hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
137,500 miles

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2003 Volvo XC90 engine problems

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2003 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 152015


  • 230,000 miles


Driving the XC90 and suddenly there is a huge thump and clicking from the dashboard. All the dials around the spedometer stop working.. if we keep driving there are more thumps and we quickly lose engine power - it is extremely scary when it happens.. all the lights come on (inside the car), dashboard goes dead etc etc. It is extremely dangerous.. it happened to use a number of times with 3 children in the car. It has occurred when we were driving on the highway, 2-3 times, it has occurred on short trips - it happens at seemingly random times, usually after driving for over 30 minutes, but then yesterday it happened on a trip just down to the park, not 5 minutes down the road.. on this occasion the car had been sitting in the sun for a while (maybe heat related?). it has happened in hot weather, cold weather.. we are in constant fear when driving the car. I have contacted Volvo australia about the issue but they said they have no responsibility, that there is no recall for the problem and didn't want to help at all!! I see a lot of people have this same problem, is Volvo not going to fix it until someone is killed"?? what will it take!?!?!"! it is a joke ! we bought a Volvo to have something safer than normal but its more dangerous! I cannot even sell the car because I don't know what's wrong with it and I don't want another family / person to be injured.. no resale value, no safety! come on Volvo, this is crazy!

- Birkdale, DE, USA

problem #1

Dec 222007

XC90 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Volvo XC90. While driving 55mph, the vehicle suddenly lost power while merging between two large vehicles. The accelerator pedal would not respond when he tried to engage it. The dealer stated that the rear differential, the throttle and the disc brakes failed. The purchase date was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were approximately 45,000.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

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