Air conditioning problems? Start here.
This one has very low miles, but accordingly is a bit pricy for an ’04. It is 2.5T but doesn’t say if it is AWD–something we neither want or need in our climate, so FWD is the first criteria. We plan to look at it tomorrow morning just to see if the entrance/egress is good for our senior selves.
Good to see Volvo is keeping up with the rest of auto manufacturers in reversing a 30-year automobile weight gain trend. Weight is half the MPG battle, and it’s difficult to pull off because car generations can be a decade or longer, and shedding weight without starting from a clean sheet is problematic. (The current XC90 generation is entering its 12th year of production!)
In addition to the information in the MVS Volvo Forums post (link below), I suggest browsing the Volvo Buyer’s Guide. It contains dozens of helpful do’s and don’ts for all used Volvos.
MVS Forum member Simon Templar asks how to remove the “roof module” and “bulb interior lighting” portions of the headliner without breaking it. The full forum entry contains links to these portions in the service manual for a Volvo XC90. Volvo XC90 Headliner Removal
“Here is a tutorial I put together after having to replace the rear hubs on my 2006 XC90… after doing the first one. It was easy, and I didn’t see any other tutorial on it… so here’s my shot at it. If anyone has the torque ratings, I’ll add them in – I don’t have any manuals so had to guess.”
The stickers are the result of a combination of Volvo’s marketing department and Volvo RWD enthusiast Dave Barton. Paraphrasing Dave: in 2003, to show the accident-avoiding reflexes of the new XC90, Volvo built the “Moose Avoidance Test.” It was their bit of closed track where the XC90 stunt driver would avoid a dummy moose.
Angle Gear Chain Drive Fluid: Volvo P/N: 1161745 [API GL-4 75W-80]
Bevel Gear Fluid (Front Angle Gear): Volvo P/N: 31259380 [API GL-5 75W-90]
Haldex Fluid (Contraption In Front of Rear Axle): [unsure on P/N]
Rear Differential (Rear Axle Housing): Volvo P/N: 1161620 [API GL-5 80W]
The angle gear units do not have gear parts available from Volvo as spare parts. The bearings and seals are serviced but not the actual gears. One of the gears is mounted to a spindle using a specialized adhesive and is pressed on. The press fit makes that spindle not usable to properly retain a new gear pressed onto it.
This is one of the most broad Stage 0s I’ve seen of the XC90 model. MVS Forum user XVTer spent a good deal of time and money baselining his new 2004 XC90 T6. Really interesting read.
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Owners past and present of model year 2003, 2004, and 2005 Volvo XC90 T6 vehicles equipped with a General Motors transmission may see money this October. Almost two years ago a law firm filed a class-action suit against Volvo. Here at MVS we’ve been railing against buying a XC90 T6 for a good long while, and we continue to shout warnings about the GM transmission in the T6 model from every rooftop we can.
A wealth of information on changing brake pads and rotors on your XC90 “So I am going to replace the pads/rotors on my XC90, I am pretty excited that they are original and I have 56K on the car. With that success rate I am REALLY leaning towards full OEM this go around, I usually […]