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#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.
#892 of 920 re: XC90 Transmission [goldentix]
Jan 19, 2013 (10:34 pm)
Was your Volvo a red 2006 T6? I hope so cause My girlfriend just bought one and has tranny prob with only 92k miles. Trying to find the original owner to find out if extended warranty was bought on the vehicle. It was bought in 2004 at Santa Monica and traded in some where in 2010 or 2011.
#893 of 920 re: XC90 Transmission [usvortec]
Jan 19, 2013 (10:43 pm)
No, mine was a silver 2004, although I had bought the extended warranty.
I have the xc60 and it's perfect....but yes, the original XC 90's were lemons and Volvo has been horrible about properly addressing this when they should have.
#894 of 920 re: XC90 Transmission [goldentix]
Jan 20, 2013 (1:10 am)
Sorry I put 2006 but it is a 2004 xc90 T6. Only has 92k miles and massive oil leak on right side. Tranny seems not to downshift, check eng light on and pulled 8 error codes. Crazy that Volvo would sell junk like this! This has been my Girlfriends dream car. Not sure what to do from here. Thank you.
#895 of 920 Get rid of it....
Jan 20, 2013 (7:37 am)
It was actually my dream car too... I had no intention of selling it but when I had already gone through two transmissions at under 55K miles I knew it was going to happen again and I had to sell it and I got out of it when I still had an extended warranty and I traded it into South Coast Volvo Dealership for the xc60---which as I said, has been perfect.. Volvo should do a proper recall of all those cars as they are permanent lemons---a shame because most cars in their fleet are fantastic. If you can, try to give it back to the dealer you bought it from and pester them or something, as it will require a new transmission all the time and they're not cheap. Both times it happened to me it went from driveable to disabled in 50 miles or so.
#896 of 920 Re: 2003 XC90 Transmission Failed- Options?? [vicki74]
Feb 05, 2013 (10:55 pm)
I thought we had passed the mileage limit too at about 108,000, but took it to a dealer based on another mechanic's recommendation (a second opinion after a repair that just didn't take). Volvo covered almost all the cost of the repair... in the neighborhood of 8 grand. In the end, I paid about 4 grand, what I would have paid an outside mechanic, but I also got the radiator replaced and a bunch of stuff repaired from a botched attempt by a "Volvo" repair shop that was not affiliated with a dealer. This all after 3 months of repair/drive/break/repair cycles. Since it has been fixed by the dealer it has not had a problem. If you've not already junked the car, give it a try. They are likely to cover a large part of the repair. I believe they charged me for parts only, and comped the labor. That's no small comp.