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2003 Volvo XC90 Problems and Repair Histories

41 TrueDelta members own a 2003 Volvo XC90. 13 of these members (31.7%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 49 repairs to 2003 Volvo XC90s--an average of 1.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2003 Volvo XC90 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2003 Volvo XC90 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2003 Volvo XC90 problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2003 Volvo XC90 repairs by problem area

33% of the 2003 Volvo XC90 repairs were to the engine, 20% to the transmission, 6% to the brakes, 14% to the suspension, 14% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 8% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 49 repairs.

2003 Volvo XC90 repair cost distribution

Of the 2003 Volvo XC90 repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 7% cost less than $100, 26% between $100 and $499, 19% between $500 and $999, 26% between $1000 and $2499, and 22% more than $2500.

Chart based on 27 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2003 Volvo XC90

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Volvo XC90 in Georgia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2013 116000    
118300 450 pads replaced 
119700 350 replaced two motor mounts 
121000 0 replaced driveshaft control arms replaced (upper) 

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2003 Volvo XC90 4dr SUV

turbocharged 268hp 2.8L I6 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Volvo XC90 in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2013 153000    
153000 4000 Final drive failed and shift valves failed. Second transmission repair, first at 105k. Partially fixed, found would require more work, so replaced the car. So much for Volvo being reliable. 
Volvo XC90 in South Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2010 108000    
139000 2800 Infamous trans issue. Dead pressure control valve. 
Volvo XC90 in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2012 67000    
67000 1200 Transmission cannot be flushed, only drained and refilled.Shop in Fl has done 2x on this vehicle. Volvo has a class action suit for 2003,4, &5 against these trans for this prob. trans doesn't malfun but fluid is burnt & metal shavings prest 
Volvo XC90 in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2011 116000    
118000 800 Replaced bushings and realigned. 
153500 4100 Rebuilt transmission (will be 3rd transmission) after roughly 75,000 miles (first transmission replaced at 75,000. 
159000  
Volvo XC90 in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
1700 Shocks, struts, timing belt 
750 Broken motor mount 
1000 Siren replaced 
1800 broken motor mount, fuel pump 
90000 2500 Something in the rod was leaking transmission fluid into the wheel area. Sounds like BS to me, but who knows. 
 

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2003 Volvo XC90 4dr SUV

turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Volvo XC90 in Queensland, Australia
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2011 218240    
219480 140 transmission shift problem - requires overhaul 
235600  
Volvo XC90 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
11500 Bought vehicle (TX), fixed cracked plastic on armrest hinge - glued together with epoxy and works like a charm. Front wiper washer fluid line had been cut/pinched. Replaced. Fuel door plastic locking latch broken, in search of replacement door. 
800 Leaking fuel pump (Symptoms: lower gas mileage, difficulty starting, fuel smell, wet fuel tank) Replaced at ind. mechanic with OEM parts. 
0 Continuation of fuel pump repair: Volvo reimbursed for part, since pump was under manufacturer warranty. 
160 Never found used fuel door. Ind. shop ordered a new door, paint and install. Also, pass. side low beam light socket had short and partially melted. Had just the socket replaced. This assembly was orig. a junk yard repl. by dealer in order to sell car. 
74000 66 Two rear brake lights not working, both bulbs burned out (third top bar was working). Replaced bulbs, lights did not work. Replaced brake relay switch and relay. Problem solved and lights work like new. Parts received from dealership. 
76700 450 CV boot busted for a while/was easier to replace axle.  Also, there was a crack in the exhaust flange where it connects to engine, leaking exhaust, making engine noisy and smelly. This was welded closed and works like a charm now! 
84000 300 Rough idling - engine revving on its own at red light. Threw code, idle too rich, gas mileage was suffering. Replaced MAF and solved problem. 
87500 500 Replaced worn bushings 
88000 0 After heavy rain passenger floor mat was wet. Cleaned front sunroof drain tubes and cut rubber elbow ends to allow for debris to flow freely. Also removed and air dried the passenger floor panel. Leak is fixed. 45 minutes total time. 
93000 300 Replaced front strut spring mounts (one was busted and the other cracked) 
94000 190 Worn out engine mount. Replaced. 
108000 1500 AWD angle gear failed damaging right front axle in the process. Replaced angle gear & axle. 
111300 1900 Real seal leak was getting worse - replaced all engine rubber seals 
112000  
Volvo XC90 in Alberta, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Inner CV Boot Clamp - was loose had it repaired at same time of Angle Gear reseal 
931 Angle Gear - Resealed (not replaced, replacement was estimated at $3500 and not necessary) 
56 Cupholder Lid inbetween 2 front seats got stuck, had to be partially dismantled, rear underlid latch mechanism in wrong position, was repaired but is still sticky. Must be very careful when utilizing 
67 "Reduced Engine Performance" warning - Clear warnings in system, recommended action if it comes back is to reload 2 ECMs (Code 9520 Accelerator Pedal Sensor and Throttle Unit Reload) 
47740 1600 Stereo stopped working, problem is not resolved. Solution is to put in new stereo into a 7 year old car (ridiculous!) 
 

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2003 Volvo XC90 4dr SUV

turbocharged 161hp 2.4L I5 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Volvo XC90 in France
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
158 Recplacement of left/ball joint 
83 replacement top engine support (rubber in alu) 
2058 Intially diagnosed as problem with one injector of the engine, it later proved to be a problem with the flywheel and starter motor. Flywheel replaced. 
758 Complete revisions of handbrake system, cables and also handbrake pads 
94240 16 Also replaced leaking crankcase seal. 
95940 0 Repair of rear window wiper motor. Text message "SRS Airbag repar urgente" appears in display of DIM. DTC error codes SRS-00D4 and DIM-0003 and DIM-0005 
100880 81 Set of new antitheft wheelbolts (were damaged by workshop) 
102920 0 As result of heavy rain, huge leakage through the draining openings in the cowl in front of the windscreen. High level of water in both the front floor sections of the body, under the front chairs. As result of water leakage Audio systeem has halted to work. DTC (Error) codes ICM-DC02, ICM-1A51 and ICM-DC01. Probably AUD control module defect. 
108500 644 Replacing rear wheelbearing left 

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