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:
88,128 miles

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2004 Volvo XC90 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 222013

XC90 6-cyl

  • 110,255 miles


On June 2013, my interior door handles both front and back all began to break. All interior door handles both front and back began to brake around a 2 1/2 month period, at different times while I was exiting my car. This is ridiculous. All handles breaking around the same time. I have to now lower my window and reach threw the outside to open the door. This problem needs to be addressed and recalled. What I have read online, I am not the only one with this problem. There are a numerous amount of vehicles with the same issue. This can be a huge safety issue. What is the windows fail to work next. How would I get out of my vehicle if there's a accident, and I am trapped inside. Does Volvo not care for there mistakes. Please address this issue and recall it asap to fix the problem. This vehicle is making me scared to drive it. Thank you very much, and I pray you fix this issue soon, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 222012


  • 66,000 miles
Driver side and rear passenger doors don't open from inside.

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

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