hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,550 miles

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2005 Volvo XC90 engine problems

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2005 Volvo XC90 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Nov 142012

XC90 8-cyl

  • 115,000 miles


Volvo knows the V8 engine on the 2005 XC90 is faulty. Specifically, the counterbalance shaft bearing failing due to water intrusion. Fortunately mine failed while at idle. Unfortunately the entire engine is now seized up and my otherwise clean car is a large and useless paperweight. If this were to happen while the car is moving at speed, it could cause a horrible accident. Unless Volvo actively finds the remaining engines in service and fixes this problem, it remains a risk regardless of the mileage. Appropriately, they should also reimburse anyone who was affected by this problem since they learned of it back in 2005.

- Oakton, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 142012

XC90 8-cyl

  • 81,500 miles
Sunday morning (10.14.12) car making a horrible noise from engine block. Sounds like loose bolts rattling around inside engine block. Checked trusted Volvo forums on web. I have had four Volvo between myself and my wife: 2000 S40 (wife), 2001 S80 and now 2005 S40 (wife) and my XC90 - used these forums to stay up on latest issues/maintenance. There were several posts with identical issue with this model, year and V8 engine. Apparently, ongoing issue with counter balance shaft bearing. Design flaw allows rust to occur at bearing and then then cb-shaft fails. Will cause incredible damage to engine - maybe even death if occurs at high speeds. Called dealer this morning, they are familiar with issue, wanted me to drive in or tow. Cost is prohibitive and based on legions of similar consumer reports, am already certain of diagnosis. Volvo na even distributed technical bulletin to service depts to drill moisture relief hole in bearing area as fix for those under warranty!!! that's insane!!! links to posts about issue (one owner even posted video of his engine noise): forums.swedespeed.com/showthread.php?123707-intermittent-clattering-noise-form-head-of-block-with-rough-running also S298.photobucket.com/albums/MM262/dlrnordic/vehicle20pictures202010/action=view¤t=img_0385.MP4 and wwwodi.NHTSA.dot.gov/complaints/results.cfmodi_ids=10313311&searchtype=quicksearch&summary=true&refurl=email need Volvo na to step up and help, help, help! hardworking family man without estimated 10-15K to fix this!!! also, issue with internal rain leaks on 2005 S40 but never raised fuss. Love our Volvo but in a real spot here. Come on Volvo na, do the right thing!! will acknowledge Volvo's committment to consumer all across web!!!

- Williamstown, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 252011

XC90 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volvo XC90. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the engine stalled without any warning. The vehicle failed to restart and was towed to an independent auto shop for diagnosis. The technician stated the counter balance shaft bearing was frozen and the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. In addition, the headlights would intermittently operate and had not been repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000. Updated 10/3/12 updated 10/09/2012

- Glenview, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 052011

XC90 8-cyl

  • 64,983 miles
I noticed a grinding noise while driving at normal highway speed as it got worse over the next day or so I brought it to my local Volvo specialist. After some research I was told that the problem was with the balance shaft and was specific to the 2005 XC90 V8. I contacted Volvo North America and received no compensation or even satisfactory customer service. My local Volvo tech recommended I bring the car to the Volvo dealer, who were the only one's authorized to do the repair. The engine head had to be removed to replace the balance shaft and the bearings needed to be reassembled. It's amazing that the same exact problem can be reported to this extent and Volvo still does nothing!! $4200 dollars later, the car was fixed. I'm glad it was caught prior to the engine needed to be replaced..

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

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