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Volvo XC90, Suspension, Transmission, SUV
#897 of 920 2005 XC90 2.5T
Feb 15, 2013 (2:10 pm)
I've been reading some of the posts, and this transmission thing blows. Since I don't have the T6, am I still looking at the possibility of transmission problems down the road? I have 68,500 miles, and I'm about to get the transmission serviced, merely because of the miles. And if I read some of the other posts right, if you have under 100,000 miles, Volvo will cover the replacement of the transmission and accompanying repairs at no cost?
#898 of 920 Re: 2005 XC90 2.5T [vsp762]
Feb 15, 2013 (5:06 pm)
You're partially correct; a common caveat seems to be the owner having to contact Volvo North America (through their dealership) to request to be considered for their Goodwill Assistance Program, if their XC90's have suffered a catastrophic transmission failure. In many cases, we're hearing that Volvo will pay for a significant protion of the repair bill, but only after verifying the transmission's serial number and diagnosis from a certified Volvo dealership. Interestingly, I just learned of an XC90 at my dealer currently with a V8 engine in it that suffered a total transmission failure at 70,000, in addition to the angle-drive failing (which supplies power to teh rear wheels), and engine components. Volvo is helping them out with this assistance program, too. It's indeed a love / hate with these cars; we love their safety, comfort, and performance, but hate the constant [and costly] repairs. All the best to you on yours.
#899 of 920 Re: XC90 T6 Transmission
Feb 20, 2013 (12:40 am)
Dear all, I wonder if you can help me? I found this page via the Wikipedia XC90 page. There is a link under the reliability / T6 gear box failure section.
We have an XC90. I am in the UK. It cost us just over £50,000 and is now out of warranty. Like so many people have said here we bought it as a solid investment car - pay a lot to start with but get "Volvo" reliability - so I was surprised when the gearbox suddenly died at around 55,000 miles. The AA rescue service diagnosed the fault from about 50 yards away "Its a T6 XC90 - it will be the gearbox" and the main Volvo dealer have confirmed that its in need of a new one costing just over £4700 all inc. after discounts. Volvo have offered a good will gesture of 30%.
In the UK this falls under something called "The Goods and Services Act". Goods have to be "fit for purpose". Like nearly everyone the fault has shown itself out of warranty between 50k and 60k. My thoughts are that Volvo knew that this would be the case, based on other failures before ours. They knew, while the car was under warranty, that it was not fit for purpose but chose not to recall the fault because it would damage their reputation (as has been an issue with Toyota in the UK). Quite rightly, if they had made it known that there was a faulty gear box that would suddenly fail putting my family in danger as it did - I would not have bought the vehicle, so I understand their reasoning.
The many hundreds of reports I have found on the internet are not enough. I need to be able to present a case with "witness statements" and I would be grateful if those people who have experienced an XC90 T6 with transmission failure (only this specific fault) would send me a witness statement explaining who they are (Name and Address), what vehicle it was (i.e. XC90 T6), the year of manufacture and the mileage at which the fault came to light. The letter must be signed for it to carry any weight with the UK court - that's just how it is. If you are able to also send any supporting document (like a letter / invoice / bill from Volvo confirming the fault) then that would be helpful. In the UK there is a second action available in Negligence insomuch as it can be argued that Volvo were negligent in not recalling a product that they knew to be faulty. the fault is such that it can potentially cause danger (sudden and catastrophic loss of power while driving). In that circumstance it may be possible to backdate a claim over the previous six years and recover costs already incurred.
I do not know if its possible to find out how many XC90s have the fault or what percentage is affected or whether any technical information regarding the fault (expert assessment reports, details of the part number) and so on may be available - help in that regard would very much be appreciated also.
Finally, if there is anyone technically minded out there who knows how to get this message to a wider XC90 audience then I would be grateful. Its really upsetting that Volvo have chosen to manage the problem like this. My view is that the decision to not recall a design fault of this magnitude is fundamentally wrong and potentially unsafe.
I have set up an email address XC90yipes.co.uk and would very much appreciate your help as I have described above.
#900 of 920 Volvo Xc90 transmission
Feb 24, 2013 (7:01 am)
Had my oil change at the dealership and the same day this message appeared "Transmission Service Urgent". Not a lot I can do on a Saturday but I will be contacting Volvo North America and the dealership on Monday. I purchase it in 2003 and have approx 101,000 miles. The only major problem: my driver seat over heated and start to smoke. I miss the heated seat. If I do not get any assistant I will just have to park it and take public transportation. Sad!!!!!!
#901 of 920 Re: T6 Transmission [kari4]
Jun 11, 2013 (11:47 pm)
I just purchased one and reading all these posts I am regretful.
Jun 11, 2013 (11:56 pm)
I wished I had come across this site before I plunked down my money and signed the contract.
#903 of 920 Re: Regretful [regretful1]
Jun 12, 2013 (7:47 am)
Do whatever you can to get out of the contract. Everyone who sells Volvo's knows about the problems that have been had for the model years in question and it's almost criminal that they're allowed to be sold or at least to be sold but the dealer/seller should disclose the problem. It's not a secret to anyone selling these cars---. Again, do whatever you can to get out of it or you'll be putting in a new transmission soon---and then another----and another. (I was on my third transmission at 75ish thousand miles).
#904 of 920 Re: T6 Transmission [regretful1]
Jun 12, 2013 (8:14 am)
I had our transmission rebuilt 64k miles and now 105,000 miles no problems. I think credit to the mechanic. I have heard that it is better to have the trans rebuilt than to have it replaced. Sometimes they use stronger parts I think. The key would be to find the right transmission repair mechanic. Yours is fine to date though. We also have slight clicking in the front end but it has not progressed. Had to have the radiator replaced but other than that I like it. They drive good and handle the road well. I paid 14k in 2009 for it and almost as soon as I purchased it that transmission went out. It is a 2004 Volvo XC 90. Just curious what did you pay for yours, what year and when did you purchase it?
#906 of 920 Second tranmission now failing
Aug 08, 2013 (6:58 am)
My local dealership replaced my original transmission at no charge to me at 103,000 miles, now at 170,000 that transmission needs to be replaced. Do you think they replaced it with the same bad transmission? I am trying to get them to warranty this transmission also. I purchased a Volvo because my mechanic told me that these cars should last till 300,000 miles. Now I am looking at replacing this car at half of it's lifetime. I am very disappointed.