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#428 of 920 2004 xc90 transmission
Nov 20, 2009 (7:11 am)
New to the forum. Transmission slipping & jerking pretty bad. Checked messages and saw the Transmission Service Urgent. Stopped by local Volvo, BMW, Mercedes shop (not dealer) this morning. He says to change fluid & filter then see what happens. I just started reading the forum. Any advise on what to do?? Anyone from Atlanta area??? Nally has service my car in the past. Have not had many problems. I bought new and have had it for 6 1/2 years, 76,000 miles. Please help.
#429 of 920 Re: 2004 xc90 transmission [dawn28]
Nov 20, 2009 (12:20 pm)
It sounds like your transmission has started to go, I'm not sure a transmission fluid & filter change will correct this (I'm not a mechanic though). My car died 2 days after having the transmission fluid & filter changed ($400) at the dealership.
There were no previous warning signs, it just wouldn't accelerate, the urgent transmission service light came on and we towed it to the dealer. My car was at 45K miles and out of the 4 yr. warranty mark, but the dealer paid for the transmission rebuild, hoses, and radiator under their "good will" agreement. I also bought new and have only had the car serviced at the dealership, so that might be why they covered everything without an argument, which isn't fair.
Good luck in whatever you decide, but check if the dealer will repair your car for free despite it being out of warranty. Just mention what you found on this site.
#430 of 920 2004 xc90 transmission
Nov 20, 2009 (1:54 pm)
Well, my Volvo xc90 T6 with 76,000 km on it has started leaking ATF. The Volvo dealership either did not notice it or decided to ignore it at 75,000 km service.
I went to an independent Volvo mechanic who told me it appears to be the gasket.
I will have to replace the gasket and ATF. I'm worried now that the ATF is going to be replaced my transmission will die shortly after.
Any advice? I bought my car 2nd hand with 69,000 km on it and I found that the original transmission in it was replaced at 48,000 km. Hopefully this is a stronger one (or so dealer said).
Thanks for any advice,
#431 of 920 Re: 2004 xc90 transmission [dawn28]
Nov 20, 2009 (2:58 pm)
Atlanta, here. Northpoint Volvo in Roswell is where I bought my 2004, XC90 AWD and have usually had it serviced there. I got the dreaded light last June at 59K. Went to the guys (not Volvo) that I have serviced for me over the years (because they were closest when this happened) and they told me that I would have to go to Volvo. Volvo said that I needed a new transmission. Price tag, $5000. I protested and they talked to Volvo and ended up charging me about $1000. Now, I just hope it doesn't happen, again. On this forum, I have heard from people who have had 3 or more transmissions put in.
Until this happened, I loved my car, but this drives me crazy and makes me so mad at Volvo. I was about ready to buy a new XC90 AWD when the whole transmission thing happened and now just don't know what to buy and I certainly don't want to unload my '04 on some unsuspecting person.
#432 of 920 add me to the club...
Nov 22, 2009 (11:12 am)
We bought our 2005 T6 used with 40k. Last year, transmission fluid started leaking, and our Volvo shop let me know that if I wasn't going to need a new transmission then, I would need one eventually. I have intermittently seen the "Transmission Service Required" light, and had the flushes, the software upgrades, and gaskets changed. Three shops were unable to figure it out. As we were out of warranty, I purchased an extended plan through my financing company, and have been waiting for the shoe to drop.
Well, yesterday it finally did. Husband drove it, and when I re-entered, I see the lovely red exclamation point and the "Transmission Service Urgent". Gave me no trouble, so I drove it to my in-laws, borrowed their Acura sedan, and it sits 'til tomorrow when it goes to my Volvo guy.
I've heard the various clunks, ticks, and needed brakes and rotors, but I do still love this car. Have had all work done before required mileage, and the previous owners did too. We owned an MDX previous, which also have documented transmission problems. I pray, pray, pray that my plan will cover this, as I WILL NOT fork out thousands for this, and that car will become one expensive plant holder if not.
Class-action, here we come!!!! My in-laws are Acura people (as we were, too), and they have had two transmissions replaced at no charge in their TL. I don't know whether to try to go fight with Volvo about this (in the short holiday week, no less) or just try to stick my warranty company with the expense. But one thing is for sure- I AM NOT PAYING FOR THIS. These cars were too expensive at the outcost, and for maintenance, for Volvo to not hold some responsibility. I can name 4 regular joe vehicles that we have owned in the past 12 years, which cost much less and never needed such repairs. Volvo should have known better than to stick GM junk in cars bought at that price point. And even if I can get mine covered under my warranty, I want to take a stand for the rest of you who don't have that option.
#433 of 920 Re: XC90 Transmission Volvo doing the right thing! [lookingtohelp]
Nov 22, 2009 (11:15 am)
Acura. Two goodwill transmissions in my in-laws '01 TL. One at 108k. Had bought and serviced the whole time at dealership.
#434 of 920 Volvo Transmission
Nov 23, 2009 (10:17 am)
Just an update. Called Volvo dealership in Marietta on Friday. They said bring it in on Monday. I have not driven it since Friday. Twenty miles from my home and 50 miles from dealership, it would not go. I am sitting on the side of the highway waiting on a tow truck. I had it towed to the dealer. I am waiting to see what they say. Everyone, please be careful while driving with the "transmission" message on. My car was completely fine one day, message came on the next, and completely shut down the next. I know I need a new transmission, I am just praying Volvo will cover it.
#435 of 920 Re: Volvo Transmission [dawn28]
Nov 23, 2009 (12:47 pm)
Just found out today Volvo is covering my transmission at 71k miles. It slips terrible and I wouldn't feel safe leaving town. We had the code reset and it hasn't come back on but whatever broke that made the code go off the first time, is still messed up. Just so thankful I'm not paying for it!!!
#436 of 920 Re: Volvo Transmission [hoff2248]
Nov 23, 2009 (1:07 pm)
Hoff2248, Did you have to have your transmission replaced or a code reset??
#437 of 920 Re: xc90 T6 Volvo sounds
Nov 26, 2009 (9:45 pm)
i get shivers reading some of these posts.
i test drove an 2004 xc90 T6 today. drove nice except when i went to park it. i turned hard to the right and heard a clunking sound. I then felt the steering was shifting and somewhat loose.
Anyone know about these problems? i love the car but sounds like potential trouble.