CarComplaints.com Notes: The XC90 took its “freshman 15” of transmission complaints and turned it into a “sophomore 45.” The 2004 XC90 saw 3X as many complaints about the transmission failing as it did in its inaugural North American model year! By the following year, transmission complaints fell back in line with the 2003. That sharp spike in complaints means we recommend avoiding the 2004.

On top of transmission complaints, the 2004 XC90 also has problems with a sudden loss of power. The lucky ones are met with a “reduced engine performance” message, while others are left stranded on the side of the road waiting for a tow.

9.3

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,500 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.

2004 Volvo XC90 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 022004

XC90 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brake lockup.

- York, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 052004

XC90 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the brakes at normal conditions brakes locked up. Also, while driving at any speed left wheel pulled to the left. Dealer inspected vehicle several times, but could not duplicate or correct the problems.

- Brooklyn, MI, USA

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