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

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2005 Volvo XC90 engine problems

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2005 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

May 012015


  • 113,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Volvo XC90. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, a fuel odor emitted from the rear of the vehicle as the vehicle lost power and the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact also mentioned that fuel was leaking from the vehicle. In addition, the contact stated that after the vehicle was restarted, the fuel odor recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the fuel line needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 113,000.

- Patterson, CA, USA

problem #21

Dec 172014


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volvo XC90. The contact stated that the check engine warning light illuminated. In addition, the vehicle jerked and stalled while driving. The vehicle was taken to a independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the fuel pump injector needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Lynn, MA, USA

problem #20

Jan 152015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volvo XC90. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle emitted an abnormal noise and stalled. In addition, the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the wire cem needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Sophia, NC, USA

problem #19

Dec 232014

XC90 8-cyl

  • 129,300 miles


The bearing for the counter balance shaft has failed on my vehicle, causing over $3,000 in repairs needed. Volvo has admitted that this is a known issue with older 2005 XC90's with the V8, but are not willing to cover my repairs costs. I feel there should be a recall. If this bearing fails while driving the engine could seize causing an accident.

- Franklin, WI, USA

problem #18

Oct 212014

XC90 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I was just driving along at 30 mph or less when I heard a pretty load noise and then felt a vibration on the floor board. I was just a block away from my destination and when I got there the noise continued. I originally thought the noise was coming from under the car but after further investigation later in the day after letting the car sit for awhile I realized the noise was coming from the engine. I had the car originally towed to my mechanic who informed me that the engine was blown. I could not believe this I had the car a little under one year and the previous owner always had the car serviced through a Volvo dealership from day one to 60,200. I took over the car and at the time of the incident my car had a little over 85,000 miles. Engines are not suppose to fail at under 100,000 miles. There is something seriously wrong with these engines. The internet is full of these stories just like mine and Volvo is doing nothing about it! they do not care, they do not stand behind their cars. Something has to be done about this a lot of innocent people are being hurt financially by Volvo. A recall on these car should be issued...Volvo needs to be held accountable for this! Volvo made the determination not to help me...without even seeing the car and the service records. Action needs to happen and they need to be forced to help me and the hundreds if not thousands of people that have been affected by this.

- Mahopac, NY, USA

problem #17

Sep 262011


  • 45 miles
This is a 2005 Volvo that has a history of transmission failure in all cars of this model and year. If one googles the model and make of this car one will find forum after forum of people who have had to replace these failed transmissions before or shortly after warranty is up. The dealers and services have largely put this item which should have been a recall issue on to the customer. My transmission failed when trying to accelerate on to a freeway. I was nearly in a likely fatal collision due to the transmission failing to go out of 2nd gear. There was a class action suit surrounding this issue in this model, but few Volvo owners were notified of it. Please help us and demand that Volvo recall these cars, repay for failed transmissions and lost value of the cannot even give them away no and these were 45K$ cars!!!!!!!!!!furious.

- Menlo Park , CA, USA

problem #16

Apr 082014

XC90 6-cyl

  • miles


I purchase a used 2005 Volvo on April 19, 2013 from C& M auto sales corporation. In December of 2013 I received a recall notice from Volvo. They notified me that all 2004-2005 Volvo XC90- were recalled. I was informed to take it to a Volvo dealer. I drove the vehicle to white plains, N Y. dealer there I was told they took care of the problem. Upon returning home I noticed all lights were on the dashboard & return the vehicle to the dealer. There were many issues claimed by the dealers and was told to pick it up which I did ever since then vehicle has been parked and not driven.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #15

Apr 172013

XC90 8-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
Good morning, I purchase a 2005 Volvo XC90 from drive time on March 29, 2013, prior to purchasing this vehicle it was my dream automobile, on April 17, 2013 my check engine light came on, I was late for work because I went to drive time to find out where to take it since I did purchase the drive care package. I called the claim department and because of miles I travel daily the warranty mileage had expire, which was confusing because on the sale slip on the car it stated 30 day warranty, I was told to take it a Volvo dealer for service, I took it to mooers Volvo in richmond, va and the diagnostic test indicate there were misfire in the spark plugs ($500) later, they also stated they were the original plugs and needed to be changed and my drive care package didn't cover maintenance. Four days later the check engine light was back on, indicating the same problem (misfire in plugs 6 &8) again missing time from work to have this checked out because I don'T want to be broke down on the highway. This time they change the fuel filter and put a gas treatment in my car ($154) later, stating that it was something to do w/fuel tank. I have spent a little over $1000, in repairs and car rental and my car was two months old at that time. I got my car serviced on time and still my check engine is still on.I went to a shop recently because of the (a year later) check engine light is still on. They suggest I look up the recall safety because now one side B1 has a misfire reading. No one seems to know how to fix the problem and I travel an hour each way to work and would hate for something terrible to happen. I'm hoping you would guide me in the right direction to have my car repaired or who I need to direct my concerns to. Thank you in advance for any assistance.

- N. Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #14

May 012014


  • miles
2005 Volvo XC90. Consumer writes in regards to engine breakdown. An initial independent mechanic believed the problem was due to a declared design flaw by Volvo in their 2005 models. The mechanic advised the consumer, to have the vehicle towed to the dealer. The dealer had the vehicle for 3 weeks and determined the cause of the engine break down was in fact a design flaw. Corporate Volvo stated the issue was not problematic enough for them to issue a recall, as problems were evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Volvo informed the dealer to re-build the engine, instead of replacing it.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #13

Jan 152014

XC90 8-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
The motor failed on my 2005 Volvo XC90 as a result of the counterbalance shaft bearings failing due to moisture in the motor. I was not aware this motor was subject to failure at less than or even around 100K miles. Volvo dealership said this was the cause of the motor failure and they said there was no recall done. After this happened I went to some Volvo websites(swedespeed) only to find this same exact motor failure has happened to very many of these 2005 Volvo XC90's because of the counterbalance shaft bearings failing. In face there's a forum category titled "V8 counterbalance shaft failure thread" where people talk about this exact problem happening over and over and Volvo knows about this engine problem but will not do a recall. Something has to be done where Volvo back their products, especially the engine in a vehicle.

- North Providence, RI, USA

problem #12

Feb 032014


  • miles


This car has been a constant problem - I am the original owner and the cost to repair is extremely high.. I am a recent widow and a single mother of 3 children on a fixed income... I am so tired of this car being so unreliable and the repair costs are bankrupting me. I have no where to turn this car has been a lemon from day one and the manufacturer and dealer could care less.

- Glen Mills , PA, USA

problem #11

Dec 042013


  • 99,000 miles
Volvo is aware of the balancer shaft defect that causing a very pricey and serious problem. The fix was to drill a hole but not to repair any damage caused by the design flaw. I was informed by the Volvo dealership that this is a design flaw in the 2005 CX90 and the cost would be around $4000 to fix the damage done to the balance shaft because of the design flaw.

- Chandler , AZ, USA

problem #10

Oct 142013


  • 150,000 miles
The counterbalance shaft broke resulting in engine failure. Volvo estimates repair at $5,0000. Ridiculous. Why doesn't Volvo fix this well known issue for loyal customers. I have had 5 Volvo in my life starting back in the 1980's and love the cars but this lack of care for customer welfare is just wrong. It may be my last Volvo if this is how they treat customers now days.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #9

Sep 222013


  • 111,000 miles
2005 Volvo XC90 V8 - engine number 6163 - counter balance shaft failure due to engine design defect. No recall by Volvo despite very high volume of incidents and the safety risk to drivers and passengers of their vehicles. No check engine lights. Volvo knows about this issue and chooses to ignore it, authorities are a aware of it and chose not to enforce safety standards on Volvo- "Volvo for life"...I think not.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #8

Aug 132013

XC90 8-cyl

  • 80,560 miles
I own a 2005 V8 XC90. Like so many others I am a recent member to the cb failure club. Yep. It's a club. The counter balance shaft failure club. This is a design defect that Volvo is aware of and does nothing to remedy the poor saps who own a 2005 with the first 6883 engines produced by yamaha for Volvo. After 6883 Volvo made changes to the design of the counter balance shaft, by drilling a weep hole to let moisture out. Unfortunately, my engine was in the 4000S. I live in southern California. About the driest climate you can get, but yet rust has destroyed my counter balance and thus destroyed my engine with only 80000 miles on it.btw, I have had my engine serviced regularly. But the counter balance shaft is something that can not be serviced without tearing the engine apart. It lies in the valley of the V8. In my case, and in all the other cases I am reading about, the bearings rusted and the shaft rusted and it tore apart my engine block. Had I been driving on a freeway with my children and lost power it could have been fatal. How is it that this design flaw which causes catastrophic engine failure can be allowed not to be recalled" in fact, thanks to a overcharged alternator, I had just put a new $1400 computer in the car. Yet, the computer never read check engine. Why" because the computer is not monitoring the lubrication in a sealed bearing. And it is impossible without tearing the engine down for 10 hours (1200.00 in labor) to get to the counter balance shaft to see the condition of it. Please, for the sake of others who might be unfortunate enough to drive this car and find themselves on a freeway when the engine blows due to cheap rusted bearings -- issue a recall!!!

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 032013

XC90 8-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
I purchased a 2005 Volvo XC90 for $16,000. 6 months later the engine freezes up. That cost $10,000 to replace the engine. Looked on google, very common for these V8 engines to freeze up. Now the headlights are acting up. Looked on google and found the headlight issue is very common. This will cost $3,000 to repair. This car is going to cost me almost as much to repair it as I paid for it!! Volvo is loosing control. I would like you to issue a recall for these engine issues and issue a recall for these headlight issues. Please google 2005 Volvo XC90 V8 engine and google the same year and model about the headlight issue. You will be astounded by all the pages of complaints about what is supposed to be a great car. These cars where $62,000 brand new, what a joke they can sell this car with so many problems. Please issue a recall. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Glenview, IL, USA

problem #6

Jun 252010

XC90 8-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
Counter balance shaft bearing failure and complete destruction of engine while traveling down a crowded I-95 going into NY city with two children in car. This is such a common problem with the vehicle, that it's criminal to not hold Volvo accountable to fix this.

- La Grange Park, IL, USA

problem #5

Feb 192013

XC90 8-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
At 97000 miles the counterbalance shaft broke resulting in engine failure. Service at Volvo says I need a new engine. 7000-10000 for a used engine. Contacted manufacturer, waiting for response.

- North Ridgeville, OH, USA

problem #4

Nov 142012

XC90 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Volvo knows the V8 engine on the 2005 XC90 is faulty. Specifically, the counterbalance shaft bearing failing due to water intrusion. Fortunately mine failed while at idle. Unfortunately the entire engine is now seized up and my otherwise clean car is a large and useless paperweight. If this were to happen while the car is moving at speed, it could cause a horrible accident. Unless Volvo actively finds the remaining engines in service and fixes this problem, it remains a risk regardless of the mileage. Appropriately, they should also reimburse anyone who was affected by this problem since they learned of it back in 2005.

- Oakton, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 142012

XC90 8-cyl

  • 81,500 miles
Sunday morning (10.14.12) car making a horrible noise from engine block. Sounds like loose bolts rattling around inside engine block. Checked trusted Volvo forums on web. I have had four Volvo between myself and my wife: 2000 S40 (wife), 2001 S80 and now 2005 S40 (wife) and my XC90 - used these forums to stay up on latest issues/maintenance. There were several posts with identical issue with this model, year and V8 engine. Apparently, ongoing issue with counter balance shaft bearing. Design flaw allows rust to occur at bearing and then then cb-shaft fails. Will cause incredible damage to engine - maybe even death if occurs at high speeds. Called dealer this morning, they are familiar with issue, wanted me to drive in or tow. Cost is prohibitive and based on legions of similar consumer reports, am already certain of diagnosis. Volvo na even distributed technical bulletin to service depts to drill moisture relief hole in bearing area as fix for those under warranty!!! that's insane!!! links to posts about issue (one owner even posted video of his engine noise): also¤t=img_0385.MP4 and need Volvo na to step up and help, help, help! hardworking family man without estimated 10-15K to fix this!!! also, issue with internal rain leaks on 2005 S40 but never raised fuss. Love our Volvo but in a real spot here. Come on Volvo na, do the right thing!! will acknowledge Volvo's committment to consumer all across web!!!

- Williamstown, NJ, USA

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