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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.

2.2

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,841 miles

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2004 Volvo XC90 transmission problems

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2004 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #62

Jan 162010

XC90

  • 70,000 miles

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

Failed transmission; sudden/unanticipated loss of acceleration; at dealership for complete transmission replacement including required replacement of radiator and fuel lines.

- Saratoga, CA, USA

problem #61

Dec 162009

XC90

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volvo XC90. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact noticed that the vehicle would not shift into third gear. A local mechanic informed the contact that the transmission needed to be replaced. The contact previously noticed that the transmission would slip when she was shifting from one gear to another. The current and failure mileages were 100000.

- Bangor, PR, USA

problem #60

Jan 112010

XC90

  • 105,000 miles
Transmission failure.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #59

Dec 312009

XC90

  • 90,000 miles

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

Car had transmission problems that happened at random around 72000 miles. Now again at 90500 miles. Both times transmission failed, our two children (isabella 2 months old and sophia 21 months) were in the car. This is highly unsafe for a car that is marketed to families and also for an individual. Car is a Volvo xc 90 T6 2004 edition. Numerous consumer complaints are registered throughout the internet. Took car to a Volvo dealer this week and they said their goodwill warranty where they replace the transmission 100 percent free was denied because our transmission looked rebuilt. This vehicle should be recalled for numerous reasons, the transmission being the main one.

- Zion, IL, USA

problem #58

Sep 052009

XC90

  • 68,000 miles
2004 xc 90 T6 transmission failure at 68K miles, transmission shuts to "limp" mode in middle of manhattan (nyc) and requires immediate assistance. Volvo na refused any financial help and denied any other reports of similar occurrences.

- Glen Gardner, NJ, USA

problem #57

Nov 222009

XC90

  • 103,000 miles
Our 2004 Volvo XC90 transmission recently "gave out". after looking up the problem on the internet I discovered many instances of the same issue. It appears to occur in 2003-2005 vehicles. Volvo realizes there is a major problem but has refused our request for compensation.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #56

Aug 162008

XC90

  • 70,000 miles

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

Transmission failure.

- Lawrence, KS, USA

problem #55

Nov 112009

XC90

  • 71,000 miles
2004 Volvo XC90 T6 transmission failures. Alarmingly high rate of premature failures at sub-hundred thousand miles. My personal vehicle failed at 72, xxx miles with my wife and 4 daughters in the car leaving them stranded at an intersection. Dealer replaced the transmission at a cost of nearly $5000. Research shows surprisingly high numbers of failures. Volvo admits problem with transmission but fails to issue recall and placates only the "squeaky wheels" with full or partial refunds. Refused my repeated requests for refund but promised to replace "next failure" at half off parts and labor.

- Gurnee, IL, USA

problem #54

Oct 192009

XC90

  • 116,000 miles
Volvo - 2004 XC90 T6 AWD. Car experiencing hesitation, gets locked in either 1st or 4th gear. Repeat trips to service, none of which corrected the issue. Complete transmission failure requiring replacement transmission, radiator and front axle. Appears to be common in this vehicle, with no recourse from Volvo.

- Lunenburg, MA, USA

problem #53

Mar 202009

XC90

  • 105,000 miles
Volvo 2004xc90 T6awd transmission failure.

- Burr Ridge , IL, USA

problem #52

Jul 232009

XC90

  • 65,000 miles

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

2004 Volvo XC90 2.5L transmission. Complete failure at 65,000 miles requiring replacement of entire transmission. Four days after repair, vehicle has loud engine thump and check engine light comes back on. Repeats thump with entire electrical system going out requiring a 3.5 hour tow home from 1/2 to our vacation destination. Dealer replaced alternator. Had for 2 days and check engine light comes back on and the thump/electrical issues start again. Barely got to dealer who has had for a week. They replaced alternator as put in the wrong one, but still haven't fixed it yet.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #51

Jul 282009

XC90

  • 75,500 miles
Slippage of the transmission leading to failure of the transmission at 70,000 miles. Car failed on the highway. Volvo states that do to so many failures there are no replacement transmissions available.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #50

Jun 212007

XC90

  • 68,306 miles
Nov. 23, 2004 - purchased a Volvo XC90 T6 from lehman Volvo in york, pa - the vehicle had 10.042 miles on it at the time of purchase June 26, 2007 - automatic transmission needed to be replaced - Volvo of cary in nc paid for the transmission and we paid for the labor - $1425 - mileage 68,306 Feb. 2008 - the transmission service required lights/message came on periodically while we were traveling in the ne- we called Volvo of cary and they said that if we continued to see the light to bring it to a dealer where we were March 2008-July 2009 - a variety of messages would appear periodically saying that transmission service was required or urgent July 7, 2009 - I took the vehicle to Volvo of cary while the light was on stating that transmission service was needed as they installed an updated version of transmission software - $123.38 mid-July 2009 - the transmission began to slip noticeably July 22, 2009 - cottman transmission rebuilt the existing transmission - $3643.04 - mileage 116,030.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #49

Oct 142008

XC90

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volvo XC90. The contact noticed transmission and radiator fluid near her vehicle. She experienced hard shifting when changing gears. While driving approximately 55 mph, the transmission light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact pulled over and turned off the vehicle. The vehicle would no longer "pull" and was towed to the dealer. She was informed that a new transmission and radiator were needed. She also found out that the radiator coolant contaminated the transmission. The repair would cost approximately $5,900. The contact wrote a letter to the president of the manufacturing company, but did not receive a response. She also spoke with the manufacturer's customer service line and was informed that they could not assist because the vehicle was outside of the warranty. The current mileage was approximately 122,000 and failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Bowdon, GA, USA

problem #48

May 252009

XC90

  • 112,709 miles
1. since day 1, the transmission on my 2004 Volvo-XC90 has always given me trouble, it doesn't engage trough gear as quickly as it should. On May 25th 2009, the transmission completely went out leaving me in the middle of the intersection with cars behind me traveling 35 miles and almost caused an accident. 2. the transmission has never operated properly since I purchased the car in April of 2009. The shop and every other one I called knew exactly what the problem was. They said that the transmission in this model and year was a faulty GM transmission and have seen many in for this type of service. I did some research on the internet and found that many owners have experienced the same problem, the exact problem. I bought it from autowest Acura in san jose, I ask them for help with that matter, (4 times) they were evasive and refused to help, or to get to any arrangement. The "transmission service urgent" light came on. Took the car to the dealer and they said I need a new transmission. There seems to be a large number of these same complaints for this same car from Volvo. There is a serious problem with this car and I'm writing you for consumer protection.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #47

May 112009

XC90

  • 75,000 miles
I've been getting a roaring sound from under my '04 Volvo XC90 T6. After spending $3000 replacing an "angle arm" at the Volvo dealership, there's been no improvement. I'm now told I need to replace my transmission. Cost estimate is $7000.

- Xenia, OH, USA

problem #46

Apr 182009

XC90

  • 64,500 miles
Failure of transmission in a 2004 Volvo xc 90 with 64,000 miles while driving on the highway. Entire transmission and radiator had to be replaced.

- Greenville, RI, USA

problem #45

Apr 172009

XC90

  • 54,400 miles
1. the transmission on my 2004 Volvo-XC90 has always given me trouble, it doesn't engage into third gear as quickly as it should. On April 17th 2009, the transmission completely went out leaving me in the middle of the intersection with cars behind me traveling 35 miles and almost caused an accident. 2. the transmission has never operated properly since I purchased the car in June of 2008. 3. I have an extended warranty and so the car is in the shop now for repair. The shop and every other one I called knew exactly what the problem was. They said that the transmission in this model and year was a faulty GM transmission and have seen many in for this type of service. I did some research on the internet and found that many owner have experienced the same problem, the exact problem. My car only has 54,000 miles on it and some of the complaints I found on the internet reported were as low as 20,000 miles. There is a serious problem with this car and I'm writing you for consumer protection.

- South San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #44

Apr 012009

XC90

  • 91,891 miles
After months of gear slippage in the transmission, the "transmission service urgent" light came on. Took the car to the dealer and they said I need a new transmission. There seems to be a large number of these same complaints for this same car from Volvo.

- Fort Mill, SC, USA

problem #43

Jan 242009

XC90

  • 69,791 miles
Car started making a loud, metal grinding sound while pulling out of a shopping center parking lot. No previous problems or failures. No service code. Brought car to dealer and confirmed my fear it was the transmission. Only 69,000 miles on car. I've been aware of transmission problems on XC90's. I even have a neighbor who had to replace the transmission on his 2004 XC90. Have always had Volvo, but this is the last one. Volvo no longer stands behind its vehicles. Very disappointing for the price paid.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

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