hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,439 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 #3

Dec 152010


  • 113,000 miles


Counterbalance shaft bearing failure at 113,000 miles luckily failure happened on the way to the repair shop. If this would have taken place on the highway my wife and kids could have been seriously injured. Volvo knows this is an issue or would not have released a technical service bulletin on ways to remedy the problem by drilling weep holes in the block to shed moisture. The trapped moisture causes the bearing to rust and finally fail causing catastrophic engine failure. Volvo has offered a mere $3,000 to correct a $15,000 problem. I have read numerous testimonies from other 2005 xc-90 owners with engine failure always from the failed counterbalance shaft bearing. How do we force Volvo to issue a recall before someone gets seriously injured.

- St. Simons Island, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 182011

XC90 8-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
2005 XC90 V8-many problems with check engine light coming on and car losing power. Lost power on interstate-car would lose power and speed-needed tow-happened twice. Current issue check engine light came on followed by all lights coming on stating brake failure, power overload, limp mode and brake failure. Dealer replaced alternator at cost of $1006. 10 days later check engine light and anti skid light came on followed by brake failure light. Car lost headlights and windshield wipers-9 pm and sleeting. Dealer now says need to replace cem and battery at a cost of $3,000 due to water in cem. It was raining or sleeting both times the check engine light came on. Volvo redesigned the cover to prevent water intrusion but needs to issue recall. Very dangerous- ticking time bomb. Someone will have an accident on rainy night on interstate. Please consider requiring recall-owners of this vehicle are spending thousands of dollars due to Volvo XC90 V8 design flaws. How can Volvo be allowed to sell vehicles that should not be driven outside/or in the rain.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 082010


  • 76,380 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Volvo XC90. While driving 45 mph, he heard a loud noise. He shut the engine off and had the vehicle towed to a mechanic. He was told by the mechanic that the rear bearing needed to be replaced because there was no oil getting to the bearing (by design). He called the manufacturer and was informed that they could not assist him. The vehicle was being repaired when the complaint was filed. The current mileage was 76,431. The failure mileage was approximately 76,380.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

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