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Post by VolvoXC90-03 » Sun Dec 10, 2006 4:09 pm

The whole transmission in my 2004 Volvo XC90 went and i was wondering if anyone has had the same problem.

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Re: Transmission Problems

Post by joycepeck » Tue Mar 06, 2007 9:02 am

VolvoXC90-03 wrote:The whole transmission in my 2004 Volvo XC90 went and i was wondering if anyone has had the same problem.
I own a 2005 XC90 with less than 20,000 miles and the transmission went out on it last Thursday. No explanation from dealer, just being replaced with new one and they are happy. It is warranty but still I'd like to know why.

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Transmission Failure, 2004 XC90

Post by buckeye1 » Wed Oct 03, 2007 8:21 am

I purchased my 2004 XC90 through Military Car Sales while serving overseas. My vehicle went in the local dealership on numerous occasions explaining to them that we were experiencing problems with the transmission slipping and not operating correctly. Of course, like most dealerships they find the easy over the hard way to explain what the problems was. Needless to say, I am back stateside, my warranty has expired, and it is now sitting at an AAMCO shop for repairs. When I initially return from overseas in August of this year I had to take it the dealer for the exact same problem, warning signal appeared on dash,and I was told by the dealer in Fredericksburg, VA, after diagnostic checks were performed they stated that there was too much fluid in the transmission, and they needed to purge some for it begin to operate more smoothly.... WRONG! Now the vehicle is worst than it was when I took it there in the first place. My concern with the whole issue is that I spent quite a deal of money for this vehicle, and feel strongly that Volvo has to give an explanation why why a vehicle with just 62,00 miles has to have a new transmission.

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Post by pattieb » Fri Oct 12, 2007 11:45 am

Join the club! My '03 with 64000 miles needs a new transmission. My husband called Volvo customer service to see what they would do since the warranty is only 5/5. They said we should have purchased the extended warranty and are willing to give us a 10% break on a $5000 estimate - big deal! We had it towed to another transmission place this morning. In talking with different mechanics, this seems to be a very common problem with all makes of volvos. Needless to say, I tell everyone I know and even those who drive a Volvo that I don't know to dump it before the warranty expires.

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Post by MadeInJapan » Sat Nov 10, 2007 3:24 pm

Aren't transmissions warrantied for longer than the basic plan? I would think so. I have read many stories where owners, even after the warranty has expired got Volvo to take care of transmissions. In regards to the guy who came stateside from overseas and who's warranty has expired, take your car to the dealer and if at all possible, show them the paperwork of previous repairs and where you took your car in with complaints related to the transmission. If the dealer won't budge, then go higher to the regional manager and even Volvo of North America.
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Post by pattieb » Sat Nov 10, 2007 8:41 pm

No the transmission does not carry a warranty longer than the basic. The dealer had no desire to help and it was Volvo NA that offered the 10% off. I only wish I could sell it for at least what I owe on it, but no luck so far. No more volvos for me!

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Rear Final Drive Unit 04 XC90 T6

Post by seldon » Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:00 pm

Our 04 XC90 T6 has been diagnosed with a leaking rear final drive. Cost to replace? $4400. The vehicle has 51000 miles on it; the warranty expired last June, but we purchased it in December.

Two questions? Any alternative repairs? Any idea how best to approach Volvo? In our case, Volvo North America has already denied my request for a courtesy repair due to the vehicle being past the warranty expiration date.
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Post by binger » Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:43 pm

I am new to this website so I hope this will post ok. I purchased a 2004 Volvo XC90 last April and unfortunately did not get an extended warranty. Within in the first few days my radio didn't work. The stations kept coming in and out and then would eventually not work at all. Our local dealer tried for two weeks to see if they could fix it but with no prevail. I had to purchase a new radio that cost a little over $800.00.

The first week of September I went to make a left hand turn (on a very busy street I might add) and my transmission went out. I couldn't move. At only 55,000 miles I thought I might have some luck with our dealer or Volvo and getting this replaced for free. Yeah right, what was I thinking. After 2 months of fighting with both Volvo and our local dealer (Crippen or should I say Crappin' - rude people) we had to replace the transmission for more than $4,000.00.

I purchased this Volvo because of safety and reliability. Guess I was wrong. The car didn't give me any warning that there was any problem with either the radio or transmission they both just stopped working. Did I mention I had both of my kids with me when the transmimssion went out.

Anyway, I dont' know why but it makes me feel better to read all your comments and to know that I'm not the only one experiencing these problems. I am shocked that Volvo won't stand behind their car. After gcontact many people it ended with a call (from who they say was their top management personel) they said they couldn't help because the car didn't have a history of a 'perfect service record'. This was my first car purchase that wasn't General Motors made and have experienced more problems in less than a year with my Volvo than I ever did with any of my General Motors vehicle. If any is looking to buy another Volvo let me know :D

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Post by Maxbaby » Sat Sep 27, 2008 5:01 pm

I'll just add this here, that the parts guys at my Volvo dealership told me recently that it's the XC90 T6's that are the ones to avoid at all costs. They said it's a GM designed/partially assembled transmission on these XC90's that was a pile of junk from the drawing board. They said there aren't anywhere near the number of transmission problems with the T5's or the V8 model XC90s.

I'd like to know if any of the mods have any insight on this bit of information, as wifey and I are debating buying an XC90 for the space. I'm more in favor of an XC70 only because of the slightly better fuel economy, but that's another debate altogether...
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Re: Transmission Problems

Post by stone36 » Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:28 pm

Do just what Volvo said and DON,T buy T6. They did change the transmission, I think for 2006, but the 03-05 is a GM that is a modified version of what they use in the Pontiac sunfire. If I remember right coolant leaks into the transmission and burns up the insides.

You'll find posts everywhere about tranny's going at 10K-50K, Volvo hasn't and won't make a replacement for them, so they are SUPER expensive ($5K) because there are only so many to go around and you have to buy a rebuilt.

The only exception is if you have great access to a few rebuilts and someone who can put it in for under $500. Because you can find the T6 model for $2K-$4k less than the 5 or 8 cyl.

But that still leaves you to risk being stranded somewhere. From everything I read, you get a warning light and about 5 miles later you are going nowhere...
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