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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Volvo XC90 engine problems

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2003 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 262010


  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Volvo XC90. While driving at speeds of 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. He attempted to restart the vehicle successfully but before he could move the vehicle, it stalled again. The "maintenance required" warning light illuminated on the instrument panel at that time. The contact was awaiting a tow to the dealer for further inspection. No repairs were made to date and the manufacturer had not been contacted. The failure and current mileages were under 62,000.

- Randolph, NJ, USA

problem #2

Sep 202009


  • 107,000 miles
We bought our 2003 Volvo XC90 T6 in July of 2005 with 40,000 miles from a dealer who stated it was a local trade in. I met the original owner of the car after we purchased it and was told they got "rid of it" because of so many trips to the dealers service department. We have taken the car to the same Volvo dealer who did normal maintenance at first, but then things started to go downhill from there. We had a "check engine" light that would not go off after numerous computer downloads. We were told the computer had to reset itself for this to go off. It is still on as of today. We replaced both turbos on this model in June of '08 for over $6,000 and only 70,000 miles. The car sat at the dealers service department for over a month and they had to bring in a Volvo expert for this repair. In Sept. Of this year they are both needing to be replaced again. I cannot believe that I could only get 25,000 miles from this repair. If I had known then, I would have traded it immediately. Also in '08 the "service transmission urgent" light came on. There was clunking and grinding in the transmission so we towed it to the dealer (again). The problem was a yaw sensor failure with was replaced at the dealer. This is where I believe our new problem started. We now have the light on again. It slips in 1st gear and sometimes gets caught in 3rd and won't come out. This, as we have now found out is a very common problem with this model. I have found over 1,800 XC90 owners with the same problem. We are looking at over $11,000 for both of these repairs and I honestly cannot see spending this on a car that is worth only $14,000!!!!! I need help with this problem from Volvo North America or from the dealer. I have friends with Volvo with over 300,000 miles. I wanted to be able to drive mine that long, but I guess my slogan is "fix for life" not "Volvo for life".

- Santa Rosa Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 152003

XC90 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Problems with vehicle's transmission, seat belts do not latch, driver's seat reclines by itself. The radio went out and the engine made a grinding noise

- Northport, NY, USA

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