vehicles, you can easily reset yourself. Why would Volvo do this?
  • jliiijliii Posts: 3
    Hi, I have an '05 xc90 w/ 65k miles at the end of a lease. thinking about buying it. Has anyone had major issues with transmission or other high cost maintenance items?
  • jliiijliii Posts: 3
    I've taken my XC90 to Jiffy Lube for oil changes and they can reset it so it can be done. That's garbage that the dealer wanted to charge $50.
  • suja1suja1 Posts: 3
    If I were you, I would NOT buy this car. I have an '05 xc 90 with 68K miles and I just had to replace the transmission. Thankfully, the dealer paid the part and I paid the labor, but it still set me back $1600. This is a universal problem. Do a search of the internet and you will hear story after story. Nightmare after nightmare. Don't buy it unless you are prepared to buy a new transmission in the next few months.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,321
    Well, you, suja, have a T6. This poster has a 2.5T. Completely different transmission.

    jliii, I personally would not hesitate to buy the vehicle. It DOES have a couple of issues, like wheel bearings that seem to need replacement on a regular basis. But, other than that, I don't foresee any big problems with ours, nor have I read any consistent reports out of the ordinary for this particular model.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

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