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Volvo XC90, Suspension, Transmission, SUV
#523 of 900 Re: XC90 T6 Trans Prob [niccolew]
Mar 26, 2010 (6:13 pm)
I am in bend OR. I just had to have my tranny radiator and connecting parts replaced. I called volvo NW and they told me to talk to the service manager and have them contact them if they do not help you. Volvo NW will have a rep contact the dealer. I only had to pay a 600 "deductable". My car is a 2004 xc90 t6 with 86000. Good luck, if they give you a problem to them you are part of the class action suite and are talking with the lawyer.
#524 of 900 Re: 2006 XC90 Transmission [laws65]
Mar 26, 2010 (7:00 pm)
I need information....(2005 T6 XC90)
I am meeting with a volvo Rep on Monday. They are going to hook up to my car some meter that records the sounds of my engine as it shifts or the lack of shifting between gears.
First, has anyone had an issue with driving in 3rd or 4th gear where you back off the gas and then it locks in the higher gear at 1500RPMs? It stays in lock-up anywhere between 38 and 45MPH and does not shift to the lower (3rd or 2nd) gear. You have to punch the gas to get it to shift into the correct gear.
I was originally told that this was "normal". That I should shift the car manually if I didn't like it.
Volvo dropped on me that they want to put this to rest. I want to know if this is normal. For me, this only started occuring AFTER the new transmission was put in. I have not been able to find anyone thus far who has seen this on their own vehicle. Volvo now says that they are going to have me sit in another volvo and show me this happens.
So what is normal? My car and one other? 1 in 100? If this is normal, shouldn't this occur in every car? I have the feeling that they are going to run me over on Monday.
Any advice that anyone can give me would be great.
#525 of 900 Re: My Sympathies [wasagabeach]
Mar 29, 2010 (8:45 am)
I'm in the states. Looking around now for a used tranny so I can at least trade in for some value.
#526 of 900 Re: 2006 XC90 Transmission [jbs05]
Mar 29, 2010 (9:28 pm)
Hi jbs05 -
I hope your meeting went well today and I wish I had seen your post sooner. Our 03 T6 is in the shop - has been for a week and a half for the tranny (we only bought it a month and a half/1700 miles ago w/ 56K on the odometer, thankfully with an $$$ extended warranty).
Driving at 40mph was unnerving - it would do exactly the same thing that you explained - lock into 4th gear when it should have been in 3rd gear, at the most. It would also hesitate about every 10mph interval when accelerating trying to decide what it should do with itself, it seemed. I REALLY hope that when we finally get it back from the shop this will be remedied.
Good luck to us all! Sounds like I can probably expect to go through this at least once more before my (aftermarket) warranty is up
#527 of 900 XC 90 T6 2005 Transmission or Locked Brakes???
Apr 04, 2010 (6:11 am)
So sad to hear of all these trany problems...and wondering if I'm about to join the club of sorry souls. I purchased an XC 90 2005 T6 with 65K, luckily with an extended warranty. After the 1st oil change at 70K, the car will not go into Reverse. The dealer replaced the oil fire box and gasket at this time due to an oil leak and replaced all fluids. It will not go into Reverse so I shift it into neutral, drive forward a few inches and when I put it into Reverse again, it will not move backward. When I step on the gas in Rev. it sounds as if something is buckling underneath...Could this be a transmission problem or are the brakes somehow locked up?
#528 of 900 Replacement transmission failure?
Apr 05, 2010 (9:28 pm)
My dealer recently replaced my 2004 XC90 T6 transmission, radiator, and transmission cooler for a cost of $9,000. The car had 54,000 miles on it. I had no extended warranty. I was told that the radiator fluid leaked into the transmission cooler. That's what caused the transmission failure (metal filings were seen). I was also told that there have been a number of reasons that these transmissions have failed. The radiator leakage issue was #1 in the dealer's opinion. They had not seen a failure due simply to a "undersized" transmission being used in 2004 (the Pontiac transmission). I would like to know what others have been told regarding the reason(s) that their transmissions failed. What would cause the radiator to leak into the transmission cooler? Can this happen again? The dealer did not know what model year the "remanufactured" transmission he was shipped from Volvo was. Could my replacement transmission now be a remanufactured 2004 (90% new parts)? Or, is Volvo smart enough to ship 2005 or later transmissions when a replacement is made? By the way, Volvo paid for all the work - the entire $9,000. While the vehicle was in the shop, I did pay $1,500 for new brakes, rotors, and some other stuff. I do have a one year warranty on the transmission and related work even though Volvo paid the dealer.
BIGGER QUESTION: Beyond the cost and aggravation of the replacement noted above, another issue has surfaced. After driving the vehicle for about three days (+/- 100 miles) with the reconditioned transmission, my first gear failed almost entirely. I was trying to merge into a high speed road. Instead of accelerating normally, the vehicle moved like a slow snail. I pushed the accelerator all the way to floor and very little happened. Oncoming cars swerved, horns were honked, and I just missed getting killed! I was able to nurse the vehicle to my house. The same problem occurred each time I stopped for a light or a stop sign. It happened a total of seven times in all. No warning light on the dashboard. No issues with other gears.
The vehicle was towed to the dealer. After a week in their shop and (I'm told) many test miles, the dealer could not replicate the problem. No computer codes came up.
The dealer and Volvo both say they can do nothing for me unless the problem surfaces again. I explained that I was afraid to drive the vehicle again after my close call.
Another dealer told me that the only option he saw would be to sell the vehicle for parts. Mind you, this XC90 has been pampered. It looks and runs as if it is virtually new - except for this one problem. The book value is around $16K. I really want to keep it, but the safety issue is a big problem.
What would you do in my case? Would you drive the vehicle or sell it? What recourse, if any, do I have with either the dealer or Volvo?
I have to make a decision in the next day or two.
#529 of 900 Transmission Problems
Apr 12, 2010 (6:06 pm)
I've (now) been bitten by the trannie-bug (at 150km) and I'm from Canada.... so could you let me know where you've taken yours, to be repaired?
#530 of 900 Volvo XC90 2005 locked down
Apr 12, 2010 (6:21 pm)
I have XC90 2005, 45,500 miles. This car completely locked down this morning in my garage. It does not move either way, even in neutral. Looks like a parking break is ON, although it's not. Does anyone have had similar experience? What could be a problem? I have never seen this kind of problem in any car.
#531 of 900 Re: Transmission Problems [ptz1]
Apr 12, 2010 (7:13 pm)
I live in the states and took mine to a Volvo dealer called Gengras Motor Cars in East Hartford, CT.
I would strongly recommend a Volvo dealer in case you have future problems after this.
#532 of 900 Re: Volvo XC90 2005 locked down [jr01741]
Apr 12, 2010 (7:32 pm)
In answer to your question...YES! I could not go into reverse at all. It would not move...just like the parking break was on. After several attempts and needing to get out, I just put in into reverse and floored it until it moved back. It did so after buckling underneath...believe me it did not sound healthy. I took it to the dealer and this was just after an oil change and inspection, and told them about the problem. They checked it out on the lift and said they didn't see anything, but that maybe it was rust in the parking break or a rock which freed itself. Who knows? I'be been driving it now for 2 days and it seems ok...so good luck! Try it!