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Volvo XC90 Maintenance and Repair



  • I have a 2007 XC90 Sport V8 and noticed that when accelerating from a stop, the engine feels "rough" and I notice a high frequency vibration. This goes away in second gear. Also upon stopping, it feels as if the car performs two slight jerks.

    has anyone else experienced this? Or is this normal Volvo behavior?

  • Go to your local dealer and tell them this. Tell them that there is a tech-net note (#40-02) that should fix your problem. If you purchased this after 02/12/07 the dealer should have done this to your vehicle before you got it. I am pretty sure this will resolve your problem
  • Thanks skeeter! Is there a way to view the tech note online before going to the dealer? I ask because I just got the car back after week at the dealer to fix a bad oxygen sensor and they apparently didn't perform the fix.

    here is a link where you can browse and purchase the tech notes if you want.
  • dick60dick60 Posts: 12
    I drove my daughter's new 2007 XC90 last week and was so disappointed with the drivability of the vehicle. She has 5700 miles and has the 3.2 engine. First, the steering is totally numb and has no self centering functionality. I was consistantly fighting to steer the wheel to a neutral position. If I didn't the car would wander dangerously into the next lane. Secondly, the transmission is contantly surging the engine and shifting. It appears to have no torque to keep the car in a selected gear. Third, the little lights that tell you what fan speed and A/C control is on are so small and so faint that in the daytime they are invisible. To think she is spending over $500 a month to lease this defective vehicle blows my mind.

    By the way, I drive a BMW 528i and a classic Corvette. But, I just rented a Cobalt on vacation and had a great time with this low end Chevy.
  • roper6roper6 Posts: 8
    After eight e-mails to Volvo Service and a letter to Ann Belec at Volvo North America, I was finally offered a free extended warranty on my 04 XC90. My local dealership will absorb the $100.00 deductible. So I figured that was not too bad. This is after eighteen trips to the dealer for problems. One front steering rack, rear differential and four, yes four rear wheel bearings, and other issues too numerous to mention.
    Then I took it in to have the tie rods changed under the last recall, 500 miles later the front tires were shot, OK, they had about 40k on them. Not too shabby, I put on a new set of Continentals, less than 5000 miles later, they are shot. Back to Volvo to have them check alignment, everything is OK they say. Continental replaces the tires fro $120.00. Not too bad I think, now 1500 miles later there is already a noticeable difference in the wear on the front tires. Me thinks it's time to dump this lemon.... :lemon: Anyone else had this many issues?
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,830
    nice move with the free extended warranty, roper6. sounds like you handled the situation well. avoid/dump the Conti tires. Try Toyos or Yokos. Or goodyear. sounds like you've gotta have an alignment problem with the vehicle too. we've had no probs with our 2004 xc90. if yours is a lemon, you know it best, trade it if you can afford to. life is too short.
    dick60, you are probably right about the lack of torque causing gear-hunting by the trans. i have the 2.5T xc90 and it torques ok off the line, but aside from that it is slow.
    your daughter's car needs an alignment and maybe a better set of tires. she can get at least one free alignment at the dealership under warranty. i have noticed the same thing about the lights for the AC fan during daylight. i find automatic AC systems rather annoying most of the time.
    when getting an alignment, always insist to see the before/after alignment specs so you can see if anything was really changed.
  • onemarbayonemarbay Posts: 1
    Apparently have a leak in the AWD angle joint transfer case..."not a serviceable seal"...$2,300 replacement on a 2004 XC90 with < 60,000 miles. No evidence of a leak where the car is parked. Is anyone else familiar with this? Either I am being ripped off now or I was ripped off when I bought this vehicle.
  • guyfguyf Posts: 456
    I had this issue while still under warranty. They just changed the seal! Try another dealer!
  • dmedmondsdmedmonds Posts: 4
    I purchased the vehicle in January 2003 and was proud to be one of the first owners of an exciting new model. Since that time, I have become increasingly disappointed with the reliability of the car and the amount of work that has been performed on it. Aside from routine maintenance and some more minor repairs, the following
    In the first year of owning the vehicle, the entire audio system needed to be replaced.
    In October of 2004 the front axle needed to be replaced.
    After multiple occurrences of the vehicle failing to start, the battery needed to be replaced.
    I just learned this morning that the vehicle needs a complete new transmission.
    Items 1 and 2 were performed under warranty, but in discussion with my service advisor, I was told this morning that the cost of a new transmission will be $4,472 plus tax. While the cost of a transmission is understandably high, to need a replacement of this magnitude for a car that is only 4 years old is appalling. The vehicle has relatively low mileage of 45,000 and has been well cared for and maintained.

    I've totally lost faith in Volvo and don't know what to do.
  • chiefstonerchiefstoner Posts: 14
    amen. Volvo has a big transmission problem and they offer no help after your warranty
    expires. 45k miles is when they fail. Do I hear class action?
  • guyfguyf Posts: 456
    Are we talking 4 speed (T6) or 5 speed (2.5T) transmission here?
  • jp666jp666 Posts: 15
    I am at 42,000 miles on my 2004 XC 90 T6 and getting a bit worried with the comments about the transmission issues.

    I am experiencing a creaking noise that seems to be coming from the front passenger area under the dashboard that happens every so often and not constant..sounds like when you walk up old steps....

    Has anyone experienced anything like this ?

    I have the car scheduled for service on Friday to check it out.
  • xc90sportxc90sport Posts: 10
    I just leased a 2007 XC90 Sport. For some reason, my drivers door, front passenger door and even rear passenger door mysteriously pop open while driving. A friend of mine has a 2005 and she mentioned she has the same issue on occassion and the dealer has been unable to fix. I do not have the automatic door locks enabled and regardless of whether the doors are locked are not, they pop open. They don't completely open, just unlatch and then need reclosing. Additionally, my rear passenger doors sometimes after this happens, won't open at all. I have to enable then disable the child proof locks via the switch on the dash then the door can be used. Has anyone else experienced something similar? :confuse:
  • avery1avery1 Posts: 372
    Sounds dangerous. I would leave the car at the dealer, demand a loaner and tell them to call me when it is fixed.
  • rashidirashidi Posts: 18
    Short Version;
    Went to indenpendent shop and they filled the steering fluid. I haven't heard the suspension noise for 2 days now!

    Long Version;
    Took my XC90 V8 2005 for 30k service at Volvo dealer. Also showed them the consistent groaning noise from suspension at low speeds, especially when pulling into a parking spot.
    They gave the car back with "no problems found" and quote of $600+ for front rotors and pads.
    I took my XC90 to an indepentdent shop across the dealer that specializes in Volvo. I dropped the car off at 12noon and 4pm got a call everything done. Brakes replaced $370 (volvo parts) and suspension noise resolved by filling steering fluid which was below minimum.

    I was shocked that the dealer completed my 30k and sent me off with below minimum steering fluid and even more shocked I haven't heard the suspension noise for 2 days! It was really annoying the heck out of me.

    Any suggestions for actions against the dealer for doing a 30k service with low steering fluid? At a minimum they are offering to refund the $30.

    I still need to spend $900 for 4 tires 30k for new michelins... costco had the best price. Any suggestions for making the dealer pay for the one tire the is bald on the edge, when the other tires still have some life?

    Thanks for your comments.
  • kbenkben Posts: 2
    My transmission and radiator went on my 2003 XC90, 2 months after the warranty expired. I only have 33,000 miles on it. They what to charge me about $6300, I told them no way was I going to pay for a car that has only 33,000, little over 4 years and I rarely drive the car. No one at Volvo wants to hear it. I was wondering who can I write to at Volvo that would listen and make a wise decision before I take legal action. I paid a ton of money for this car and I was one of the first to buy it in NYC. I now live in NJ but both dealership gave me the same answer, no good will. I told them I will fight this legally since the car has low mileage and is only 4 years and 2 months, any suggestions?

    Thanks, Kay
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Legally,you don't have a leg to stand on.
    The Volvo warranty is 4 years OR 50,000 miles whichever comes first.
    Volvo doesn't have to do anything to help you,and threatening them won't move them to do so.
    Now, I am assuming that you serviced the car regularly with your dealer and they have the records.
    IF the car has been properly serviced,you should be able to prevail upon Volvo to pick up part of the cost of repairing your car.
    Now,if the car hasn't been seen by the dealer since it left as a new car,and you have been belligerent,then all bets are off.
    Good Luck.
  • smwls8smwls8 Posts: 103
    You guys are scaring me. My wife drives our kids in an 2005 T6 AWD. It currently has 41,000 miles, and has been very reliable. I had hoped by the 2005 model year some of the earlier kinks I have read about here would have been ironed out, but now I'm not so sure. Should I spend $1,900 on an extended warranty thru the dealer before the factory warranty runs out in 9,000 miles? It would take me to June,2010 or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. My father-in-law is driving a 2001 Exploder with 313,000 miles with original transmission,engine,etc. You guys have really got me worried. I read this forum before buying this car, and thought most of the problems were in 03 and 04. Help!
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,936
    This is a "repair" discussion so there's not much incentive for owners without problems to make a post in here. ;) Try asking in the Volvo XC90 SUV discussion for more reliability comments.

    You may want to check out the Extended Warranties discussion too.
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