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:
108,594 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 (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Jun 252012


  • 91,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Volvo XC90. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, all of the warning lamps on the instrument panel illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the driver information module and electronic control module were faulty and both needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and referred the contact to the dealer. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 91,000.

- Brooklyn Park , MN, USA

problem #1

Jun 182012


  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Volvo XC90 T6. The contact stated that while driving at any speed, the vehicle would lose power and stall. The lights on the instrumental panel illuminated after the failure occurred. The failure was experienced several times. The contact was able to coast the vehicle onto the shoulder. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and the current mileage was 101,000.

- Jersey City , NJ, USA

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