CarComplaints.com 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.

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NCAP 5-Star Crash Test & Rollover Safety Ratings

Driver FrontPassenger FrontDriver SidePassenger SideRollover
2004 XC90 4-DR. w/SAB***********************
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IIHS Crash Test & Rollover Safety Ratings

Good Acceptable Marginal Poor

2004 Volvo XC90 4-door SUV

Moderate Overlap FrontSmall Overlap FrontSideRearRollover
G Overall
G Head/Neck Injury
G Chest Injury
G Left Leg Injury
G Right Leg Injury
G Restraints
G Structure
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G Overall
G Head/Neck Injury
G Chest Injury
G Hip/Thigh Injury
G Lower Leg/Foot Injury
G Restraints
G Structure
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Not tested. Not tested. G Overall
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Ratings only apply to the model and body or seat type tested. The date of manufacture and optional safety equipment can affect results. For full details see www.iihs.org.

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