hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,000 miles

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2005 Volvo XC90 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2005 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 212010


  • 39,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Volvo XC90. While stopped at a traffic stop, the vehicle began to shake back and forth uncontrollably. The contact applied pressure to the brake pedal in order for the vehicle to stop shaking. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing where the technician advised that the four wheel drive motor was not engaging and would have to be replaced. The four wheel drive warning light was not indicating that there was a failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 39,000.

- Anchorage, AK, USA

problem #2

Dec 102007

XC90 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The all wheel drive feature went out hence leaving the drive to two wheel drive ; the two wheel drive is very unbalance in snow / ice as oppose to a normal front wheel drive vehicle; ended up on the side of the road avoiding accident; contacted the manufacturer and they claim this is not a safety issue which I disagree; currently do not drive the vehicle in snow / ice due to unsafe driving condition. Contacted different Volvo dealers and claim a high failure rate of this feature. Volvo requested $3,000 to fix issue; have not agreed to these costs yet.

- Belmont, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 062008

XC90 4WD

  • 76,000 miles
Angle iron failed in Volvo XC90.

- Peterborough, NH, USA

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