Notes: The XC90 took its “freshman 15” of transmission complaints and turned it into a “sophomore 45.” The 2004 XC90 saw 3X as many complaints about the transmission failing as it did in its inaugural North American model year! By the following year, transmission complaints fell back in line with the 2003. That sharp spike in complaints means we recommend avoiding the 2004.

On top of transmission complaints, the 2004 XC90 also has problems with a sudden loss of power. The lucky ones are met with a “reduced engine performance” message, while others are left stranded on the side of the road waiting for a tow.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2004 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 132006

XC90 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles


: the contact stated when he pulled the rear seat cushion to flip the seat back up, the seat pulled right out. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who determined three metal clips (slides) on the seat were fractured in half and needed to be replaced. Additionally, while driving 20 mph, there was a thumping noise coming from underneath the vehicle. It was towed to an independent repair shop who determined the right rear wheel was fractured and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was alerted. Updated 12/5/2006 -

- Racine, WI, USA

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