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:
Average Mileage:
102,806 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. reworked transmission purchased from volvo and installed (3 reports)
2004 Volvo XC90 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 122012

XC90 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles


Very frustrating and expensive to fix. I ended up fixing with a rebuilt one.


problem #2

Jul 122012

XC90 T6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,419 miles

Bought this car used from a dealer,put around 10,000km on my car and now I'm forking out almost 5000.00 for a rebuilt transmission. This vehicle has been to the shop more than we've driven it. Never buy the xc90 t6 model. I can't wait to pay it off and sell. I certainly will not be looking at another Volvo.

- , St. Thomas, Ontario, canada

problem #1

Apr 032008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

Can't believe that the transmission failed at only 86,000 miles!!!! My installer informed me that the problem is sooo prevalent that Volvo is maintaining an inventory of re-worked transmissions in stock even though there is an obvious carrying cost to them!!!! This is unacceptable performance for a reasonably high end SUV.

- , Danville, CA, USA

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