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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Volvo XC90 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2004 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 192006

XC90 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Outside edge of tires wear out after 15,000 miles. An internet search indicates this is a very common problem.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 302004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
While consumer was driving rear passenger's tire blew out, resulting in damaging the fuel line. Consumer was at a gas station and refueled the vehicle when it was discovered that fuel was leaking from the vehicle.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 012004

XC90 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
I have had numerous failures with my 1990 Volvo: I am on my third set of tires, and I have 30,000 miles. I have had several shock absorbers replaced, a tie rod break, and many electrical problems.

- Roscoe , NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 152004


  • miles
Original equipment tires on my 2004 Volvo XC90 (Michelin hxmxm4's) are frightening. They offer very little traction in the best conditions; in the rain, unintended lane changes are common due to sliding.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

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