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:
117,304 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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 212016


  • 99,608 miles


Sunroof "exploded" while driving on the highway. Nothing hit it.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 072014

XC90 5-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Our 2004 Volvo xc-90 developed a warning light that the stability control was inactive. In addition, we experienced a "sloshing" sound in the passenger compartment akin to a bottle of water rolling around the back. Upon inspection it was determined that the yaw sensor was damaged due to corrosion from defective sun-roof drains which allowed water intrusion into the vehicle body. No external leaks or issues were evident and the issue was well described upon an internet search.

- Rockville, MD, USA

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