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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,336 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2005 Volvo XC90 engine problems

engine problem

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2005 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Dec 252011

XC90 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Volvo XC90. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the engine stalled without any warning. The vehicle failed to restart and was towed to an independent auto shop for diagnosis. The technician stated the counter balance shaft bearing was frozen and the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. In addition, the headlights would intermittently operate and had not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000. Updated 10/3/12 updated 10/09/2012

- Glenview, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 052011

XC90 8-cyl

  • 64,983 miles
I noticed a grinding noise while driving at normal highway speed as it got worse over the next day or so I brought it to my local Volvo specialist. After some research I was told that the problem was with the balance shaft and was specific to the 2005 XC90 V8. I contacted Volvo North America and received no compensation or even satisfactory customer service. My local Volvo tech recommended I bring the car to the Volvo dealer, who were the only one's authorized to do the repair. The engine head had to be removed to replace the balance shaft and the bearings needed to be reassembled. It's amazing that the same exact problem can be reported to this extent and Volvo still does nothing!! $4200 dollars later, the car was fixed. I'm glad it was caught prior to the engine needed to be replaced..

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

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