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#882 of 920 2006 XC90 V8 AWD - transmission/radiator failure at 61K miles
Aug 29, 2012 (10:56 am)
I have a 2006 XC90 V8 AWD with only 61,000 miles and today I was told I need a new transmission and radiator for $7000 by my local Volvo dealership which is the only place I have ever taken my SUV to have work done. Even though all scheduled maintenance and inspections have been done on time and reported no issues. This trans/radiator defect was discovered during one of these scheduled maintenance checks! Are there any recalls for 2006 transmission/radiators? I refuse to pay for this, does anyone have suggestions for how to get a hold of someone at Volvo USA? I have submitted a complaint through their website but want to speak to someone. I also saw something about a class action lawsuit? Any info to get Volvo USA to pay for this would be so appreciated.
#883 of 920 Re: 2006 XC90 V8 AWD - transmission/radiator failure at 61K miles [kdvt26]
Aug 29, 2012 (3:33 pm)
Get the phone number for the head office and tell them your situation and be firm that you want Volvo to pay for BOTH parts and labour. This is a well documented fact that they put in a faulty tranny and by no means should a car of this class have a transmission blow up at under 100km or 100 miles. Look up all the web posts and print some off. Tell them you have read numerous cases where Volvo has paid for replacement and labour (not in Canada just parts I'm out $1500 for their faulty tranny) The radiator always needs to be replaced with the tranny and they know exactly what it is all about so make sure you are well prepared and know the facts from the backloads of posts on here!!! Just google for the head office number and get a case file going. They will need your VIN number and it will be easy to see all service records from the Volvo dealership you have gone to. Do NOT do anything until you talk to head office, state you case and be firm that you want this matter dealt with in a timely fashion etc....This should be a worldwide RECALL but they only do it on case by case and a lot of people have just paid the $7000 and Volvo gets away with this! It is disgraceful!!! Let us know how you made out with you call!!!
#884 of 920 2004 Volvo XC90 T6 Transmission
Sep 04, 2012 (3:02 pm)
My XC90 transmission is slipping. Called Volvo of Canada and they offered me $1800, but it's gonna cost me $5000 and rental expense. Just sick and tired of this.
Time for a Class Action Lawsuit against Volvo of Canada. Anyone in!?
#885 of 920 Law suit in Canada
Sep 04, 2012 (7:31 pm)
I'm in...why are they not offering to replace the parts on their faulty transmission??? This is a well documented fact that they put in the crappy GM transmission and they all break down by 100km give or take on either side of that milage. You need to document your case and demand they pay for the parts (new tranny and radiator, hoses etc...) I guess you have to wait until the tranny blows on you like mine did with no warning light. Could have been on the Hwy with kids or in an intersection like so many have before me and you lose all power. Volvo is suppose to be SAFTETY 1st and they need to do a total RECALL for this as it is BS all around putting lives in danger just waiting for the tranny to implode...nice Volvo!!! Never will I buy another...your SUV now rund like a TANK!!! Dont expect the SUV to run better after a new tranny...just the opposite...mine is SLOW and guzzles even more gas per km!!! It reves weird from gear 2-3 and has absolutely no GUTS and has depreciated to under $10,000 whereas the BMW is still in the mid-high teens for the X5 2004. Dont take the $1800 and I guess like all the others before you... you will have to wait until it blows!!! Nice customer care!!! Then you get a free diagostic (call around and get a free one before you tow it to the dealership and make sure you get a break on the work...I paid $1500 tax included in POCO BC and Volvo paid for all parts and 2 year warranty) You need to read all these blogs to get your facts straight on what other have recieved from Volvo Canada and be ready to present your case. Let us know the outcome...
#886 of 920 9/08 last day to opt out of US Settlement w/ Volvo
Sep 07, 2012 (7:49 pm)
Requests to opt out of the settlement with Volvo NA must be post marked by 9/08/12. The website to get addresses is http://www.chimicles.com/volvo-xc90-transmission-class-action-litigation. My 2004 original transmission was paid by Volvo at about 75K miles, but the 2nd one just went out at 131K miles, so my claim would not be compensated under the settlement. Good luck to you all.
#887 of 920 XC90 2004 transmission failed - what now?
Sep 26, 2012 (1:30 pm)
I have Volvo XC90 T6 2004 model which I purchased in the US and recently brought it to Canada when we moved to Toronto last year. Today, I brought the car in to Volvo Toronto as I've noticed it slipping/skipping, and I was given an estimate of $8000 to fix the transmission problem (OR the Volvo Toronto dealership will buy my car at $1000). I'd gotten the class action law suit letter awhile back but I disregarded it as my car seemed fine back then. So, I am not too sure what I should do at this point. Can somebody give me some advice as to how to approach this problem?
Sep 26, 2012 (7:38 pm)
Well if you are American and bought the car in US you can file under that lawsuit..it is on the internet. I think there is a deadline so get on it and also contact the Volvo headquarters and state you have the 2004 t6 with the well known faulty transmission and want the parts covered like others through their customer loyalty program etc...you'll have to jump through some hoops and read a few hours of transcripts off the internet as this is a well documented problem that should be a worldwide recall!!! Let us know how you make out.
#889 of 920 Why does my Volvo xc90 transmission fail?
Oct 17, 2012 (2:03 pm)
Trany failure is most common in T6 model. T6 model uses a GM trany that is not meant for the XC90. However it was internally modified for Volvo specs. (GM makes one of the best trany’s in the world and used in many luxury cars however Volvo needed a compact unit to fit in the engine bay and the options were limited)
Three major factors that causes the trany failure.
1. Internal trany failure due to high torque. (Unable to handle the engine power)
2. Coolant antifreeze leaks in to the trany and causing it to fail. (Bad seal in the tranny cooler)
3. CV axel lubricant leaks in to the trany and causing it to fail. (Seals between axel and trany fail)
For fixing the trany,
1. Dealer will change all the items that relates to the failure regardless of the type of failure and the cost to this is around $8500. This will prevent future failure due to other factors.
2. Transmission shop will rebuild & install the trany unit for $4500. (Not fixing the actual cause and replacing the necessarily parts. This will cause the trany to fail multiple times. Therefore if you choose to it by an Independent mechanic make certain all the parts related to the failure as been changed or most likely your new trany will fail soon.
I hope this helps. Good Luck!
#890 of 920 2003 XC90 Transmission Failed- Options??
Jan 13, 2013 (9:42 pm)
My 2003 XC90 transmission failed, with 112k miles on it, completely out of the blue. In fact, I had just spent $1300 on service and other issues a couple weeks prior, and there was no indication it was slipping. According to the class action suit website, cars over 100k aren't eligible. I also just missed the deadline for the claim. I called the North American Volvo office to start a claim, but they told me I had to have my car towed to a dealership to verify the problem (it was at a Volvo specialist) and then they could start the claim.
Given the mileage, I'm thinking it's unlikely Volvo will pay for a new transmission. Even so, there are other things going on with it, in spite of servicing it regularly and sinking a lot of money on repairs into it. If they don't cover it 100%, it's really not worth fixing at this point. A week ago, I still had what I thought was still a fairly valuable car, and now I have nothing.
So here's my question: is it still worth trying to get Volvo North America to cover it? Best case scenario, they cover it 100% and I can sell or trade in this money pit. Follow-up question: is there any way to get more than $500 or $1000 out of this car, now that it's no longer running?
It's a real shame Volvo hasn't recalled these transmissions. Like others, I was aware of the class action suit, but at the time it didn't apply. Now it does. Has anyone else had to scrap their car because the transmission died? Is there any way to have Volvo compensate me for this?
#891 of 920 Re: 2003 XC90 Transmission Failed- Options?? [vicki74]
Jan 13, 2013 (10:58 pm)
I don't know what you'll get out of the car, but unfortunately for those of use who had Volvo's built in the years with unfortunate transmissions----the problem will never go away (I was going onto my 3rd transmission by 55,000 miles). If you can get Volvo North America to cover it----great....they should----- I didn't scrap my car but sold it when it was worth more. This was one of Volvo's few mistakes but they stepped up to the plate way too late in honoring the lemon years of the XC90.