hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,800 miles

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2005 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 062011

XC90 8-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


2005 Volvo XC90 counter balance shaft broke and seized engine. Only 68,000 miles and a well maintained vehicle! Volvo refuses to take any responsibility for this poorly designed system. Quoted $16,850 plus tax for remanufactured unit. Incidentally, just this past Sept also had to replace oil cooler, thermostat and expansion tank when the vehicle broke down as were driving through Virginia. This is another well documented issue with this vehicle!

- Cranford, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jul 232010


  • 64,000 miles
2005 Volvo XC90 T6, transmission failed after 64K miles. Transmission failed at highway speeds nearly causing an accident as the vehicle slowed unexpectedly on I95 in heavy traffic. Transmission failed after a program upgrade 3 weeks earlier. Transmission was slipping and transmission service light appeared causing the vehicle to be towed to the dealer. Dealer unable to find any fault codes but upgraded the software, "hoping this fixes it..." after complete failure, vehicle taken on flatbed to don beyer Volvo who diagnosed failure as a "transmission failure" the dealership offered to replace transmission and several other parts at no cost.

- Fort Belvoir, VA, USA

problem #3

Jan 132010


  • 79,000 miles
I am the owner of a 2005 XC90 Volvo with 79,000 miles on it and the transmission has failed and needs to be replaced. My car broke down on a busy interstate and I barely evaded a catastrophic accident when the trans failed and my vehicle came to an abrupt stop (endangering the life of my family of 7 traveling in the car). This common problem in the 2005 XC90's automatic transmissions are well documented throughout the internet by Volvo owners. Additionally, shredded metal reached the radiator and other coolant departments that also now need to be replaced. The total cost of repairing the damage caused is $6,700. I bought this car to provide my family a secure vehicle while I am deployed. I expected the vehicle to last at least to 100,000 miles. The car is only 4 years old and already needs the transmission replaced.. I contacted Volvo and it is taking them a long time to get back to me. My car is sitting at a repair shop while I wait for a phone call to see if they will help cover the costs or not. A Volvo technical support representative admitted to me that they are aware that this is a common problem with the 2005 model but are not saying that they would cover the expenses or initiate a recall, rather she said that they would "see" if they could assist me in some way. Again, I have not heard from them and continue to call but have not made any progress with them. After doing some research it is obvious that many Volvo owners of the XC90 2005 are having the same problem and this needs to be addressed by the NHTSA so that Volvo is held accountable for a faulty product that has been clearly documented. There are thousands of posts on various forums detailing similar experiences. Volvo has done nothing to address this irrefutable problem. What is the NHTSA doing to force Volvo to initiate a recall?

- Ewa Beach, HI, USA

problem #2

Jul 242009


  • 71,000 miles
I have a 2005 Volvo XC90 T6 with 71000 miles on it. On 7/23/09 the transmission began to "slip" and I took it to the Volvo dealership on 7/24/09 for them to diagnose the problem. The transmission on this 4 year old vehicle need to be replaced at a cost of $5,300. Volvo has been aware of the problem and so far has not owned up to responsibility. The transmission slips in low gears and upon acceleration. It is a safety issues because if the transmission slips while merging onto the highway it could cause an accident or at any other time for that matter. It is a very common problem and Volvo should make this a recall to protect the safety of their customers but thus far there has been no recall. The transmission is on back order for 1 - 2 months which is completely unacceptable from any consumer or safety standpoint.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 112007

XC90 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
The heater pipes that go through the firewall have corroded in less than 2 years and North point Volvo wants a $1,000 to take of the dash and replace this part on the heater which in and of itself is only a $40 part. This pipe should not be defective on a car that's less than two years old. Poor quality!!!!!!!!!!

- Woodstock, GA, USA

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