Breaking Into Volvos is Hard

Break Into Your P2 Volvo Locked Out -

Here’s an interesting take on the degree of theft-proofness of Volvo cars, by a “former tow truck driver and professional thief (Repo man)” TerrDawg. TerrDawg »  As a former tow truck driver and professional thief (Repo man) the one car in the 80’s and 90’s we absolutely hated was Volvos … The lock out kit included […]

PCV Job on a Volvo 2.9 Engine

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MVS Contributor SuperHerman steps us through a PCV job on a Volvo 2.9 liter 6-cylinder. This applies generally to either B6294x or B6304x family. This engine powers over a million S80 and XC90 Volvos. If you want an alternate topic to follow for this PCV on a 2.9, check this out. Otherwise here is the link to this Volvo forum PCV job 2.9. […]

TCM Control Module Adaptation – AW55-50

Flares Hard Shifts - AW55-50/51SN

Botbasher » After my recent experiences and discoveries with the loveable slush box we know as the AW55-50/51SN, I thought I would jot them all down for those either having similar issues but finding no joy, or those facing similar issues and wondering what to do. I searched MVS for a deeper explanation for this oft […]

XC90 Sabotage – Vandals Destroy Fuel System

XC90 Sabotage -

We have a Category Red issue happening now. MVS Forums member Jeeptroll’s 2006 XC90 V8 was vandalized in Washington, D.C. The vandal(s) put debris in the gas tank after prying open the fuel filler door. The debris could be sugar and plant matter. The XC90 was of course disabled, and he towed it 180 miles […]

XC90 Pushes While in Drive & Reverse

Volvo XC90 V8 pushes while in drive

No fewer than four XC90 owners chime in on this forum thread with the same problem: their XC90 is pushing while they’re at a stoplight or just generally stopped, when the SUV is in Drive and their foot is on the brake. User klauzon1 issues the definitive answer when he writes …the torque converter of […]

Thor’s Hammer Headlights

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  Thor’s Hammer is the nickname given to Volvo headlights since the second-generation XC90 debuted in 2015 on the SPA platform. It’s a distinctive shape that, well, looks like a hammer ;-). The headlights got the moniker Thor’s hammer because Volvo is Swedish, and modern-day Sweden was the center of the Viking Age.   In Norse mythology, Thor is […]

XC90 Photos — First Generation — 2003-2014

XC90 First Gen Photo Collage -

See the XC90 page for XC90 history, quirks, reputation and model year changes. These are from Volvo itself… “OEM” photos ;-). They were used for Volvo’s various avenues of promotion: brochures, printed ads, their Web site etc. If you like these you might enjoy Volvo 850 photos.

DIY: 2005 XC90 Heater Core Replacement

2005 XC90 Heater Core DIY

Overview CN90 continues his documented DIY tear with this fine 2005 XC90 Heater Core Replacement piece. The cabin heater in his XC90 was blowing lukewarm air. Now it’s hot again. UPDATE, outside temp today was in 32F. Normally, it is lukewarm with the OLD heater core. With this brand-new Heater Core, it is so HOT […]

XC90 2.5T Timing Belt, Water Pump, Serpentine Belt

2005 Xc90 T5 Timing Belt Water Pump

It’s time for your 5-cylinder Volvo XC90 timing belt (interval PDF here), and you want to save some money and do it yourself. If you’re mechanically inclined and have worked on cars before, this will probably be not too difficult for you to complete. Keep in mind this tutorial is not only comprehensive and well […]