really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,433 miles

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2003 Volvo XC90 brakes problems

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2003 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 072013

XC90 5-cyl

  • 79,000 miles


I was not aware of the design defect in sun roof & the water damages that result in electrical issues. I had always parked my vehicle in covered parking until moving this year in January. I had taken my car in to have a tune up in Nov 2012 at which time I was given an estimate of repairs needed in my car. My car remained parked for most of 2013 due to having moved I wasn't able to afford repairs. The repairs where inner&outer tie rods, ball joints, mounts, arm bushings, rotors & break pads. The above aforementioned where made. Following repairs I washed my car and drove out of town 4th July weekend from los angeles to jamestown California. Once I arrived my car remained parked until returning home July 7th. Shortly after starting my car the dash gauges started to flash on/off and eventually went out. At the time I had my portable gps, A/C was working & I had use of windows (rolling up & down). I knew I had a full tank of gas cause I had fueled up prior to arriving at destination. Being I was in the middle of know where without cell phone service I drove as far as I could before I thought I may need gas. When I stopped to get fuel I was not able to open the door to refuel with gas. I broke the clips on the door allowing me to access and fuel tank and refill with gas. It was Sunday after a major holiday and there was a lot of traffic, the only Volvo dealership I passed was closed and I just wanted to get home. So I continued to drive and was just getting onto the grapevine and traffic really backed up. There was a fire that had been burning on the mountain to the right and helicopters where dumping water on this ongoing fire. Around this time I noticed the A/C had quit working and was blowing hot air. I tried to roll my windows down and they where inoperable. Traffic was at a crawl and there was no place to pull over. Worst nightmare ever.

- Lake Balboa, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 012009


  • 79,300 miles
Operating vehicle since Oct '08, since that time there has been a noise emanating from front pass-side wheel area. Purchasing dealer(hall Chevy, chesapeake, va) performed wheel-alignment to "fix" the noise which did not remedy. Volvo dealer in arvada, co diagnosed it as failed, or failing wheel hub, to be replaced at cost of $500. This vehicle also had trans failure at appx 76K miles, and throttle control module failure in Oct '09. I believe there are many concerns about operating and having confidence in its ability to operate "safely and reliably" the vehicle has been in the shop nearly as much as on-the-road since it's I purchased it in Oct '08.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 102009


  • 65,000 miles
Accumulation of airborne debris such as leaves and dirt in the drain tubes for the sun roof plugs drains causing water to run into cabin and accumulate (gallons) under carpeting on both driver and passenger sides. Yaw sensor is under passenger seat and fails due to exposure to water. Skid control system fails without input from yaw sensor. Much online research was required to learn cause of failure because dealer denied there was water and that failure of sensor was probably due to tilting the car on jack or other, unseating component in sensor.

- Temperance, MI, USA

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