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:
102,000 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 transmission problems

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2004 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 142010


  • 102,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Volvo XC90. The contact stated while driving 45 mph the transmission failed. He noticed numerous complaints regarding the transmission for this year make and model, so the contact drove the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer diagnosed the vehicle and informed the contact that the transmission coolant line needs to be replaced. The contact asked the service manager if the manufacturer was willing to pay for half of the cost of the repairs and the manufacturer declined. The contact feels a recall should be issue because of the numerous complaints regarding this year make and model for the transmission problem. The failure mileage was 102,000.

- Mableton, GA, USA

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