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Volvo XC90 - Why you love yours!

Help, Advice, Owners' Discussion and DIY Tutorials on Volvo XC90s. The XC90 proved to be very popular, and very good for Volvo's sales numbers, since its introduction in model year 2003 (North America).
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songzunhuang
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We’ve put over 120k miles (of its 151k) on our XC90 now and I am still delighted by its ride and general comfort. So far, it been excellent! My wife likes it so much she has declined a new XC90 as she likes our current one just fine!
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Post by xHeart »

Indeed an excellent driving experience, however, I found 2013 XC90 cabin heating is way slower than our 97 850 and 2001 V70XC.

Is something in decline, failing -- a remedy before extreme weather arrives?
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I have mine 2005 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Black, with 155000 miles, and still has smooth engine.

Never found any issues with it, what a lovely car.
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Just went to Jiffy Lube for Transmission Fluid Exchange for my 2005 Volvo XC90, it has black color fluid. Well, they did tremendous job, the flush went well, and it works perfectly fine. No slipping gear, running smooth... Now my Volvo is running like black stallion again!
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biskandar wrote: Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:13 am I have mine 2005 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Black, with 155000 miles, and still has smooth engine.
I got the same truck with the executive package. Got it as a $500 mechanics special with 238,000 miles on it, engine barely ran. Plugs, PCV, Intake manifold gasket and six remanufactured fuel injectors and now it runs like new.
1998 C70, B5234T3, 16T, AW50-42, Bosch Motronic 4.4, Special Edition package.
2003 S40, B4204T3, 14T twin scroll AW55-50/51SN, Siemens EMS 2000.
2004 S60R, B8444S TF80 AWD.
2005 XC90 T6 Executive, B6294T, 4T65 AWD, Bosch Motronic 7.0.
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Hello, this my first time working on a 2007 Volvo xc90 3.2. I am trying to remove the valve cover I have not been successful doing it so .Do I need to remove the entire timing cover to get the valve cover off, any help will be helpful. Thanks.
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So much we love about this car.

I love the height of the loading bay, and the fact that you can comfortably lie down flat in the car when the back seats are folded, without having the impression that you're lying on the floor of a trunk - it's very snug. Our youngest was delighted to "camp" in the car this way. The small ledge when opening the rear is also very useful for either picnic or changing shoes. When I pick up the kids from sports, I have them take off their muddy shoes on that ledge, then crawl through to the back seats with just their socks on.

We feel safe and comfortable on long trips, ready to confront all weather conditions especially with the new Michelin CrossClimate tyres. This comfort extends to the third row, which are more than just jump seats.

Changing (front) lightbulbs is a pleasure, no tools needed ! With our previous car, we literally had to go to a garage to get this done because of the poor design. Smart design choices like this have made the car pretty repairable as well, on the few occasions where this was needed. For example, the plastic cover next to the driver's seat controls tends to crack. It was almost effortless to order this spare part and install it. Moreover, you could see that Volvo had adapted the design of this part (adding a few internal ribs) so that the replacement wouldn't crack so easily. The car oozes quality all-round.

There's also a range of less attractive aspects of our car, but somehow she's managed to steal our hearts and I still my find myself smiling when I drive her.
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I have a 98 V70 XC.
This is my first Turbo Charged car, and also my first European car.
Why do I love this car? Simple. They are easy to work on. I have worked on Toyotas, and Chevy's, Ford's, and even a couple Saabs. But! While I have had a couple issues, namely sourcing parts, even at my Work, I have been happy with my purchase. I plan on many more years of service and fun!
Those who say, "Money can't buy happiness", obviously never bought a turbo charged car, or paid a pet adoption fee!
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We've had a 2004 2.5T AWD that we picked up 9 years ago and love it so much that we bought a 2013 3.2L Platinum last August with 56K! I've done all of the repairs & maintenance... learned a lot from this site and others. Keep up with the rubber parts and inner tie rods and you'll never tell a difference between the 16 year old car and the 7 year old car - besides the hp, oil consumption and droopy headliner.
Btw, the '04 is currently at 253K and the '13 @ 71K.

I love the confidence of putting my wife and kids in a safe vehicle.
I love that these particular models are still easy for the diy owner.

1)N/A
2)Engine has never failed... in-fact, the factory honing marks on the 2.5t were still visible during the head gasket replacement! :D
3)I have a lot of faith in the car but less in my mechanic skills, so... I can't believe that I replaced the head gasket and the car (started) made it!
4)FCP Euro's Lifetime Replacement!
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180k on the clock and no leaks, still shifts, goes, stops, looks good, and rides better than my c70 right now.
2000 C70 hpt with 140k
2008 xc90 t6 non turbo with 170k
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