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2004 Volvo XC90 repairs by problem area

Engine (28%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (15%)

Brakes and Traction Control (12%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (6%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 260 repairs.

2004 Volvo XC90 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (11%)

$1000 - $2499 (28%)

$500 - $999 (24%)

$100 - $499 (31%)

< $100 (7%)

Chart based on 104 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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2004 Volvo XC90

Engine not specified

Volvo in Virginia, United States
May 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2008

86000 mi

US $1500
Transmission went, stuck in third gear. 
Sep 2008

89000 mi

US $425
suspension work 
Volvo in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2008 - Mar 2010
Apr 2008

51460 mi

C $200
Broken motor mount. 

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2004 Volvo XC90 4dr SUV

turbocharged 268hp 2.9L I6 4-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Volvo XC90 in British Columbia, Canada
Nov 2008 - Mar 2010
Dec 2008

56420 mi

C $2000
Oil leak, timing belt. 
Volvo XC90 in Alberta, Canada
May 2008 - Dec 2010
Jun 2008

47120 mi

C $700
failed endlinks 
Nov 2009

70020 mi

C $1400
Excessive brake wear - again. every 36000 m - pathetic. 
Volvo XC90 in Tennessee, United States
Nov 2007 - Dec 2015
Jun 2008

84000 mi

US $450
Rear brakes started to make a lot of noise very quickly. At times, grinding noise continued even though no apply brake pressure. Car had not been driven much in last 10 days. 
Nov 2009

106000 mi

US $1800
Car had been doing a light whistling noise under moderate acceleration usually between 5 and 20 MPH. Then transmission alert came on. After restart, transmission worked fine. Took to transmission specialist. Replaced all wearable for $1,800. 
Dec 2009

108000 mi

US $1080
Replaced broken top engine mount ($85). 
Oct 2011

139000 mi
Rebuilt the sunroof drains at base of A pillar to eliminate the flow restrictions (remove original drain connection at bottom of A-pillar, replaced with open tubing). Needed because the original drains self-destroyed & plugged. 
Jan 2012

143000 mi
fuel filler door does not lock anymore unless engaged by hand radio (AM/FM only) temporarily stopped working twice, operational at present.  
Feb 2012

146500 mi

US $200
With help of super neighbor, replaced rotors and pads on front wheels with NAPA parts. So much cheaper, not hard to do with a proper tool to pull the old rotors, working very well with NAPA brakes, less black dust. 
Jun 2012

161000 mi
Alarm siren has been out for a few months. Not replaced to date. Problem reported with radio has not reappeared. Original battery still in good conditions after 8 years (a few Low Battery warnings ignored since 2008). 
Sep 2013

180000 mi

US $1300
Coolant is leaking. In searching for leaks, mechanic noted that a turbocompressor oil leak weakened two short cooling system hoses. Replaced those hoses. Tightens another cooling hose to stop leak. Leak slowed, not all the way gone yet Ventilation fan failed. Mechanic said the HVAC controller had failed, most likely from an overamped fan motor (known failure). Replaced fan motor and controller. 
Dec 2013

183000 mi

US $115
Coolant leak continues. Found leak at the upper radiator connection. Replaced upper hose. Still leaking under pressure, identified a likely crack at the radiator connection. Radiator needs to be replaced. Keeping pressure off to avoid leak 
Jun 2014

189000 mi

US $750
Master cylinder failed (slow repsonse to pedal). Replaced. All is back to normal. 
Sep 2014

192000 mi

US $250
Water pump started to leak badly--radiator okay. Having the level sensor of the coolant was extremely valuable to manage the leak while traveling. Since it was almost time for a new timing belt, that was done too, minimizing the actual cost of the repair. 
Dec 2015

198000 mi
Just a note that an oil leak getting worse, possibly at a turbo. 
Volvo XC90 in Brunei Darussalam
Oct 2008 - Mar 2010
Nov 2008

60140 mi
Transmission require urgent message incidator appeared. 

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2004 Volvo XC90 4dr SUV

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

Volvo XC90 in Washington, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2010
Jan 2009

52000 mi

US $250
I replaced the front brake pads and rotors for the first time this month, also replaced rear brake pads (though nowhere near worn out) to keep friction compounds consistent front to back (switched to ceramic pads). Brake fluid flush at the same time. 
Volvo XC90 in Oregon, United States
Nov 2007 - Aug 2014
Jun 2008

94000 mi

US $100
Sway bar end link dampers replaced. Broken tail gate release cable replaced. 
Jun 2010

121000 mi

US $800
rear suspension bushings 
Nov 2012

147300 mi

US $1400
Rebuild differential control module and replace anti-skid module. Rear wiper motor serviced. Rear door would not open sometimes. Interior cable replaced. 
Volvo XC90 in New York, United States
Nov 2007 - Mar 2010
Jul 2008

56000 mi

US $506
Air conditioning not blowing cool air when idle. Front brakes pad and rotors 
Nov 2009

70000 mi

US $220
Radio display did not display Reseal angle gear Replaced Lateral Link 

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2004 Volvo XC90 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Volvo in California, United States
Jan 2008 - Mar 2010
Feb 2008

53000 mi
Coolant tubing needed replacement. Small leak under pressure. 

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2004 Volvo XC90 Repair Histories

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