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#451 of 920 XC90 transmission problems
Dec 08, 2009 (7:57 pm)
My service transmission urgent light came on 3 days ago. After reading all of the messages on this site and others, I was very discouraged. I have a 2004 Volvo XC90 with 97,300 miles. I bought the car 2 1/2 years ago. It was pre-owned when I bought it. My husband towed it to the nearest dealership 2 1/2 hours away today, and was told it would need a new transmission and radiator -- $6500.00. I called Volvo USA and spoke with a wonderful customer service rep. who said she would open a file and let me know something within a couple of days. Two hours later she called to say that Volvo would pay 100% of the repair cost! There are a lot of stories on here that did not turn out well, so I wanted to post one that had. Hope this gives encouragement to others on this message board looking for some answers.
#452 of 920 Re: ended up being a mis-firing solenoid [jbs05]
Dec 08, 2009 (8:13 pm)
Hi jbs 095-
My warranty was offered to me by Citibank, who holds our loan. I researched the tranny problems after I had a fluid spill last Dec in the middle of a raging snowstorm, and they scared the bejeezus out of me. I got the offer in the mail about a week later, which gave me 45 k of coverage for approx $3500 and figured that if it covered the tranny, and a new one would cost $6500, that I'd come out ahead or at least have the peace of mind at 0% financing, which I would never get if I had to charge a new tranny. So I bit, and the tranny repairs I just experienced ran $2000 from my Volvo guy. Because I envision still that I will need a complete new tranny at some point in time, I will keep renewing. I've heard of other people getting them through their insurance companies as well. Volvo USA probably would not have covered the solenoid, and because we're a good hour from any dealership and I love my Volvo guy, it just seemed easier. Peace of mind is priceless, especially for $160 bucks a month.
#453 of 920 Re: Laws65 made her email public today [verot6]
Dec 19, 2009 (12:59 pm)
I'm reading about all the problems xc90 owners are having and I'm afraid that I might fall into their nightmare. So I would like to prepare myself. I have downloaded all the recalls from safecar.gov on the xc90 and I would like the info or contact person at Volvo USA corp.
I would like to tip my hat to you and mr Green for all the help you have been providing to the people on the Edmunds car forum.
2004 xc90 appx. 95K miles
#454 of 920 Re: XC90 transmission problems [djdowns]
Dec 19, 2009 (1:38 pm)
do you have the contact at Volvo Corp. or the # you called? This fourm is scaring me, that we bought the wrong car?
#455 of 920 03 XC90 T6 Transmission and Radiator Failure at 83K
Dec 20, 2009 (10:54 am)
On December 10, 2009, the dreaded Transmission Service Urgent message appeared on my console. Luckily, and just barely, I was able to limp the car home. The next morning, I called Volvo North America, LLC (800-458-1552) asking for their Goodwill consideration for the repairs. They were very sympathetic and opened a file.
I then had the car towed to my local service department: Nalley Volvo in Marietta, GA. Upon arrival, I explained to the service advisor that I knew about the history of transmission failure on this vehicle (only because I had stumbled upon this forum; but, not before I bought the car—darn it), and that I had already contacted Volvo NA for assistance.
I waited for 2 hours while they diagnosed the problems. Once, they came back to me asking for permission to perform a $250 diagnostic test to determine if glycol was present in the transmission fluid. It was. The final verdict was that the car needed a new radiator and a new transmission!
Anyway, this story has a happy ending, because the repairs were almost entirely covered under Goodwill or Warranty, which is how they listed it on the invoice. However, I did “participate” in $952.45 of the repair costs, which I considered a bargain.
Although I did not ask (I know not to look a gift horse in the mouth), I am sure that the repairs were easily $10,000. The parts list alone was a full page long, and the labor hours must have been in the double digits.
Also, my Volvo is not under warranty. It is a pre-owned, trade-in that I purchased from a Toyota dealership. So, go figure. Miracles do happen.
Anyway, after this scare, and knowing what I now know about the vehicle, I am looking to purchase an extended warranty for when this happens again. Does anyone out there know of a good, honest company in this business?
#456 of 920 Re: 03 XC90 T6 Transmission and Radiator Failure at 83K [shaforgacs]
Dec 20, 2009 (6:21 pm)
I will be going thru the same thing Mon. and I already made calls to warranty co. and the price was coming back around $2,000 - 3,000 for 36 mts. thank you for your story. everyone pray for me I'll ley you know what happens
#457 of 920 And the results are in!!!
Dec 22, 2009 (6:05 pm)
I drove to the dealer and 5 hrs later I was told that I need a new tran. and it cost me $150 for the info. I've given them all the main. records and I'm waiting to hear from them.
#458 of 920 87k and Transmission Urgent Service Required
Dec 23, 2009 (1:07 pm)
I got transmission service required light 7 days ago. Went to a dealer in downtown Los Angeles, they said transmission is fine, no problems, I need to replace a sensor though. $640!!! Ok, i cough up $640. 7 days later i go for a trip to Yosemite, on the way back i see infamous urgent transmission service light. Since I already browsed through this forum I expected the worse. Luckily I was able to get back to town and this morning I went to a dealer. Short diagnostic, 4th gear is slipping, some fluid in the transmission, NEED REPLACEMENT!!! Hold on, didn't you say 7 days ago transmission was fine !?!?!??!!??!? The service guy asked for an extended warranty (which I don't have - I assumed car like Volvo would be a great investement - FOR LIFE - mistake!!!) but I immediately mentioned this forum and all the cases I've read about-then his attitude changed, and he simply said to take car back home and that he'll contact Volvo regarding the matter and will let me know results. Well, we'll see....I owned S80 before and I loved my 2005 XC90 T6, but I'd never buy it if I knew they put GMC tranny inside it. I bought it because I wanted Swedish quality, not Detroit crap. I thought I'd stick with Volvo for long time, but now...let's see what their service will do, if they don't step up the plate to fix it, I'll post this everywhere, facebook, twitter, forums, write all the letters you guys advised to write, join whatever lawsuit that might come up. This is just ridiculous, the recall should've been announced long time ago. I'll keep everybody updated, hopefully Volvo is still worth its name.
#459 of 920 Tip of The Hat
Dec 23, 2009 (9:52 pm)
Well, fellow xc90'ers I got the call today, the 3rd gear was out and no coolant in the tran. fluid, but they did find metal. So, the radiator and lines have to be replaced and w/o a single phone call to NJ they are replacing 100% of everything, minus the $150 diagnostic charge. WOW, good luck to everyone.
#460 of 920 XC-90 real trouble....powers down while driving
Dec 27, 2009 (3:22 am)
I lease a 2009 XC-90 has only 15,000 miles on it. While driving on a highway my Volvo just stopped running...shut right down while I was going 70 mph. The electronic indicator read "anti skid message" and then "check engine message". Once I sat on the side of the highway I was able to drive it back home (130 miles one way). I brought to the dealership and they found no problems. A month later the same thing happened on a 30 mile round trip....eight times the car just shut off while driving...no power steering...just shut off. Anyone else ever had this problem? I'm bringing back to dealer asap. Hopefully something in the electronics that's an easy fix. Thank god this is a lease!