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Volvo XC90 T6 Transmission



  • I got transmission service required light 7 days ago. Went to a dealer in downtown Los Angeles, they said transmission is fine, no problems, I need to replace a sensor though. $640!!! Ok, i cough up $640. 7 days later i go for a trip to Yosemite, on the way back i see infamous urgent transmission service light. Since I already browsed through this forum I expected the worse. Luckily I was able to get back to town and this morning I went to a dealer. Short diagnostic, 4th gear is slipping, some fluid in the transmission, NEED REPLACEMENT!!! Hold on, didn't you say 7 days ago transmission was fine !?!?!??!!??!? The service guy asked for an extended warranty (which I don't have - I assumed car like Volvo would be a great investement - FOR LIFE - mistake!!!) but I immediately mentioned this forum and all the cases I've read about-then his attitude changed, and he simply said to take car back home and that he'll contact Volvo regarding the matter and will let me know results. Well, we'll see....I owned S80 before and I loved my 2005 XC90 T6, but I'd never buy it if I knew they put GMC tranny inside it. I bought it because I wanted Swedish quality, not Detroit crap. I thought I'd stick with Volvo for long time, but now...let's see what their service will do, if they don't step up the plate to fix it, I'll post this everywhere, facebook, twitter, forums, write all the letters you guys advised to write, join whatever lawsuit that might come up. This is just ridiculous, the recall should've been announced long time ago. I'll keep everybody updated, hopefully Volvo is still worth its name.
  • Well, fellow xc90'ers I got the call today, the 3rd gear was out and no coolant in the tran. fluid, but they did find metal. So, the radiator and lines have to be replaced and w/o a single phone call to NJ they are replacing 100% of everything, minus the $150 diagnostic charge. WOW, good luck to everyone.

  • I lease a 2009 XC-90 has only 15,000 miles on it. While driving on a highway my Volvo just stopped running...shut right down while I was going 70 mph. The electronic indicator read "anti skid message" and then "check engine message". Once I sat on the side of the highway I was able to drive it back home (130 miles one way). I brought to the dealership and they found no problems. A month later the same thing happened on a 30 mile round trip....eight times the car just shut off while power steering...just shut off. Anyone else ever had this problem? I'm bringing back to dealer asap. Hopefully something in the electronics that's an easy fix. Thank god this is a lease!
  • I have gotten the anti-skid message at least 20 times since I bought mine in 2007, but the only time I powered down was when I was sliding in ice and it was burning the engine. I think that was a safety mech to protect the car. Sounds like yours may have been, too? Did all the lights come on when it stalled? What did the exclamation point do?
  • The anti skid message was coming on while I was driving on a dry surface and then the car just shut off...the only lights that came on was the dashboard was all lit up with check engine lights and all the other possible messages that could come up on the dashboard. First the anti skid message then "check engine" message. The Volvo mechanics changed the key switch yesterday thinking that was the problem. When I left the garage the problem started right up again on the way out of the dealership..just shut down and never started up again. Now they tore out my auto car starter thinking that was the problem (possibly a bad module). I've had a auto car starter in every vehicle I've owned over the past 15 years with no problems. I'll know today if the car starts and stays running once they've pulled the car starter out.
  • Jared,
    Glad to hear your situation worked out. Today, on my way to the office, I was sitting at a red light. When the light turned green, I tried to accelerate and crash, sounded like a had metal in a wood chipper under my hood. Suffice to say, when the car is off and in park, it rolls around like neutral. Not good. I am waiting on a call from the trans. shop with the bad news. Question is, how did you get your work done at no charge (other than $150)?
  • csg5csg5 Posts: 2
    I own a Volvo 2005 XC90 and it has 54K miles on it. In November we started hearing a whirring sound and took it to the dealer. They said the rear hub bearings have to be changed, wasn't convinced and took it to my mechanic who works on my Toyota Avalon and he thought it was the rear differential and asked us to go back to Volvo as this shouldn't happen at this mileage and may be it is a known problem!! So we went back to the dealer this month and asked them to check again as we thought it was more than the bearings and my be the differential. They came back and said, yes it is the differential. The service adviser coated $5,200+tax for the whole job. When we said since the car was serviced all the time at the dealers they should take care of it even though the warranty was up. The service manager reviewed the case and said he will talk to Volvo in NJ. They came back yesterday and said Volvo would cover the parts and I would have to pay $1400+tax. Thought it was not a bad deal and asked them to go ahead. I then started to browse the net and stumbled on this form!!! boy'Oboy...Now I am scrambling to buy extended warranty on this car. Any suggestions? I have been driving my Avalon for 14 yrs and never had any issues..just regular maintenance has 170K mi on it....
  • I am an Air Force member stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. I bought this US spec XC90 from the original owner on 30 Oct 07 who was also stationed here. The XC90 was purchased in the States. The original owner had the transmission replaced in Germany at ~64,000 miles. The 2nd transmission just failed after 33,000 miles and 2.5 years. The German Volvo dealer quoted me ~ 4,500 euro to replace it, which is $6,452 at the exchange rate.

    I called Volvo of North America Customer Care. The lady told me they couldn't help since the vehicle was overseas, and that Volvo of Europe couldn't help since it was a US spec vehicle. She said to have it repaired and send them the bill with all other documentation and "they" would review it on a case-by-case basis. I asked if they could assist me with contacting Volvo headquarters in Sweden, and she said "they" didn't talk with them. Completely unsympathetic.

    You know the rock and a hard place? I feel like I'm in it with no one to help.

    Happy holidays to everyone,

  • laws65laws65 Posts: 64
    Hi Rob,

    I can only tell you what I did here in the States and you can make a decision/or do some research and see if there are corresponding type folks in Germany.

    1. File a complaint on line with Volvo
    2. File a complaint with the NTSB online
    3. File a complaint with the Attorney General
    4. File a complaint with Consumer Protection

    These worked for myself and approximately 11 others of us. For items 3 and 4, I'd check and see who in your city/state/etc would be similar.
    And keep complaining, unfortunately, as with anything in our lives, the more you complain, the more things get addressed.
    Good luck, I'll wish you the best, and please let me know if I can be of more help.
    Take care.

  • jkjpdxjkjpdx Posts: 2
    Purchased my 2004 XC90 T6 in Oct-2009. Today I began accelerating and all of a sudden there was no power. It is definitely the transmission. It doesnt seem to shift up and is extremely sluggish. I put it into Reverse and nothing. Also, after re-starting, it surged forward even though it was in Park. While still in Park, I reved up engine and it lunged forward slightly. Really weird. I am in Beaverton OR, near Portland. Please advise.
  • I'm in Camas and have a GREAT Volvo guy, but if you want to file a claim, you need to go to a dealership. I'm interested to hear what happens- good luck!
  • G'day from WA!

    Yesterday (NYE) the wife's 2004 XC90's transmission gave up the ghost and on her first call to Barbagello Volvo they said it was likely it would require a new box - $8000 and a two week wait. Pretty severe over the phone diagnosis for a problem that doesn't exist.

    Could xc90volvomum or agitlits post details of their contact within Volvo Australia to start talking about getting some "good will" assistance with the repair. I'm not expecting to pay nothing but there does appear to be a case to be answered.

    Disappointed - I work away and reliability was a big factor in buying a Volvo for a family car.

    Thanks, Marty.
  • Hello Marty,

    I'm really sorry to hear about your problem. I haven't had the same one with my XC90 T6 yet, but probably is only a matter of time!

    I am so paranoid about this problem that I emailed Volvo Australia in advance to see what I should do *if* the problem should occur with my car. Anyway, I just emailed general Volvo customer hotline which was

    I can forward to you their exact response, if you like. Just drop me a line at

    Their response was that each "Good Will" assistance case is considered on a case-by-case basis. This, I presume, means the service history of your vehicle, etc. However, the response was in August 25 and I suspect that they may have become more lenient since there is now a pending class action in the USA regarding this exact matter.

    What I would do first if I were you is to lodge case with Volvo Australia and then they will tell you to take the vehicle to the dealership for proper diagnosis. I suspect there will be at least partial assistence from Volvo Australia.

    Please email me if you want the exact response and also to talk about it.

    Please, also let me know how you go as I am really interested in the outcome.

    Best wishes,

  • jkjpdxjkjpdx Posts: 2
    Glad to hear about your miracle. My 2004 XC90 T6 transmission just failed (I assume) on Thursday. I have not contacted anyone yet over this long holiday weekend. I am in the Portland OR area. After reading this website, I assume that I should contact the nearest Volve dealer for help first.
  • My 2003 XC90 T6 has started to skip like the transmission is slipping when I accelerate is this a sign the transmission is starting to go out?
  • laws65laws65 Posts: 64
    Hi jimxc90,

    Sounds like it. Did the Service transmission light come on?

  • I too have begun to experience transmission issues - 2004, XC-90 T-6 AWD with 86,000 miles - while the car accelerates and appears to go through the gears, it presents a loud "racing sound" that gives the impression it is still in a lower gear - as if you were in second gear but still traveling at 60 mph.
    Can any one share experiences with pursuing this with the dealer and what was most successful...Thanks so much,
  • laws65laws65 Posts: 64

    Welcome to the unfortunate club known as the XC 90 transmission failures.

    First, complain to Volvo and put it in writing-can do it online.
    Second, same thing to the NTSB.
    Third, online complaint to your state's Atty General
    Fourth, online complaint to your state's Consumer Protection.

    Then let Volvo know all the people you are complaining to as this shouldn't have happened and you are fully aware Volvo is replacing these transmissions and radiators, including cooling lines for free.

    See how that works, and keep us posted on your progress! Best of luck!
    So far, this has worked for eleven people, and myself as well!
  • joeiwmsjoeiwms Posts: 10
    I have a 2005 XC90 T6. Recently it was smoking from the tailpipe and I took it to the Volvo dealership and they replaced the breather box. It still smoked when I brought it home so they said it was the turbo and replaced it. About one week later the "service transmissioin urgent" light came on. I took it to another volvo specialist and the reset the light and changed the transmission fluid. I brought it home and about 2 weeks later while driving it lost power and the "service transmission urgent" light came on and now the car smokes and has no power. Any suggestions about these transmissions or these problems?
  • I experienced the same problem 3 weeks ago with transmission warning, and now it's at volvo dealer for transmission replacement. I took the matter up to Volvo Canada for free replacement as there is a manufacturing defect with these T6 models, which volvo does not want to agree, but as per volvo technicians it is a manufacturing defect. I am now waiting for their decision and will post the outcome.
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