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: I've heard about issues with the parking brake not being sufficient with this car. To be fair, it must be hard to hold back all that awesomeness.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
435 miles

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2008 Volvo XC90 engine problems

engine problem

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2008 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 112008

XC90 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 435 miles


Took delivery of Volvo XC90 on Feb 4, 2008. On Feb 11, 2008 with 435 miles, the car lost almost all its engine oil and the computer displayed "low oil level" message. All the time, it was spewing bluish/white smoke during initial start up and acceleration. Was flat-bedded to the dealer and it took 11 days to repair. Spark plug was initially replaced, didn't work, then it turned out to be the inner timing chain housing seals which were all replaced according to the work order. I did not get the old parts/seals/gaskets that were replaced. All I have is a detailed work order of what was done. Currently, engine is still spewing white smoke occasionally and I have to check the oil level periodically, just to make sure this vehicle is not going to leave me stranded. Volvo cars of na offered to give me an extended warranty at no charge because of this. I initially wanted for them to replace the car because of the failure of its engine within a week of delivery. I did not get a response to my request, instead, they continued repairing the vehicle and returned it back to me, 11 days later with the extended warranty offer.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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