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Volvo XC90 T6 Transmission



  • jennellejennelle Posts: 6
    Huge news today. For those that haven’t already heard. My 2005 VolvoXC90 w 60,000 mile transmission failed. $8000.00 to repair. I learned from blogs it was a defective part several class action law suits. At first they said so sorry, out of warranty. Next they offered to pay 5%, next they offered $2000., next offer was $2750. Over the past month I’ve been through hell without a car. Following the advice on the blogs I went directly to Volvo Canadian or No Amer. main office. They instructed me what to do. I did it and long story short, today I got a call. Volvo is replacing my transmission FREE! Moral of the story… FIGHT BACK. Now all I need is a ride to pick it up ;)
    My advice, do not take the car anywhere until you talk to Volvo No Amer or Canada. Let no one touch the car, reset the codes or open the transmission. I could have resolved this much faster has I called Volvo corp office 1st. I spent $550.00 for diagnoses from local mechanic, $295. towing to closest Volvo dealer and about $400-$500 hundred on rental cars. Not happy about that
  • ekochergaekocherga Posts: 1
    Jennelle, who did you contact at Volvo North America? Do you have an email/contact number?

    Thanks in advance,

  • nycjswnycjsw Posts: 15
    I got a letter in the mail about a settlement involving Volvo XC 90 2003-2005 T6. You can find out more by going to

    It doesn't apply to me b/c I sold my 2004 T6 w/ 80K miles in 2010 out of fear the transmission would fail. It was loaded with everything and I only got $8K at Carmax. All trade in prices were way low and everyone cited the transmission problems - even a Volvo dealership. I was looking at a used BMW there. I'll never buy another Volvo again! I feel the settlement should include a payout because you were clearly damaged even if the transmission didn't fail.
  • Eugene, Just google Volvo No Amer. or Volvo Canadia. Call and ask for Customer relation re Volvo XC 90 transmissions. They will open a case. Tell you where to take your car and then they will contact dealer for you.
  • Did Volvo resolve the XC90 transmission issues of 2003-2005 with a different or improved transmission in the later year models? Have excessive tire wear, other mechanical problems and electrical problems continued to bug the 2006 through present models?
  • I can only speak for what Volvo did with my transmission failure to answer your question: they replaced it (at 79,000 miles) with a new transmission at an authorized Volvo dealer that was made from differently sourced parts than what the failed unit was made of. After almost a year on the new transmission (now with almost 90,000 miles on the car), it runs and shifts like a new car; I've had no issues with the work. While Volvo paid for the new transmission, I had to pay the labor. However, the class action suit involving Volvo over this problem is now under way, where those who elect to sign on may be eligible for a 50% return on whatever they paid to have their XC90 transmissions repaired / replaced; that was good news for many of us. Not sure if that helps, but hope you meet with success on yours.

    As to any alleged electrical / other issues with the XC90s, I've not experienced any such things with mine. I have minimal-to-normal wear on tires and brakes (I drive about 10-12,000 miles p/yr), and all systems work flawlessly (so far).
  • klbedwklbedw Posts: 1
    Has anyone heard of this happen with an 2006 model, i currently own a 2006 XC90 V8...
    Suddenly at 20,000 miles i brought it to my dealership because the transmission started to "jump" or get stuck occasionally.... was told nothing wrong cant duplicate.... i brought in again and same story! Then i brought in for 50,000 miles for same issue but happening All the time..... And was told need new transmission! Oh and its out of warranty! said it will cost close to $8,000. I told them its an on going problem had them check it for last 30,000miles its all documented... service department said we will keep car and go over all service records i have had and contact the corporate office to see if they will replace it. They had my car for 6 weeks which is a huge inconvenience, i am a mother of 3 all under age of 5! finally i call to see whats going on and am told well we dont see that you had a service/oil change at this ______mileage... I said yes i did its stamped in my book in glove compartment... done at a friends body shop.
    I am told my book is suddenly missing and can't be confirmed so NO GO on a new transmission! My fault because i can't confirm 1 service/oil change....

    Then i start reading about all these transmission errors on 03-05 T6, but everything thats i have read matches my car! I went to an outside tranny specialist and he found I didn't have to replace tranny yet but a different part now a year later I for sure have to have a new tranny!

    FUSTRATED have no idea where to go and what to do - ANY SUGGESTIONS
  • kdvt26kdvt26 Posts: 3
    I have a 2006 XC90 V8 AWD with only 61,000 miles and today I was told I need a new transmission and radiator for $7000 by my local Volvo dealership which is the only place I have ever taken my SUV to have work done. Even though all scheduled maintenance and inspections have been done on time and reported no issues. This trans/radiator defect was discovered during one of these scheduled maintenance checks! Are there any recalls for 2006 transmission/radiators? I refuse to pay for this, does anyone have suggestions for how to get a hold of someone at Volvo USA? I have submitted a complaint through their website but want to speak to someone. I also saw something about a class action lawsuit? Any info to get Volvo USA to pay for this would be so appreciated.
  • Get the phone number for the head office and tell them your situation and be firm that you want Volvo to pay for BOTH parts and labour. This is a well documented fact that they put in a faulty tranny and by no means should a car of this class have a transmission blow up at under 100km or 100 miles. Look up all the web posts and print some off. Tell them you have read numerous cases where Volvo has paid for replacement and labour (not in Canada just parts I'm out $1500 for their faulty tranny) The radiator always needs to be replaced with the tranny and they know exactly what it is all about so make sure you are well prepared and know the facts from the backloads of posts on here!!! Just google for the head office number and get a case file going. They will need your VIN number and it will be easy to see all service records from the Volvo dealership you have gone to. Do NOT do anything until you talk to head office, state you case and be firm that you want this matter dealt with in a timely fashion etc....This should be a worldwide RECALL but they only do it on case by case and a lot of people have just paid the $7000 and Volvo gets away with this! It is disgraceful!!! Let us know how you made out with you call!!!
  • My XC90 transmission is slipping. Called Volvo of Canada and they offered me $1800, but it's gonna cost me $5000 and rental expense. Just sick and tired of this.
    Time for a Class Action Lawsuit against Volvo of Canada. Anyone in!?
  • I'm in...why are they not offering to replace the parts on their faulty transmission??? This is a well documented fact that they put in the crappy GM transmission and they all break down by 100km give or take on either side of that milage. You need to document your case and demand they pay for the parts (new tranny and radiator, hoses etc...) I guess you have to wait until the tranny blows on you like mine did with no warning light. Could have been on the Hwy with kids or in an intersection like so many have before me and you lose all power. Volvo is suppose to be SAFTETY 1st and they need to do a total RECALL for this as it is BS all around putting lives in danger just waiting for the tranny to implode...nice Volvo!!! Never will I buy another...your SUV now rund like a TANK!!! Dont expect the SUV to run better after a new tranny...just the opposite...mine is SLOW and guzzles even more gas per km!!! It reves weird from gear 2-3 and has absolutely no GUTS and has depreciated to under $10,000 whereas the BMW is still in the mid-high teens for the X5 2004. Dont take the $1800 and I guess like all the others before you... you will have to wait until it blows!!! Nice customer care!!! Then you get a free diagostic (call around and get a free one before you tow it to the dealership and make sure you get a break on the work...I paid $1500 tax included in POCO BC and Volvo paid for all parts and 2 year warranty) You need to read all these blogs to get your facts straight on what other have recieved from Volvo Canada and be ready to present your case. Let us know the outcome...
  • Requests to opt out of the settlement with Volvo NA must be post marked by 9/08/12. The website to get addresses is My 2004 original transmission was paid by Volvo at about 75K miles, but the 2nd one just went out at 131K miles, so my claim would not be compensated under the settlement. Good luck to you all.
  • I have Volvo XC90 T6 2004 model which I purchased in the US and recently brought it to Canada when we moved to Toronto last year. Today, I brought the car in to Volvo Toronto as I've noticed it slipping/skipping, and I was given an estimate of $8000 to fix the transmission problem (OR the Volvo Toronto dealership will buy my car at $1000). I'd gotten the class action law suit letter awhile back but I disregarded it as my car seemed fine back then. So, I am not too sure what I should do at this point. Can somebody give me some advice as to how to approach this problem?
  • Well if you are American and bought the car in US you can file under that is on the internet. I think there is a deadline so get on it and also contact the Volvo headquarters and state you have the 2004 t6 with the well known faulty transmission and want the parts covered like others through their customer loyalty program'll have to jump through some hoops and read a few hours of transcripts off the internet as this is a well documented problem that should be a worldwide recall!!! Let us know how you make out.
  • Trany failure is most common in T6 model. T6 model uses a GM trany that is not meant for the XC90. However it was internally modified for Volvo specs. (GM makes one of the best trany’s in the world and used in many luxury cars however Volvo needed a compact unit to fit in the engine bay and the options were limited)

    Three major factors that causes the trany failure.

    1. Internal trany failure due to high torque. (Unable to handle the engine power)
    2. Coolant antifreeze leaks in to the trany and causing it to fail. (Bad seal in the tranny cooler)
    3. CV axel lubricant leaks in to the trany and causing it to fail. (Seals between axel and trany fail)

    For fixing the trany,

    1. Dealer will change all the items that relates to the failure regardless of the type of failure and the cost to this is around $8500. This will prevent future failure due to other factors.
    2. Transmission shop will rebuild & install the trany unit for $4500. (Not fixing the actual cause and replacing the necessarily parts. This will cause the trany to fail multiple times. Therefore if you choose to it by an Independent mechanic make certain all the parts related to the failure as been changed or most likely your new trany will fail soon.

    I hope this helps. Good Luck!
  • My 2003 XC90 transmission failed, with 112k miles on it, completely out of the blue. In fact, I had just spent $1300 on service and other issues a couple weeks prior, and there was no indication it was slipping. According to the class action suit website, cars over 100k aren't eligible. I also just missed the deadline for the claim. I called the North American Volvo office to start a claim, but they told me I had to have my car towed to a dealership to verify the problem (it was at a Volvo specialist) and then they could start the claim.

    Given the mileage, I'm thinking it's unlikely Volvo will pay for a new transmission. Even so, there are other things going on with it, in spite of servicing it regularly and sinking a lot of money on repairs into it. If they don't cover it 100%, it's really not worth fixing at this point. A week ago, I still had what I thought was still a fairly valuable car, and now I have nothing.

    So here's my question: is it still worth trying to get Volvo North America to cover it? Best case scenario, they cover it 100% and I can sell or trade in this money pit. Follow-up question: is there any way to get more than $500 or $1000 out of this car, now that it's no longer running?

    It's a real shame Volvo hasn't recalled these transmissions. Like others, I was aware of the class action suit, but at the time it didn't apply. Now it does. Has anyone else had to scrap their car because the transmission died? Is there any way to have Volvo compensate me for this?

    Thanks :lemon:
  • I don't know what you'll get out of the car, but unfortunately for those of use who had Volvo's built in the years with unfortunate transmissions----the problem will never go away (I was going onto my 3rd transmission by 55,000 miles). If you can get Volvo North America to cover it----great....they should----- I didn't scrap my car but sold it when it was worth more. This was one of Volvo's few mistakes but they stepped up to the plate way too late in honoring the lemon years of the XC90.
  • Was your Volvo a red 2006 T6? I hope so cause My girlfriend just bought one and has tranny prob with only 92k miles. Trying to find the original owner to find out if extended warranty was bought on the vehicle. It was bought in 2004 at Santa Monica and traded in some where in 2010 or 2011.
  • No, mine was a silver 2004, although I had bought the extended warranty.

    I have the xc60 and it's perfect....but yes, the original XC 90's were lemons and Volvo has been horrible about properly addressing this when they should have.
  • Sorry I put 2006 but it is a 2004 xc90 T6. Only has 92k miles and massive oil leak on right side. Tranny seems not to downshift, check eng light on and pulled 8 error codes. Crazy that Volvo would sell junk like this! This has been my Girlfriends dream car. Not sure what to do from here. Thank you.
  • It was actually my dream car too... I had no intention of selling it but when I had already gone through two transmissions at under 55K miles I knew it was going to happen again and I had to sell it and I got out of it when I still had an extended warranty and I traded it into South Coast Volvo Dealership for the xc60---which as I said, has been perfect.. Volvo should do a proper recall of all those cars as they are permanent lemons---a shame because most cars in their fleet are fantastic. If you can, try to give it back to the dealer you bought it from and pester them or something, as it will require a new transmission all the time and they're not cheap. Both times it happened to me it went from driveable to disabled in 50 miles or so.
  • I thought we had passed the mileage limit too at about 108,000, but took it to a dealer based on another mechanic's recommendation (a second opinion after a repair that just didn't take). Volvo covered almost all the cost of the repair... in the neighborhood of 8 grand. In the end, I paid about 4 grand, what I would have paid an outside mechanic, but I also got the radiator replaced and a bunch of stuff repaired from a botched attempt by a "Volvo" repair shop that was not affiliated with a dealer. This all after 3 months of repair/drive/break/repair cycles. Since it has been fixed by the dealer it has not had a problem. If you've not already junked the car, give it a try. They are likely to cover a large part of the repair. I believe they charged me for parts only, and comped the labor. That's no small comp.
  • I've been reading some of the posts, and this transmission thing blows. Since I don't have the T6, am I still looking at the possibility of transmission problems down the road? I have 68,500 miles, and I'm about to get the transmission serviced, merely because of the miles. And if I read some of the other posts right, if you have under 100,000 miles, Volvo will cover the replacement of the transmission and accompanying repairs at no cost?
  • You're partially correct; a common caveat seems to be the owner having to contact Volvo North America (through their dealership) to request to be considered for their Goodwill Assistance Program, if their XC90's have suffered a catastrophic transmission failure. In many cases, we're hearing that Volvo will pay for a significant protion of the repair bill, but only after verifying the transmission's serial number and diagnosis from a certified Volvo dealership. Interestingly, I just learned of an XC90 at my dealer currently with a V8 engine in it that suffered a total transmission failure at 70,000, in addition to the angle-drive failing (which supplies power to teh rear wheels), and engine components. Volvo is helping them out with this assistance program, too. It's indeed a love / hate with these cars; we love their safety, comfort, and performance, but hate the constant [and costly] repairs. All the best to you on yours.
  • Dear all, I wonder if you can help me? I found this page via the Wikipedia XC90 page. There is a link under the reliability / T6 gear box failure section.

    We have an XC90. I am in the UK. It cost us just over £50,000 and is now out of warranty. Like so many people have said here we bought it as a solid investment car - pay a lot to start with but get "Volvo" reliability - so I was surprised when the gearbox suddenly died at around 55,000 miles. The AA rescue service diagnosed the fault from about 50 yards away "Its a T6 XC90 - it will be the gearbox" and the main Volvo dealer have confirmed that its in need of a new one costing just over £4700 all inc. after discounts. Volvo have offered a good will gesture of 30%.

    In the UK this falls under something called "The Goods and Services Act". Goods have to be "fit for purpose". Like nearly everyone the fault has shown itself out of warranty between 50k and 60k. My thoughts are that Volvo knew that this would be the case, based on other failures before ours. They knew, while the car was under warranty, that it was not fit for purpose but chose not to recall the fault because it would damage their reputation (as has been an issue with Toyota in the UK). Quite rightly, if they had made it known that there was a faulty gear box that would suddenly fail putting my family in danger as it did - I would not have bought the vehicle, so I understand their reasoning.
    The many hundreds of reports I have found on the internet are not enough. I need to be able to present a case with "witness statements" and I would be grateful if those people who have experienced an XC90 T6 with transmission failure (only this specific fault) would send me a witness statement explaining who they are (Name and Address), what vehicle it was (i.e. XC90 T6), the year of manufacture and the mileage at which the fault came to light. The letter must be signed for it to carry any weight with the UK court - that's just how it is. If you are able to also send any supporting document (like a letter / invoice / bill from Volvo confirming the fault) then that would be helpful. In the UK there is a second action available in Negligence insomuch as it can be argued that Volvo were negligent in not recalling a product that they knew to be faulty. the fault is such that it can potentially cause danger (sudden and catastrophic loss of power while driving). In that circumstance it may be possible to backdate a claim over the previous six years and recover costs already incurred.

    I do not know if its possible to find out how many XC90s have the fault or what percentage is affected or whether any technical information regarding the fault (expert assessment reports, details of the part number) and so on may be available - help in that regard would very much be appreciated also.

    Finally, if there is anyone technically minded out there who knows how to get this message to a wider XC90 audience then I would be grateful. Its really upsetting that Volvo have chosen to manage the problem like this. My view is that the decision to not recall a design fault of this magnitude is fundamentally wrong and potentially unsafe.

    I have set up an email address and would very much appreciate your help as I have described above.

    Kindest regards,

    Anthony Gallagher
  • Had my oil change at the dealership and the same day this message appeared "Transmission Service Urgent". Not a lot I can do on a Saturday but I will be contacting Volvo North America and the dealership on Monday. I purchase it in 2003 and have approx 101,000 miles. The only major problem: my driver seat over heated and start to smoke. I miss the heated seat. If I do not get any assistant I will just have to park it and take public transportation. Sad!!!!!!
  • I just purchased one :cry: :cry: and reading all these posts I am regretful.
  • I wished I had come across this site before I plunked down my money and signed the contract. :cry:
  • goldentixgoldentix Posts: 13
    Do whatever you can to get out of the contract. Everyone who sells Volvo's knows about the problems that have been had for the model years in question and it's almost criminal that they're allowed to be sold or at least to be sold but the dealer/seller should disclose the problem. It's not a secret to anyone selling these cars---. Again, do whatever you can to get out of it or you'll be putting in a new transmission soon---and then another----and another. (I was on my third transmission at 75ish thousand miles).
  • jettblackjettblack Posts: 5
    I had our transmission rebuilt @ 64k miles and now @ 105,000 miles no problems. I think credit to the mechanic. I have heard that it is better to have the trans rebuilt than to have it replaced. Sometimes they use stronger parts I think. The key would be to find the right transmission repair mechanic. Yours is fine to date though. We also have slight clicking in the front end but it has not progressed. Had to have the radiator replaced but other than that I like it. They drive good and handle the road well. I paid 14k in 2009 for it and almost as soon as I purchased it that transmission went out. It is a 2004 Volvo XC 90. Just curious what did you pay for yours, what year and when did you purchase it?
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