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Volvo XC90, Suspension, Transmission, SUV
#458 of 900 87k and Transmission Urgent Service Required
Dec 23, 2009 (2:07 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 900 Tip of The Hat
Dec 23, 2009 (10:52 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 900 XC-90 real trouble....powers down while driving
Dec 27, 2009 (4:22 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!
#461 of 900 Re: XC-90 real trouble....powers down while driving [lovedmycar]
Dec 27, 2009 (9:23 am)
I have gotten the anti-skid message at least 20 times since I bought mine in 2007, but the only time I powered down was when I was sliding in ice and it was burning the engine. I think that was a safety mech to protect the car. Sounds like yours may have been, too? Did all the lights come on when it stalled? What did the exclamation point do?
#462 of 900 Re: XC-90 real trouble....powers down while driving [mtnmommy]
Dec 29, 2009 (2:31 am)
The anti skid message was coming on while I was driving on a dry surface and then the car just shut off...the only lights that came on was the dashboard was all lit up with check engine lights and all the other possible messages that could come up on the dashboard. First the anti skid message then "check engine" message. The Volvo mechanics changed the key switch yesterday thinking that was the problem. When I left the garage the problem started right up again on the way out of the dealership..just shut down and never started up again. Now they tore out my auto car starter thinking that was the problem (possibly a bad module). I've had a auto car starter in every vehicle I've owned over the past 15 years with no problems. I'll know today if the car starts and stays running once they've pulled the car starter out.
#463 of 900 Re: Tip of The Hat [oh_volvo]
Dec 29, 2009 (10:38 am)
Glad to hear your situation worked out. Today, on my way to the office, I was sitting at a red light. When the light turned green, I tried to accelerate and crash, sounded like a had metal in a wood chipper under my hood. Suffice to say, when the car is off and in park, it rolls around like neutral. Not good. I am waiting on a call from the trans. shop with the bad news. Question is, how did you get your work done at no charge (other than $150)?
#464 of 900 XC90 Rear Differential
Dec 29, 2009 (12:46 pm)
I own a Volvo 2005 XC90 and it has 54K miles on it. In November we started hearing a whirring sound and took it to the dealer. They said the rear hub bearings have to be changed, wasn't convinced and took it to my mechanic who works on my Toyota Avalon and he thought it was the rear differential and asked us to go back to Volvo as this shouldn't happen at this mileage and may be it is a known problem!! So we went back to the dealer this month and asked them to check again as we thought it was more than the bearings and my be the differential. They came back and said, yes it is the differential. The service adviser coated $5,200+tax for the whole job. When we said since the car was serviced all the time at the dealers they should take care of it even though the warranty was up. The service manager reviewed the case and said he will talk to Volvo in NJ. They came back yesterday and said Volvo would cover the parts and I would have to pay $1400+tax. Thought it was not a bad deal and asked them to go ahead. I then started to browse the net and stumbled on this form!!! boy'Oboy...Now I am scrambling to buy extended warranty on this car. Any suggestions? I have been driving my Avalon for 14 yrs and never had any issues..just regular maintenance has 170K mi on it....
#465 of 900 2004 Volvo XC90 T6 Tranny Toast
Dec 30, 2009 (12:26 pm)
I am an Air Force member stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. I bought this US spec XC90 from the original owner on 30 Oct 07 who was also stationed here. The XC90 was purchased in the States. The original owner had the transmission replaced in Germany at ~64,000 miles. The 2nd transmission just failed after 33,000 miles and 2.5 years. The German Volvo dealer quoted me ~ 4,500 euro to replace it, which is $6,452 at the exchange rate.
I called Volvo of North America Customer Care. The lady told me they couldn't help since the vehicle was overseas, and that Volvo of Europe couldn't help since it was a US spec vehicle. She said to have it repaired and send them the bill with all other documentation and "they" would review it on a case-by-case basis. I asked if they could assist me with contacting Volvo headquarters in Sweden, and she said "they" didn't talk with them. Completely unsympathetic.
You know the rock and a hard place? I feel like I'm in it with no one to help.
Happy holidays to everyone,
#466 of 900 Re: 2004 Volvo XC90 T6 Tranny Toast [tazandbiggun]
Dec 30, 2009 (4:56 pm)
I can only tell you what I did here in the States and you can make a decision/or do some research and see if there are corresponding type folks in Germany.
1. File a complaint on line with Volvo
2. File a complaint with the NTSB online
3. File a complaint with the Attorney General
4. File a complaint with Consumer Protection
These worked for myself and approximately 11 others of us. For items 3 and 4, I'd check and see who in your city/state/etc would be similar.
And keep complaining, unfortunately, as with anything in our lives, the more you complain, the more things get addressed.
Good luck, I'll wish you the best, and please let me know if I can be of more help.
#467 of 900 XC90 T6 Trans Prob
Dec 31, 2009 (5:22 pm)
Purchased my 2004 XC90 T6 in Oct-2009. Today I began accelerating and all of a sudden there was no power. It is definitely the transmission. It doesnt seem to shift up and is extremely sluggish. I put it into Reverse and nothing. Also, after re-starting, it surged forward even though it was in Park. While still in Park, I reved up engine and it lunged forward slightly. Really weird. I am in Beaverton OR, near Portland. Please advise.