Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,667 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Volvo XC90 suspension problems

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2004 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 072009


  • 50,000 miles


Add me to the growing list of XC90 owners that have experienced the replacement of front axles and rear wheel bearings. My 2004 XC90 has less than 50K miles and both of the aforementioned items were replace at a cost of $2K......this seems a bit of excessive for vehicle that is marketed under the banner of safe and reliable..."built for life."

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #2

Nov 182008


  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volvo XC90. While driving approximately 20 mph, the passenger side tire detached from the axle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer and they stated that the axle and ball joint failed. A police report was filed. The current and failure mileages were 67,000.

- Sleepy Hollow, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 082008


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volvo XC90. While the vehicle was being examined, the contact was informed that both front tie rods needed to be replaced. Prior to this information, he noticed that the tires on the vehicle were wearing faster than expected. The current and failure mileages were 80,000.

- Brewster, MA, USA

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