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#676 of 900 Does the 2004 Volvo XC90 5-cylinder have same transmission issues?
Jan 27, 2011 (9:57 am)
I'd love a little advice! My husband is on deployment, and I'm trying to deal with our car issues with a rather limited auto knowledge. We had a 2005 XC90 with the bad T6 engine - we loved the vehicle, but I don't need to be dealing with transmission issues. I just traded it in as the transmission was starting to give me major problems, and the warranty was almost up. We now have a 2008 XC70, but I miss the extra row of seats when we have extra guests.
My husband badly needs to upgrade his vehicle, and we had planned to do it as soon as he returns. However, I just found a good deal on a 2004 XC90 with what is listed as a 5-cylinder engine. Am I correct in saying that's not the same as the engine that we originally had? I'm heavily considering trading in my husband's vehicle for this one. Before I go to the dealership, I just want to be absolutely sure that I understand the transmission issues, and that this vehicle doesn't have the same engine as the problematic model. Can anyone offer me a bit of clarification? Also, any major problems with the 2004 5-cylinder that I should be aware of? Thanks in advance!
#677 of 900 Volvo XC90 Tranny
Jan 29, 2011 (1:13 pm)
In the spirit of being fair, Volvo replaced our THIRD tranny 100%. It took 7 business days to get the verdict but they paid for everything. Keep in mind we bought the 2004 XC 90 brand new and have had it serviced at the same dealer ever since. Why it took this long for them to agree to completely cover parts and labor is difficult to fathom. (first one was covered 100% with rental car, 2nd was parts only and no rental). So now we have our fourth tranny and I hope it lasts long enough to trade the car. I can't deal with this anymore. It's also galling to think I had to pay labor to repalce the 2nd one. Good luck everyone. Off to test drive the BMW X5 and Audi Q7.
#678 of 900 Re: Volvo came up Short om the Transmission [imissmy850r]
Jan 31, 2011 (6:19 am)
My former 2005 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD was ready last Wednesday evening. I went by paid my 25% (1610.00) to pick up my car. The car felt great and drove home fine. the car did smell funny after the drive home. The next day the same, almost transmission fluid burning smell. This had no affect on the car's ride. The shifter stick started catching odd and felt strange to shift into drive. Past that I can't tell you anymore. I traded the car in on a BMW this weekend and I'm thrilled with it. Volvo did provide a 2 Year unlimiyed mileage warranty on the transmission. This was verbal though and nothing was written to that effect. I was very unimpressed with the way things went. I do believe it had to do with a DEALER Loyalty, and not Volvo Loyalty. I don't think the Volvo Dealership I took my car to felt I was a customer of theirs and I believe this is why they only paid 75% of the expense. This was my 3rd Volvo and I do believe it was my last. Good luck to those of you still sffering with these transmissions.
#680 of 900 Re: Class Action Lawsuit [jimddi]
Jan 31, 2011 (8:19 pm)
Re failed transmission at 67,000kms. When I wrote in my 5th letter to Volvo that I was now ready to tell the world in any way I could that this T6 is Volvo's dirty little secret, they had their lawyers send me a letter warning me to stop making veiled threats! Now nobody at Volvo Worldwide will have anything to do with me because they will not entertain any more corrrespondence as my case has been put in the hands of their lawyers! Easy way out for them, but won't stop me telling everyone I can the story of my personal experience.
#681 of 900 Re: T6 AUTO TRANSMISSION CLUTCH PLATES [andrew1969]
Feb 01, 2011 (1:16 pm)
Hi Andrew, I bought my lemon T6 in Brookvale (Australia) and was steered by my mechanic to a transmission specialist too - seems that's not the right procedure according to Volvo. Can you contact me on my email address as listed in my Edmunds profile? Thanks!
#682 of 900 Sydney Australia Volvo problems
Feb 10, 2011 (10:03 pm)
If you're finding it hard to be heard regarding your compensation for transmission failure, try the CTTT (Consumer Trading and Tenancy Tribunal).
#683 of 900 Re: T6 Transmission [kari4]
Feb 17, 2011 (10:47 pm)
I am also new to the Forum. I purchased a low mileage 04 XC90 from Carmax in 2007 and have had nothing but (extremely dangerous) problems with it from engine "backfires" disabling the vehicle in traffic which took over 2 years and thousands of dollars to fix (I believe a similar scenario with Volvo paying 50%) to most recently a transmission issue.
It has 61,940 miles on it (~24K when purchased) and the transmission is intermittently "slipping" when going from a stop into first gear. I thought I was imagining it at first until it became a "stutter-like" sound for a few seconds and slammed into gear. this has happened three times and in between it has been occasionally slipping as I noted. It has been going on for about three weeks (at least that is how long I have noticded it).
I thought about getting the transmission fluid flushed/changed but I couldn't find anything in the owners manual about it so an Auto parts store associate said he had heard of problems with the these transmissions and to look it up on-line and I happened to find this.
We don't drive the vehicle hard AT ALL. In fact, as you can see we have averaged less than 10K per year on it since ownership. We go through tires and brakes frequently but this transmission thing is scary and I don't have $5-7K to pay for a new transmission! Does anyone have the name, number and/or contact information for the SoCal mfg rep? If so, I will gladly call or write a letter. I am familiar with several class action "incubation" attorneys in the Los Angeles area and if Volvo won't help me with what seems to be such a frequent and dangerous issue I would glady hop on board with such an action. I have two little kids and a wife with cancer and I am through with letting big companies make billions of dollars while seemingly shirking responsibility from such exposures until people die.
The only reason I purchased this vehicle was because of Volvo's safety record /reputation and I didn't want a minivan. I can't be constantly worrying that I am going to get in an accident with my kids because of this!!!
#684 of 900 Re: T6 Transmission [hcarranza]
Feb 18, 2011 (5:42 am)
I hate to tell you, but Vovlo will blow you off unless you have a valid warranty. We have purchased nothing but Volvos since 1984 but have had regular servicing done at an independent garage that does only Volvos. However I was told that dealer loyalty has nothing to do with how many Volvos you own. Loyalty is based solely on if you have your car services at a Volvo dealer - nothing else. When I appealed my latest fiasco to the USA HQ, after 20 minutes of relating my story, their wonderful customer rep said, and I quote, "Get a lawyer, Mr. Moyer." So, if you want to get a class action suit going, I'm in! I have been told that the lawyer will want the parts that Volvo replaces and most dealers will not give them to you. I do not have the defective parts. At this point we are selling our XC 90 T6 and will never buy another Volvo.
#685 of 900 Volvo XC90 Transmission Failure
Mar 05, 2011 (11:31 am)
I purchased a 2004 Volvo XC90 T6 new and have had it serviced at the dealer regularly. My transmission failed at 83,000 miles. Volvo covered the entire cost of replacing the transmission, oil cooler and radiator. My dealer Weiss Brentwood Volvo in St Louis, MO facilitated the entire transaction. I brought the car in for repair not knowing of this common problem and the dealer contacted Volvo imediately to resolve, I never even had to talk with Volvo. Thank you Volvo and Weiss Brentwood Volvo.