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:
84,582 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.

2004 Volvo XC90 brakes problems

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2004 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 242014


  • 98,430 miles


I purchased the XC90 dame day once leaving the dealership there was no gas stop to put gas in car once filled up car would get out of park wad stuck there for 15 min tried to take key out would not allow me to called dealer once the car could get to dealer they gave me answers ad I have to pump the brakes and I should B.fine I was scared but had to get home to my town went to work on the 25th of April 2014 was stuck at work for over 30 min terrified im financing the vehicle sine its late I will have to call the dealer and finance in the am cars should not B doin this had the car for two days total nightmare also on dash it says anti skid needs service with a yellow warning symbol also service alarm also showed up what can I do im a single mom now I have a vehicle that I cant drive I need your help they also wouldn't provide a car fax they said they have a safety record but it only shows who owned the car and purchased dates please help if I cant drive I will lose my job and everything I worked hard for I hope to hear from you soon dealerships should not be able to rip of hardworking people thanks [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Newbritain , CT, USA

problem #3

May 132011

XC90 5-cyl

  • 122,500 miles
Driving from phx to tus at 75 mi out of phx at about 2200hrs. The car completely failed for fraction of a second then resumed normal operation until arriving at destination 10 mi. Later. The second time a week later was traveling to phx at 1800 hrs. 70mi out of tus. The car failed like the first time then a few seconds later did it again reached destination about 15mi. Later. When this happens the lights, radio, windows, dash light and gauges all stop working the mess. Comes on ABS, SRS. Its happened 5 or 6 times now with the worst being yesterday 16 June 2012. I got off loop 202 and pulled in a parking lot and shut down the car and then attempted to restart 4 times before it restarted. The A/C, windows, lights, gauges, turn signals all failed. The mess. ABS, SRS, check engine came on. I drove about 5 mi to destination. I'm now scared to drive it if the SRS, ABS warning are on are they working" if in an accident will the passengers and driver be protected "

- Marana, AZ, USA

problem #2

Nov 012010


  • 85,000 miles
Brakes on the vehicle fail intermittently, especially at low speeds (like backing out of a parking spot. When the pedal is pushed it feels like a rock, with little depression, and vehicle does not slow. If pressure is released and pedal is pushed a second time, usually the braking will finally work. A repair shop replicated this when pulling the vehicle out of a bay to test drive and they lost braking and nearly hit a wall. Breaking at high speeds (60mph+) often results in a strong pull to the left, as if the left brake is braking more than the right side.

- Millbury, MA, USA

problem #1

Jan 282010


  • 32,400 miles
Driving on 210-West, my car lost power without warning. The fuel pump had been replaced on Jan. 26, 2010, to correct the strong smell of gasoline inside and outside of the car. Other problems have been replacing the brake pads twice, replacing the ABS, faulty gps and cd player, front passenger door automatic lock needs motor replaced, sloshing sound of water heard inside the car after rain.

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

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