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Re: Volvo XC90 - Why you love yours!

Post by June » Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:24 am

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What is battery like in new Volvos? Are there any? Does the engine start/stop feature changes battery life in urban driving?

June wrote:
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I stopped off at Volvo to get Evap hoses and salivated over a nice XC90 inside...Howe are they getting 20+ mpg city’s out of this beast?
After driving a 2018 XC90 T6 for 3 weeks last month, I think I can answer your question. It is the drive e system mated with a 8 speed automatic. That's a 2.0 4 cyl with both turbo and supercharger that shuts down and starts itself with autostart. In the normal driving mode the engine drives with considerably less power dialled back for fuel economy. To make the vehicle drive like a T6 the DYNAMIC mode must be selected which drops the in town mileage to 15mpg and a eliminates the autostart as well, but the mileage cost is well worth the power gain imo.

I reall like the XC90 and would buy one if I loose my S80 for any reason such as if it gets totalled. I would be receptive to just buying one if the DYNAMIC mode could be permanently selected. Just a pain in the ass to have to select a drive mode every time I want to go anywhere. Also no key sucks. June
Yes a normal battery with a motorcycle battery in addition. So 2 batteries in all. I hate the stop start! June
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Post by TeddyBoo » Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:12 am

My Volvo kept me safe in a crash , barely dented and me and my wife were all ok. Really have to give it to them , they make great cars.

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Post by shiloh51933 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:08 am

We love our 2004 Volvo XC90 T6 for many reasons. My opinion on Volvo in general is biased because I'm a Volvo Enthusiast and I've always wanted an XC90 T6 since they came onto the market. The T6 is obviously much nicer than the T5, bigger engine, twin turbocharged inline 6, bigger wheels, bigger brakes, better interior/exterior , really practical if you have children, excellent visibility, we really like the 3rd row seating and the handling/dampening is excellent for a large midsized SUV. Our transmission was replaced under warranty at 90k b4 we purchased her and we have extensive records of Volvo dealership services being preformed as per manufacturer recommendations. All the suspension/front end/steering parts were also replaced around 100k at the Dealership but the work orders states this stuff was replaced as per owners request rather than repairs...as far as I can tell.
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I just did a full service for our XC90 yesterday, we use only the best. Liqui Moly 5w40, Mayle oil filter, new oil plug/crush washer, new oil filler cap gasket, topped up washer fluid w/Prestone yellow, new factory Bosch windshield wipers. Doing Transmission drain/fills with Aisin Warner ATF Type T- IV for our 2004 XC90 T6 & 2004 XC70 today.
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Re: Volvo XC90 - Why you love yours!

Post by June » Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:37 am

shiloh51933 wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:08 am
We love our 2004 Volvo XC90 T6 for many reasons. My opinion on Volvo in general is biased because I'm a Volvo Enthusiast and I've always wanted an XC90 T6 since they came onto the market. The T6 is obviously much nicer than the T5, bigger engine, twin turbocharged inline 6, bigger wheels, bigger brakes, better interior/exterior , really practical if you have children, excellent visibility, we really like the 3rd row seating and the handling/dampening is excellent for a large midsized SUV. Our transmission was replaced under warranty at 90k b4 we purchased her and we have extensive records of Volvo dealership services being preformed as per manufacturer recommendations. All the suspension/front end/steering parts were also replaced around 100k at the Dealership but the work orders states this stuff was replaced as per owners request rather than repairs...as far as I can tell.
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I just did a full service for our XC90 yesterday, we use only the best. Liqui Moly 5w40, Mayle oil filter, new oil plug/crush washer, new oil filler cap gasket, topped up washer fluid w/Prestone yellow, new factory Bosch windshield wipers. Doing Transmission drain/fills with Aisin Warner ATF Type T- IV for our 2004 XC90 T6 & 2004 XC70 today.
The 2004 T6 transmission requires Dextron III fluid. There is genuine Volvo Dextron fluid. I would not put non Dextron in your T6. It has a 4T65 GM transmission. June
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Post by 352pro » Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:13 pm

I have a 2008 XC90 and I love it endlessly. I bought mine used with 70,000 miles after discovering my wife was pregnant. It seemed like the perfect car for transporting the baby around and doing family stuff. I was right, it was perfect. Over time I have come to realize that it is one of the most beautifully designed cars around. Everything about it is a pleasure, I don't even know where to begin.

Living in Miami Beach, I see all kinds of crazy cars, but the XC90 hangs with the best of them when cleaned up nicely, which it always is. I feel that Volvo nailed the concept of lagom with this model. Anything else they could have done would have tipped the scale in a direction not in line with Sweedish thinking about having just the right amount of something.

Reliability is absolute with this vehicle, though it has not been maintenance free. But the motor feels like new at 150,000 and it handles better than all the new SUVs I've been in. It has better ergonomics than any car I know of, and I pay attention to the world of cars in general. It is also the ultimate comfort car for long distance traveling. For me, it's perfect. It is truly a special car that I could talk endlessly about, but I will stop there. It's the best. Period :)

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Post by shiloh51933 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:23 am

June wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:37 am
shiloh51933 wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:08 am
We love our 2004 Volvo XC90 T6 for many reasons. My opinion on Volvo in general is biased because I'm a Volvo Enthusiast and I've always wanted an XC90 T6 since they came onto the market. The T6 is obviously much nicer than the T5, bigger engine, twin turbocharged inline 6, bigger wheels, bigger brakes, better interior/exterior , really practical if you have children, excellent visibility, we really like the 3rd row seating and the handling/dampening is excellent for a large midsized SUV. Our transmission was replaced under warranty at 90k b4 we purchased her and we have extensive records of Volvo dealership services being preformed as per manufacturer recommendations. All the suspension/front end/steering parts were also replaced around 100k at the Dealership but the work orders states this stuff was replaced as per owners request rather than repairs...as far as I can tell.
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I just did a full service for our XC90 yesterday, we use only the best. Liqui Moly 5w40, Mayle oil filter, new oil plug/crush washer, new oil filler cap gasket, topped up washer fluid w/Prestone yellow, new factory Bosch windshield wipers. Doing Transmission drain/fills with Aisin Warner ATF Type T- IV for our 2004 XC90 T6 & 2004 XC70 today.
The 2004 T6 transmission requires Dextron III fluid. There is genuine Volvo Dextron fluid. I would not put non Dextron in your T6. It has a 4T65 GM transmission. June
June I appreciate your feedback always. Yes you are correct that DeX 3 is what's called for but T-IV exceeds dex3 and is compatible. DeX 3 should not be used in a T-IV or 3309 Transmission. I'm sure somebody will chime in to confirm this but thank you again.
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Re: Volvo XC90 - Why you love yours!

Post by June » Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:44 am

shiloh51933 wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:23 am
June wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:37 am
shiloh51933 wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:08 am
We love our 2004 Volvo XC90 T6 for many reasons. My opinion on Volvo in general is biased because I'm a Volvo Enthusiast and I've always wanted an XC90 T6 since they came onto the market. The T6 is obviously much nicer than the T5, bigger engine, twin turbocharged inline 6, bigger wheels, bigger brakes, better interior/exterior , really practical if you have children, excellent visibility, we really like the 3rd row seating and the handling/dampening is excellent for a large midsized SUV. Our transmission was replaced under warranty at 90k b4 we purchased her and we have extensive records of Volvo dealership services being preformed as per manufacturer recommendations. All the suspension/front end/steering parts were also replaced around 100k at the Dealership but the work orders states this stuff was replaced as per owners request rather than repairs...as far as I can tell.
20190103_163312.jpg20190103_170424.jpg20190103_150439.jpg20190103_150355.jpg

I just did a full service for our XC90 yesterday, we use only the best. Liqui Moly 5w40, Mayle oil filter, new oil plug/crush washer, new oil filler cap gasket, topped up washer fluid w/Prestone yellow, new factory Bosch windshield wipers. Doing Transmission drain/fills with Aisin Warner ATF Type T- IV for our 2004 XC90 T6 & 2004 XC70 today.
The 2004 T6 transmission requires Dextron III fluid. There is genuine Volvo Dextron fluid. I would not put non Dextron in your T6. It has a 4T65 GM transmission. June
June I appreciate your feedback always. Yes you are correct that DeX 3 is what's called for but T-IV exceeds dex3 and is compatible. DeX 3 should not be used in a T-IV or 3309 Transmission. I'm sure somebody will chime in to confirm this but thank you again.
Seems foolish to me but it is your transmission! If Asain type 4 was acceptable to the designer and manufacturer Volvo would not have bothered to use and bottle Dextron since the majority of the vehicles they built in 2004 had the Asain transmission. As the 4T65 has a high failure rate in the XC is it really a good idea to install incorrect fluid? June
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Post by shiloh51933 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:53 pm

June wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:44 am
shiloh51933 wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:23 am
June wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:37 am


The 2004 T6 transmission requires Dextron III fluid. There is genuine Volvo Dextron fluid. I would not put non Dextron in your T6. It has a 4T65 GM transmission. June
June I appreciate your feedback always. Yes you are correct that DeX 3 is what's called for but T-IV exceeds dex3 and is compatible. DeX 3 should not be used in a T-IV or 3309 Transmission. I'm sure somebody will chime in to confirm this but thank you again.
Seems foolish to me but it is your transmission! If Asain type 4 was acceptable to the designer and manufacturer Volvo would not have bothered to use and bottle Dextron since the majority of the vehicles they built in 2004 had the Asain transmission. As the 4T65 has a high failure rate in the XC is it really a good idea to install incorrect fluid? June
It is the correct fluid, T-IV is basically Dex III...you could say a better version of Dex III. Toyota uses T-IV in transmissions calling for Dex III, Toyota uses GM Automatic Transmissions. We've been using this stuff at my Lexus Dealership for years and as you probably know Lexus is Toyota. Besides that I've been using this in many of my vehicles calling for Dex III over the years with good results. I've owned 6 Volvo's (96'850glt, '98 V70XC, '00 V70XC, '98 V70XC, '04 XC70 & '04 XC90). I really do appreciate your participation and I understand your opinion considering the failure rate. I believe I'm going with a better fluid. How many people do you think use a full synthetic oil in there crank case against factory recommendations? Since most vehicles don't call for full synthetic oils I'd say quite a bit but most have had good results using a better version of motor oil.
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Post by June » Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:02 pm

shiloh51933 wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:53 pm
June wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:44 am
shiloh51933 wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:23 am

June I appreciate your feedback always. Yes you are correct that DeX 3 is what's called for but T-IV exceeds dex3 and is compatible. DeX 3 should not be used in a T-IV or 3309 Transmission. I'm sure somebody will chime in to confirm this but thank you again.
Seems foolish to me but it is your transmission! If Asain type 4 was acceptable to the designer and manufacturer Volvo would not have bothered to use and bottle Dextron since the majority of the vehicles they built in 2004 had the Asain transmission. As the 4T65 has a high failure rate in the XC is it really a good idea to install incorrect fluid? June
It is the correct fluid, T-IV is basically Dex III...you could say a better version of Dex III. Toyota uses T-IV in transmissions calling for Dex III, Toyota uses GM Automatic Transmissions. We've been using this stuff at my Lexus Dealership for years and as you probably know Lexus is Toyota. Besides that I've been using this in many of my vehicles calling for Dex III over the years with good results. I've owned 6 Volvo's (96'850glt, '98 V70XC, '00 V70XC, '98 V70XC, '04 XC70 & '04 XC90). I really do appreciate your participation and I understand your opinion considering the failure rate. I believe I'm going with a better fluid. How many people do you think use a full synthetic oil in there crank case against factory recommendations? Since most vehicles don't call for full synthetic oils I'd say quite a bit but most have had good results using a better version of motor oil.
I personally have had great luck with both my 2002 and 2004 S80 T6 transmissions. With my current car my dealer used a synthetic fluid in my original transmission which was fine. BG I believe. It shifted a bit on the slushy side, but no trouble. Last year my engine rear main went which required the removal of the transmission. So I felt it was silly retreinstalling a 14 year old 158K transmission back in. So I had my dealership put a new one in at a added cost of $4000.00. Now it has a lifetime warranty. The new transmission was horrible with the BG synthetic fluid. So at 162K I had the dealer do a fluid exchange to the correct Volvo bottled Dextron and all issues with the new transmission disappeared and now nearly one year later and at 175K still no issues. Also with the Volvo Dextron all shifts are sappy even 1st to 2nd with no throttle.

If I had a choice in the new 2019 XC90 between the 8 speed transmission and another 4T65 I would pay extra to get the 4T65. It's a much better driving transmission in my opinion.

How long have you been using the type 4 in your 4T65? I am really curious about any difference in shifting etc. As stated I own and drive daily a 2004 S80 T6 which is essentially your cars sister. Above is my experience with the dealer installed new Volvo 4T65 (like your car) and non standard Dextron. I find your response extremely interesting and really am questioning to learn more, not be insulting. Obviously you work for a Japanese dealer service department and have experience in this matter. I would prefer to use a synthetic fluid in my new 4T65 if it was available.

How many miles did your replacement transmission have when switched to type 4 and did it effect the shifts or any other aspect of the operation? Thank you in advance for your shared experience! June
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Post by shiloh51933 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:30 am

How long have you been using the type 4 in your 4T65? I am really curious about any difference in shifting etc. As stated I own and drive daily a 2004 S80 T6 which is essentially your cars sister. Above is my experience with the dealer installed new Volvo 4T65 (like your car) and non standard Dextron. I find your response extremely interesting and really am questioning to learn more, not be insulting. Obviously you work for a Japanese dealer service department and have experience in this matter. I would prefer to use a synthetic fluid in my new 4T65 if it was available.

How many miles did your replacement transmission have when switched to type 4 and did it effect the shifts or any other aspect of the operation? Thank you in advance for your shared experience! June
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Yes its true that the XC90 T6 had issues with said transmission, my belief is the XC90 is on the heavy side with a torquey motor and should have been able to handle the 268hp motor w/280 ft/lbs of torque.

Tripleedgeperformance.com
"Volvo S80 and XC90 T6 Transmission problems"

I tried to attach this article and link but my android wouldn't allow me to attach. Anyway there's extensive details on all the issues specifically related to Volvo S80/ XC90 T6 and the 4T65E. GM actually made a Heavy Duty version (4T65E-HD)258mm torque converter and Heavy Duty gear box. This transmission was mated to LS4 V8 and L67/L32 Supercharged V6. Maybe Volvo should have been mated to the HD version.
Anyway, I've had good results with use of T-IV with the imports for years. Personally I've never had an issue using T-IV and have actually experienced smoother shift points and especially reverse gear engagement when shifting from 1st gear/drive gear. I lost my '96 850 to burnt exhaust valves sometime after 300k on the odometer. I lost my first '98 V70XC to motor seizure after the reservoir hose broke and the level sensor failed during a long trip...it was too late at that point. Both of the vehicles had T-IV fluid for about 100k and I usually change the fluid around 30k using the drain/fill method because I wasn't the original owner. I still have the other '98 V70XC and I've been using AW T-IV since 100k, it now has almost 125k. The 2004 XC70 calls for Aisin Warner T-IV and I've been using this fluid for like 100k.
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