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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
48,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2004 Volvo XC90 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 192007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles


I took my XC90 in for service and there seemed to be a problem with the compression I am waiting for a response from Volvo because it was just barely out of the warranty by time and under on the miles as to if it will be covered. This has been a three-week process so far. I picked the car up and now the car is smoking and the check engine light comes on. So the car has not been driven and is sitting. Volvo has promised us a call back from day one and there was only contact when we called. Just to get it checked out is going to be costly. Thank goodness we have an extra car, because this would have been a true strain being that we are a family of six. I would not recommend the 2004 XC90. For the cost, you would expect a lot more. The service is horrible.

- , Lakewood, CA, USA

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