really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,575 miles

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2003 Volvo XC90 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 302010


  • 103,000 miles


Instrument cluster goes black if turn car off comes back on. Message center say SRS air bag failure.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #3

May 012010


  • 97,000 miles
The SRS light came on, which appears to be a common problem with my model. The dealer said they need to replace the entire SRS console for $1000. They cannot guarantee it, but it's possible my airbags will not deploy if they do not replace this.

- Southampton, NJ, 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

Jun 032004

XC90 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
While backing put of a parking lot power steering failed, vehicle smoked then caught on fire. Driver suffered from smoke inhalation. Prior to the vehicle catching on fire the consumer was involved in an accident the year before (July 12, 2003). The consumer was pressing on the horn when the crash occurred. The consumers hand was on the when the air bag deployed. The driver sustained several broken ones in her right hand which required 2 surgeries, extensive physical therapy and many other medical procedures.

- Elkridge, MD, USA

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