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Volvo XC90, Suspension, Transmission, SUV
Jan 03, 2011 (3:14 pm)
Unfortunately my 2005 T6 XC90 (with 115,000+/- miles) has the same transmission problem as everyone has, it goes to high gear right away with that alert to get the transmission serviced immediately! According to a very reliable shop I just took it to, no other choice but to replace the transmission. They don't even want it reconditioned. It will cost $ 7,000 +/-. This is my first Volvo and was convinced of its quality reputation when I bought it brand new.
By now Volvo should no longer ignore this problem. I traded my Yukon with 125,000 mi with no problem with this Volvo. What a shame. I have a 1999 MBZ E430 with 165,000 mi with no problem.
Does anybody have an idea as to what concerted effort we can all make to make Volvo listen to our problems?
#643 of 900 Volvo came through!
Jan 06, 2011 (1:30 pm)
I haven't posted in a while but just put my '04 XC90 (88K) in the shop last week for a different problem but ,of course, I mentioned the tranny slipping also. The service writer indicated he was aware the problem is common but had to follow a series of Volvo-prescribed steps to determine the cause and then could possibly request financial assistance from Volvo North America. I told him (nicely) that I was following the issue on this forum and knew these tranny's were being replaced free of charge. He didn't seem surprised. He called me the next day and said Volvo approved a one-time customer retention replacement (the whole thing - trans, radiator, cooling hoses, etc.) free of charge. My dealership is Volvo of Orange County in Santa Ana, CA. I believe they must have campaigned on my behalf a least a little bit - they were very polite & and professional. I'm thankful I didn't have to argue a bit as I was bracing for a fight.
#644 of 900 Re: Volvo came through! [kmart5]
Jan 07, 2011 (12:34 pm)
Mine just went out too. I have 108 on mine, Volvo will pay for the transmission, but I have to pick up labor. It looks like the same thing radiator, and some wheel items as well. I guess just paying for the labor is not as bad as the entire cost, although still expensive.
#645 of 900 Re: 5 Cylinder vs 6 Cylinder [bsawyer]
Jan 07, 2011 (12:38 pm)
Stay away!!!!!! my first was replaced at 48K second at 108K , Volvo is picking up the cost of transmission I have to pick up labor
#646 of 900 Re: Volvo came through! [geokelly]
Jan 10, 2011 (9:05 am)
Thanks for the very important info. How much did Volvo ask for the labor cost?
#647 of 900 Re: Volvo came through! [eldags]
Jan 10, 2011 (10:35 am)
When I was at the dealer, they had me sign the work order and they gave me a copy but my copy just has "no charge" where the rates would be. The service writer put a lot of text on the invoice including "the customer has realized over $7000 is savings". Also, something like " this is a one-time repair with no warrantee"
#648 of 900 Re: Volvo came through! [kmart5]
Jan 11, 2011 (7:21 am)
This just happened to my 2005 XC90 T6 as well. I have not gotten an error message, but the transmission started slipping hard last night on my way home. I read these posts here and was hopefull that Volvo will do the same for me. My car has 93K miles on it. I just dropped it off at the dealership. They stated they have not heard about anything on the replacing of the transmission but assured me they would have the service manager look into it. Thanks to everyone for posting their experiences. Has anyone had any luck with the new transmission lasting or should I consider getting rid of the car when it is repaired? Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
#649 of 900 Volvo replaced Trans at 80K for free
Jan 11, 2011 (9:34 pm)
Jan 11, 2011... Just bought a used Volvo xc90 t6 turbo with 80K for $8,000 from a "mini cooper" dealer. When we got home we found a paper in the glove box that the previous owner left. It was a sales receipt from a Volvo dealer from 2 months ago. (Volvo had 79K at the time) Apparently the transmission, radiator, hoses, oil lines, hose clamps, and sealing rings were ALL replaced. Under Price it says "Warrenty". So if you are having transmission problems with your Volvo XC90 more then likely it will be covered under warrenty EVEN if your Volvo has 80+ thousand miles. Hopefully the new transmission they put in will last another 80,000 miles!!!
#650 of 900 Re: T6 Transmission [kari4]
Jan 12, 2011 (6:03 pm)
Count me in.....the XC 90 is by far the worst car I have ever owned.....and I have owned 6 Volvos and have driven them all past 250 thousand miles. So I was an apostle until this vehicle. I bought it use, seemly pristine shape with about 59 thousand on it. I have replaced the throttle body, computers, windshield wiper motor among other things. And yes the transmission. Repairs are at about $10,000.
In fact i found out it had two transmissions previously. It appears the radiator can bleed into the transmission frying it.....so if you replace the transmission you need to replace the radiator for good measure. It is a GM transmission--that is---made in Japan--for a car that was owned by Ford, and now the Chinese.
Today i just replaced the ignition lock and switch....(around $650) and also needed the shifter cable and other parts to the gear shift replaced ($712)
The gear shift problem is probably related to the fact that it has had three transmissions....and the car has only has 94,000 on it.
#651 of 900 Re: T6 Transmission [mog1968]
Jan 12, 2011 (6:25 pm)
I emailed Volvo NA and was called by a customer service personnel within 48 hours as they promised . I was advised to bring my car to Escondido Volvo to get evaluated. The transmission problem as you said is due to radiator breaching the transmission where they may find glycol in the transmission and the other breaching point is the axle where they may find grease residue in the transmission. If this is the case, the repair will be done based on "goodwill," which means no cost. I will find out in 5-7 days exactly where I stand. "I'm crossing my fingers."