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Volvo XC90 Maintenance and Repair



  • Both brands are costly to maintain. xc90 T6 as the transmission issues to deal with but not in this case. Said that I prefer to have the extended warranty on any european premium brands. MDX and FX are great choices for long term reliability. Good Luck
  • My wife and I just bought a 2007 XC90 3.2 with 35K miles on it. We love the vehicle but when the A/C is on it makes a whine similar to a worn power steering pump. This is the second 2007 XC90 we have driven for a couple of days and both of them had this same issue. I was just wondering if this is A) Normal and if not then B) is it a common fix others have made.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  • jim314jim314 Posts: 491
    My wife's 2007 XC90 3.2 with 19 kmi on it does not make any such sound, and it would be intolerable.

    Are you saying it sounds like a belt squealing? Is the sound coming from the compressor in the engine compartment or rather from the air handing system inside the passenger compartment?

    In any case it needs repair.
  • 2006 xc90 42000 miles. When trying to heat the car, it blows warm for 3 or 4 seconds, then cold for 3 or 4 seconds/ The pattern continues. Any idea what this could be?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    My first guess would be a thermostat is not working properly.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • Thanks. That was one of the things that crossed my mind. I appreciate the input.
  • abvbyndabvbynd Posts: 10
    HI...we have a 2005 XC90 with the V8. The V8 has a completly different transmission and we have nearly 60K and have never had a problem. We run synthetic trans fluid and also synthetic engine oil (and have since the first 500 miles). I do know however that there were many problems with the T6 trans (my sister has had several problems), it was the GM trans. The V8 trans (6 speed), is working great. No other issues with the vehicle and a,so no problems (except a problem iwth the Navigation system loosing our position, will take to Volvo for warranty). WOuld recommend trying the Goodyear Eagle ResponseEdge tires for the 19" wheels...they are great in dry, wet and snow (my borther-in-law) now uses them and doesn't have to change to Blizzaks during the winter. The V8 has been a great engine. I do recommend running synthetic oild thought, we had a 1985 760 Turbo that had nearly 500,000 miles on the engine with no problems and we ran only synthetic oil. We also have a 1998 S70 T5, with over 150,000 miles that we've only used synthetic oil really helps the engines last and increases gas mileage. The dealer always puts in our synthetic oil as I bring for every service!
  • onawhimonawhim Posts: 9
    I also have been extremely happy with my 2005 XC90 V8. In fact, I love this car. I just had it detailed and it is just like brand new. I have about 65,000 miles and aside from a couple of minor recalls and some air conditioning software issues that were easily handled, the car has been problem free. I'd love to get better mileage and will try the synthetic oil next time. I would buy this car all over again. :)
  • I purchased my 2007 XC90 in December. Totally love my car but the suspension is a bit softer than I prefer. Any suggestions as to firm it up a bit?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Heico makes a sport suspension kit for the XC90.
  • elliott5elliott5 Posts: 3
    We bought our CPO 2003 t6 xc90 from a local Volvo dealership. Needless to say, it is in the shop right now on it's 3rd transmission. I only have 76k on the car, the last tranny replaced only 24k ago. Also just replaced the drive shaft. The car is out of warranty, 3 months ago, how convenient, but it's a parts replacement warranty on the tranny because it was just replaced. So no out of pocket for any of the transmissions, but it makes me wonder what keeps making this fail??????
  • Has anyone had issue with the cooling hose blowing off and cooking the engine? Very sudden, no warning until we're up in smoke. Result is chernobyl under the bonnet. Quote for repair is close to AUS$10,000 and the warranty I have (not Volvo) will not cover it as they call it 'overheating'. Anybody got any comment on this? I need help and advice as to how I might claim this catastrophe!!
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Sad to say that cooling hoses don't just pop off unless a) they were improperly installed or b) brittle with age
    No warranty will cover hoses anyway, not even the factory one.
  • Hello
    The DVD player is not working in my XC90..
    Any Idea what might be the case. It says DVD is unreadable..
    I have tried several DVD's.
    Is it something the dealer would look at.. and how much do they typically charge.
    Can an audio tech fix these things..
    I live in the Toronto area.
  • jim314jim314 Posts: 491
    The single disc DVD player on my wife's 2007 XC90 malfunctioned while under warranty--wouldn't read discs and would start looking for a disc when none was inserted and the radio selected. The whirring sound was how we detected that the player was not working. If I inserted a disc, it sometimes refused to eject it.

    The dealer ordered a replacement, but when that one was installed it would not work and held the disc the mechanic inserted. The dealer ordered another player and it worked. I suppose it still works, we hardly ever use it. The function screen on the 2nd replacement indicates it can accept multiple discs, but I haven't tried to insert more than one.
  • 34K on my 2006 2.5T AWD XC90. I have babied this thing since I bought it in April 2006. I called the dealer to get pricing on the 37500 Scheduled Maintenance and was quoted $325. This isnt a bank braker but I asked what would be done and was told the following:

    Lube a ton of stuff on the car (What is lubed and is it super important?)
    Oil Change (Express Tire Quoted me 11.99)
    Brake Fluid Exchange (Express Tire quoted me 59.99)
    Engine Air Filter Cartridge Replacement (Is this something I can do myself? I swapped out my filter for a K&N so I wonder if I can change the cartridge)

    I also asked about tire rotation (Express Tire quoted me 75.00 for Oil Change, Tire Rotation and Balance in place of the 11.99 above)

    Now express Tire probably isnt volvo but for a little over 130 bucks (Minus the lubing and Air Cartridge replacement), is it worth it to take it to volvo?

    Thanks in advance for feedback.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    The Edmunds Maintenance Guide will tell you what Volvo recommends be done and it'll estimate what the service should cost in your zip code.

    You may decide to do more than what's recommended by Volvo, but remember that most service writers work on commission and they'll try to upsell you on stuff that may not be needed.

    The 37.5k service for my zip should cost $59. :)
  • Thanks, according to edmunds, mine should run 71 bucks but that doesnt speak to Air Filter Cartridge Replacement and brake fluid replacement, both mentioned in the service manual.

    So not sure thats very accurate.

    The labor rate is totally wrong. Their labor rate is way too low, thats what I should get charged for doing it myself.
  • chellgrlchellgrl Posts: 2
    I am about to "sign on the dotted line" for 2008 XC90 with 13K miles and in some last minute research, I keep finding people who say or write that the maintenance on this vehicle (and / or Volvo's in general) is higher than some comparative vehicles.

    Will you please share your experience and whether or not there is unusually high maintenance associated with this vehicle?

  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    A "comparative" vehicle is an Audi, Bimmer or Benz.
    Not a Honda or a Toyota.
    So, Volvo maintenance isn't more than the Germans, in some cases it is less.
    It is more than the Japanese or domestic brands.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    Apparently free downloads of Volvo owner manuals has gone away, unless they are available through The Vine.

    Your link seems to indicate that the brake fluid and air filter are inspect and replace if needed items.

    Labor rates come from the usual flat rate books that most garages use to estimate jobs.

    Chellgrl, the True Cost to Own tool will let you compare maintenance costs against other vehicles.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,091
    I beg to differ. I haven't found my Volvos to be any more expensive than my Hondas. :)

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • There was awhile there that I would dispute that Volvo maintenance was comparable to Honda's. However, after just spending roughly $1600 on new brakes and 4 new tires for a less-than-3-year-old Civic with under 35,000 miles, I truly am left wondering just how badly Honda has been hurtin' these days - and how much I got totally screwed over?? Most of this car's mileage has been highway driving. Was I a fool to agree to this? Beats me, but I've got to at least go with 'probably!'.....
  • maybabe80maybabe80 Posts: 3
    Help!! My v90's sunroof was left open all night and we experienced lots of rain overnight and wasn't discovered until this morning around 9 a.m. :( I am so upset. I believe while closing it (using the auto-close feature) there was a tiny crack left open (very small when I found this morning, just enough for moisture and condensation to get through). It looks like the moisture was contained to the sides of the car, mainly the upholstery on the door frames and the upholstery on the roof near the sunroof part. I was going to blow-dry the areas to prevent molding issues - what is the best advice? Should I take it somewhere and have it professionally done? I am so scared that molding will occur and I know it needs to be handled ASAP! Thank you, Mandy...
    wanted to add, I've read online about: open a bag of kitty littler on the floor boards, coffee grounds, run AC on full blast, blow dry....
  • jim314jim314 Posts: 491
    A hair dryer could damage materials. If you use it on the headliner, keep your other hand in the air stream to insure that you aren't overheating the material.

    If you have a shop vac, use it to vac the floor carpeting, the seats, and door panels--anything that won't be damaged by strong suction. Don't vac the speakers! If you don't have a shop vac, go to a self-serve car wash which has them.

    If the headliner got wet, then experiment with using a vac with reduced suction. Be careful not to damage the headliner. After you have gotten as much water out as you can with the vac, then use fans to circulate the air in the car.

    Alternatively start the engine and turn on the a/c (not on recirc) and turn the heat and fan to the highest settings. Use all the vents--windshield vents, dash vents, floor vents. Shut the doors and allow to run for a half hour. This will flood the inside of the car with dry, warm air.
  • polar_bearpolar_bear Posts: 6
    New to owning a Volvo
    I need some Rims for my 2005 XC90. I need 18" Rims for the winter. at the moment I have the alloy rims and I was told to remove them and use the STEEL ones during the winter..
    I am also looking for a place to buy parts from. I need to replace my outer Tire Rod.
    I live in Ontario canada..
    ;) Thanks
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,091
    Well, I can only share US places, but for wheels/tires, I suggest I would suggest against 18" personally. Tires for 17" wheels are typically cheaper and there are more options. I don't know why they would have to be steel. It really doesn't matter.

    As for your tie rod, I have always had good experiences with However, you will need an alignment after replacing a tie rod, so it almost isn't worth doing it yourself.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • jim314jim314 Posts: 491
    I second the opinion that you don't need 18" wheels. Stick with 17".

    Possibly the opinion you got was from someone thinks steel wheels would last longer on salted roads. I doubt Volvo sells steel wheels for the XC90. If you get any aftermarket wheels, be sure they have the correct offset for the XC90. Steel would surely be cheaper.
  • koramickoramic Posts: 1
    I have same problem how did you fix?
  • rathi60rathi60 Posts: 5
    Quick update I replaced my 4 tires (GY assurance triple tread), break rotors and pads 50000km and at 60000km service the Tire ware was at - 11/32" . 1/32' for 10000km Brake pads frt 9mm and rear 11mm pads left on them. I live in a big city and my driving ratio is 60% city and 40% hwy.Normal ware and tare for a suv of this size :) . Things done under warty so far,
    1. Break booster
    2. frt bearing
    3. drive shafts
    4. windshield washer motor
    5. alarm sensor
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