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2005 Volvo XC90 repairs by problem area

Engine (20%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (18%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (24%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (20%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 173 repairs.
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2005 Volvo XC90 repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (16%)

$500 - $999 (19%)

$100 - $499 (25%)

< $100 (35%)

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Chart based on 139 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2005 Volvo XC90

Engine not specified

Volvo XC90 in Massachusetts, United States
Sep 2011 - Nov 2011
Nov 2011

135000 mi

US $3050
The GM transmission that volvo put in the XC models don't last much longer after the vehicle hits the 133000 mile marker. Don't fall for a $600-1000 software update. Volvo knows dam well about the problems with the GM transmissions 
Volvo XC90 in Minnesota, United States
Feb 2015 - Apr 2015
Mar 2015

162000 mi

US $200
Fuel smell. Cracked tube. 
Volvo XC90 in Mississippi, United States
Jan 2013 - Feb 2013
Feb 2013

147000 mi
car taken to volvo mechanic for power steering leak. am told that it needs a new power steering rack $1300 

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2005 Volvo XC90 4dr SUV

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

Volvo XC90 in Germany
Dec 2008 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

62620 mi

€75
The headlight washer on passenger side was replaced. Old cover that extends out of the front bumber fell off during a recent use onto the highway. New part was ordered, painted, and intalled. Rear windshield wiper arm and blade fell off onto highway during recent use. New one was ordered and repaired. 
Volvo XC90 in Ohio, United States
Nov 2008 - Sep 2010
Dec 2008

57000 mi
No emergency brake. 
Oct 2009

74000 mi
window malfunction broken tie rod broken motor mount bad seat belt retractor triggering airbag light installed seat belt retractor 
Dec 2009

79000 mi

US $89
key wouldn't easily remove from ignition 
Jun 2010

88000 mi

US $210
Airbag warning light 
Aug 2010

92000 mi
airbag warning light again on (3rd time) Airbag warning light on 
Volvo XC90 in Ontario, Canada
May 2009 - Nov 2013
Dec 2011

82460 mi

C $180
Wiper Motor replaced 
Volvo XC90 in Oklahoma, United States
Jan 2013 - Feb 2014
Feb 2013

95700 mi

US $100
The transmission had been replaced just before we acquired it. Found a large leak of Transmission Fluid. Car was returned for repair. Seal was replaced. software updated.  Replaced the central control unit. no temp control was happening and it was diagnosed as a failed unit. 
Dec 2013

106000 mi
Fuel pump was replaced as per factory recall. Flange was leaking fuel creating strong odor in car and possible fire hazard due to leaking fuel near exhaust. Car was part of a pool of cars recalled earlier but the work had never been done. 
Volvo XC90 in Florida, United States
Mar 2010 - Sep 2010
Apr 2010

58000 mi

US $550
AC hose leaking - greenish dye showing 
May 2010

60000 mi

US $225
Upper engine motor mount replacement 
Volvo XC90 in Pennsylvania, United States
Feb 2015 - Jun 2015
May 2015

111600 mi
Fuel pump failing - gas leaking 
Jun 2015

113000 mi

US $600
Parking break self destructed while driving. Felt like tranny dropped out. Replaced parking brake, rotors, pads Coolant level sensor had to be replaced 
Volvo XC90 in Ohio, United States
Feb 2015 - Jul 2015
Mar 2015

138000 mi

US $700
Had to put a new engine in it. 
Volvo XC90 in California, United States
Jul 2008 - Mar 2012
Mar 2009

52000 mi

US $150
Worn suspension bushings. 
May 2009

52000 mi
replace additional bushings 
Volvo XC90 in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2009 - Apr 2011
Dec 2010

98000 mi

US $2700
Had to replace driveshaft. 
Apr 2011

99000 mi
Transmission began slipping, putting car into limp mode. Mechanic advised getting rid of car. Replacement transmission would have been $7500 with no guarantee it would last. Mechanic noted the T6 transmission has a bad history. 
Volvo XC90 in Washington, United States
- Jan 2009
Jan 2009

42022 mi
new transmission - still in shop 
Volvo XC90 in Georgia, United States
Jan 2008 - Jun 2011
May 2008

75000 mi

US $320
Told needed a new Transmission. Took to independent shop for second opinion. Independent shop reset Transmission light and changed fluid. No problems found. 
May 2009

94000 mi
Urgent Transmission Service light. Told needs a new transmission by dealer. Flushed fluid at home and still driving. 
Nov 2009

99500 mi

US $1680
Transmission failure. Replaced transmission. Manufacturer paid for parts, customer paid labor. Replaced radiator. 
Volvo XC90 in California, United States
Jan 2008 - Dec 2012
Feb 2008

40000 mi
Trans shift vibration. 
Aug 2008

45000 mi
T6 transmission and transmission oil cooler replaced. Both headlights replaced due to plastic housing hazing. 
Dec 2009

60000 mi
Clanking noise 
Jan 2010

61000 mi

US $675
Front axle u joint replaced. 
Jan 2011

60000 mi
Steering column adjustment loose 
Volvo XC90 in California, United States
Mar 2012 - Apr 2012
Apr 2012

65000 mi

US $8000
At just 65,000 I am told I need a new transmission and drive shaft.... I've had one problem after another. This is the worst car I've ever owned. Do not buy this car. You will be sorry. 
Volvo XC90 in New Zealand
Dec 2007 - Sep 2011
Oct 2008

34100 mi

$1200
Same clunking noise when vehicle turns, they replaced and tightened some screws underneath, okay now but am sure problem will be back again after a couple of months.  
Volvo XC90 in Alabama, United States
May 2014 - Jun 2015
Aug 2014

183000 mi

US $400
Passenger side CV axle going bad, had it replaced. 
Apr 2015

198000 mi

US $495
Lower control arm and bushings 
Volvo XC90 in New Zealand
Dec 2012 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013 Retaining lugs on the bracket holding Fuel Door Spring broke - repaired with cable tie and self tapping screw to keep tension on the spring. Repair working well so far. 

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2005 Volvo XC90 4dr SUV

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

Volvo XC90 in Florida, United States
Sep 2017 - Jun 2019
Jul 2018

133000 mi

US $80
Vent temps were weak at 60 degrees. Took in and it was only 50% charged. Took 1.25 lbs of 2.5lbs system capacity. 
Volvo XC90 in Texas, United States
Dec 2014 - Jun 2016
Feb 2015

126100 mi

US $350
Cleaned electronic throttle body due to surging at idle. Replaced rubber strut seats due to age wear-clanking over bumps. 
Jun 2015

129000 mi

US $550
Worn inner tie-rod ends, replaced and alignment completed. Loose sway bar end links with cracked bushings-replaced. Replaced worn lower ball joints, loose with about .5 inch of play. 
Volvo XC90 in Maryland, United States
Jun 2010 - Mar 2012
Aug 2010

85000 mi

US $360
Alarm sensor malfunction - replaced under VIP warranty with $50 deductible 
Sep 2011

98000 mi

US $900
it went in for non-functioning windshield washers - washer pump was bad and was replaced 
Volvo XC90 in California, United States
Aug 2010 - Jul 2013
Sep 2010

86000 mi

US $320
AC condensor leak had to replace with new one at cost of $250 plus recharge system at shop, but the pressure switch maybe the root of the problem that caused the leak to occur. 
Jul 2012

100300 mi

US $200
Replaced a leaking motor mount. 
Volvo XC90 in Texas, United States
Jan 2008 - Jul 2018
Jun 2011

68000 mi

US $700
Right rear wheel bearing replacement. 
Apr 2012

78500 mi

US $1300
Fuel pump and fuel sender failure. 
Sep 2013

103000 mi

US $900
Motor mount replacement--3 
Mar 2016

133000 mi

US $1100
Power steering pump and hose failure 
Jul 2018

144000 mi

US $2500
Camshaft seal and bearing Rear rotors and pad 
Volvo XC90 in California, United States
Feb 2013 - Mar 2015
Mar 2014

111000 mi

US $1600
Leaking boot 
Jan 2015

US $450
Gas pressure sensor replaced 

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2005 Volvo XC90 4dr SUV

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

Volvo XC90 in Utah, United States
Aug 2011 - Oct 2012
Sep 2011

70000 mi

US $850
anti skid and lock brake electrical system failed and had to be replaced 
Oct 2011

70000 mi

US $950
manifold failure; caused at rattling sound when cold started which went away as car warmed up replaced electrical system as antiskid, antilock brakes melted down and were inactivated manifold failure; caused at rattling sound when cold started which went away as car warmed up 
Oct 2012

84000 mi
window would go up but not stay up 
Volvo XC90 in Iceland
Jun 2011 - Jul 2011
Jul 2011

39060 mi

$1050
wheel bearings were replaced on both rear wheels. 
Volvo XC90 in South Africa
Jun 2010 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

96100 mi
Engine mounts top and bottom replaced. Brake discs and pads replacement on all four wheels. 
Volvo XC90 in Kansas, United States
Mar 2011 - Dec 2013
Jul 2012

110300 mi

US $250
Replaced sensor in passenger window that protects from child getting pinched. Defective sensor made window just go right back down when it got to full up position. Tweeter speaker cover fell off [again]. One of the few design flaws in this Volvo. Instead of replacing, they just put a few drops of glue on it to hold it on. Sounds kluge-ee but it works and much cheaper than whole new speaker. 
Volvo XC90 in Minnesota, United States
Aug 2013 - Sep 2014
Dec 2013

114000 mi

US $1000
replaced some electrical thing in the steering column 
Sep 2014

128000 mi

US $1100
oil filter thing(not oil filter) muffler bracket broken 
Volvo XC90 in Illinois, United States
Oct 2009 - Dec 2012
Nov 2009

28000 mi

US $300
Wheel bearing worn out 
Dec 2009

30000 mi

US $100
Hatch/ liftgate lock replaced 
Jan 2012

48000 mi

US $2000
Engine mounts cracked 
Oct 2012

54300 mi

US $1600
tie-rod end 
Volvo XC90 in Michigan, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2013
Jun 2010

52000 mi

US $650
Both rear wheel bearings began to fail following the winter -- cab bacame more and more noisy 
Jul 2010

52000 mi

US $450
Siren module needed to be replaced, alarm ramdomly activated. 
Volvo XC90 in New Jersey, United States
Oct 2008 - Oct 2009
Sep 2008

32000 mi
Both rear wheel bearings 
Oct 2008

35000 mi
Both front wheel bearings 
Nov 2008

36000 mi
Grinding noise. Replaced both front wheel bearings. Anti-slip error light. Replaced steering input sensor. Steering input sensor 
Oct 2009

51000 mi
All-too-common transfer case rear seal leak. Volvo dealer quoted $1800 to repair. Sold car to dealer. 
Volvo XC90 in Minnesota, United States
Mar 2009 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

59000 mi

US $1300
XC90 needed new front strut plates. 
Volvo XC90 in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2014 - Jun 2017
Jun 2017

182000 mi

US $590
Muffler 
Volvo XC90 in Illinois, United States
Dec 2007 - Jun 2018
Nov 2008

21000 mi
Got "brake assist service required" message. Dealer replaced defective brake position sensor. Time taken: about 90 minutes. 
Mar 2011

40000 mi

US $330
Struts, bushings worn out; replaced. Angle gear leak; sealed. 
Jul 2011

43500 mi
Replaced worn sway bar links and engine mounts. 
Volvo XC90 in Texas, United States
Dec 2007 - Mar 2014
Dec 2010

55000 mi

US $120
Shift leaver release button cracked 
Dec 2012

70000 mi

US $32
Seat side panel - drivers side 
Jan 2014

59000 mi

US $25
Window washer lines 
Volvo XC90 in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2007 - Dec 2017
Aug 2010

31000 mi

US $150
Replaced rear wheel bearing. Replaced ball joint. 
Feb 2011

35000 mi

US $325
Remove and Replaced vent hose to oil trap 
Jun 2011

37000 mi

US $100
DS spline in front axle loose and was glued (loctite). Made loud knock before repair. OK after repair. 
Dec 2012

47000 mi

US $900
Replace rear wheel bearings 
May 2013

49600 mi

US $300
Broken seal (O Ring) required replacement of seal and recharge of coolant. 
Jun 2015

73000 mi

US $725
Replace Front strut 
Sep 2015

75000 mi

US $1600
Replace rear shocks. 
Volvo XC90 in New Hampshire, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

95000 mi

US $2300
AWD stopped working. Angle gear worn out some time since last year. AWD stopped working for no reason. Dealer states this is an angle gear and want to replace the whole unit. 
Volvo XC90 in New York, United States
Aug 2008 - Dec 2009
Sep 2008

67000 mi

US $1000
Both rear wheel bearings were replaced. 
Jun 2009

80000 mi

US $15000
Engine Mounts were bad 
Volvo XC90 in Maryland, United States
Oct 2009 - Aug 2013
Jul 2010

75000 mi

US $150
Rear driver's side wheel bearing replaced due to noise. 
Volvo XC90 in California, United States
Dec 2007 - Mar 2008
Jan 2008

22000 mi
Brought in for routine maintenance, asked for an alignment and they found worn control arm bushings and a broken motor mount. Replaced control bushings. Replaced motor mount. 

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2005 Volvo XC90 4dr SUV

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

Volvo XC90 in Great Britain
Jun 2016 - Apr 2018
Jul 2016

115200 mi
Replace new parking brake 
Volvo XC90 in Great Britain
Dec 2008 - Dec 2012
Feb 2009

62000 mi
Left rear wheel bearing replaced. Noisy Windscreen wiper bearing in drive mechanism required plenum cover removed and lubrication  
Jun 2009

67000 mi

£1000
Replaced left hand front lower wishbone (control arm). Bushes worn out and broken causing clunking noise.  Right hand rear wheel bearing making rumbling noise. Replaced. 
Feb 2010

77000 mi

£100
Noisy bearing on alternator. Heater kept blowing cold then hot then cold etc etc Engine torque mountings bottom worn/ top broken. Replaced both units. Can now much quieter. Left hand suspension top spring shock mount replaced to stop nasty creaking and knocking noise on braking/corners. Rear parking brake sticking due to rusty mechanism on both sides plus broken pad. Replaced both levers and 1 set pads behind rear disks.  
Mar 2010

79000 mi
Radio works intermittently plus high pitched crackling noise. Possible connection problem on fibre optic plug in amplifier under right hand seat. Removed amplifer, unplugged and replugged fibre connector. Seems to work OK now. 
Apr 2010

80000 mi

£400
Radio continued to fail intermittently. Gave up and fitted an aftermarket radio/DVD player and volvo parts prices were ridiculous. Now much improved with better sound and linked screen for movies. 
Nov 2012

97000 mi

£750
Bevel gear oil leak plus wear on drive shaft seals. replaced 
Volvo XC90 in Great Britain
Sep 2012 - Feb 2014
Aug 2013

47400 mi

£500
Fuel sensor defective required a replacement and software update - as car out of warranty although just had to pay £500 
Feb 2014

53000 mi
Faulty ABS sensor on both real wheels with splice ring worn had to replace -took a long time to diagnose with independent 

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2005 Volvo XC90 4dr SUV

311-horsepower 4.4L V8 6-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Volvo XC90 in Ohio, United States
Jun 2015 - Mar 2016
Feb 2016

101300 mi
Squeaking sound from accessory belts. Replaced serpentine belt and tensioners for around $1000. Memory for front seat stopped working 
Volvo XC90 in California, United States
Mar 2016 - Sep 2016
Sep 2016

85000 mi
Alternator failed, thought it was battery...original battery still working after 11 Years. Repair shop wanted $1200 to replace alternator. Was going to do it myself ~300 but needed to remove wheel & axle...looked like a pain ita. Traded in! 
Volvo XC90 in California, United States
Feb 2010 - Jun 2015
Sep 2013

95000 mi

US $3000
bearings in the tensioner pulleys going out making noise sensor i believe was a MAP sensor going bad 
Feb 2014

102000 mi

US $1800
Alternator went bad and was replaced. Due to the location of this part, many hours of labor was required. 
Volvo XC90 in Virginia, United States
Nov 2007 - Dec 2012
May 2007

25000 mi
rear wheel bearing replaced 
Jun 2008

34000 mi
Replace rear differential 
Dec 2012

86000 mi

US $500
Both front lower control arms, brakes, spring seats, shocks 
Volvo XC90 in Minnesota, United States
Nov 2009 - Sep 2016
Mar 2012

106000 mi

US $600
Inner-tie rod end was loose and clicking/clunking when turning the steering. Tie rod end was replaced. Slight hesitation in shifting. Some minor shift flare. 
Aug 2012

109400 mi

US $600
Rear hub assembly worn. Required replacement of rear axle which was rusted to hub, 
Feb 2015

136000 mi

US $1000
Outer Tie-Rod End replacement. Both rear bearing (hub assemblies) replaced. 
Volvo XC90 in Ohio, United States
Dec 2008 - Sep 2012
May 2010

67000 mi

US $600
Parking brake was replaced and rear brake pads were replaced. Left tie rod was fixed. 
Jul 2010

68000 mi

US $300
AC was not cold. Regfrigerant was really low and more was added. AC is now blowing cold air. 
Oct 2011

85000 mi

US $1000
All Wheel Drive stopped working. Problem noticed b/c front tires were bald. Front tires were just over a year old, so we knew the problem was beyond bald tires. 
Volvo XC90 in Hawaii, United States
Nov 2008 - Mar 2013
Dec 2008

49000 mi
Transmission valve body replaced. Corrected funky shifting. Interior lights inop. Wiring harness damaged during repairs to rain sensor for wipers. 
Feb 2009

55000 mi

US $300
Car has high pressure headlight washer nozzles imbedded inside bumper with a color matched cover with a built in gimble for the nozzle to swivel up to the headlight. Covers cost $300. for two (2) including paint, new nozzles and install. 
Aug 2009

62000 mi

US $35
"Soft Touch" plastic panel surround on drivers seat controls cracked and slowly disintegrated. Part replaced by owner as the shop was backed up. 30 dollar part, about an hour to R&R Parts came in a while ago, owner finally replaced. Ultimately a simple repair but w/o shop knowing process ( 1st time occurence for them) it took about an hour and a half to disassemble and "noodle out" the fix 
Mar 2012

104000 mi

US $120
Hood gas strut supports fail to keep hood open. Most likely due to age (6.5 yrs) and tropical heat. Simple replacement. Parts only. 
Jun 2012

108000 mi

US $150
Some sensor that affected the check engine light failed 
Mar 2013

119000 mi
Automatic window closure malfunction. "pinch guard" sensitivity too high and window would re-open by itself. Adjusted software. 
Volvo XC90 in California, United States
Jun 2008 - Jun 2011
Volvo XC90 in Washington, United States
Jan 2010 - Oct 2015
Feb 2010

58000 mi
Vibrations coming from the transmission at certain speeds. Dealer replaced transmission on the third visit to their service department. 
Dec 2010

65000 mi
Both middle seats would not fold to allow access to rear seats. 
May 2011

67000 mi
Middle row of seats would not fold correctly so kids could not get to the third row. 
Oct 2015

125000 mi
ABS light came on. Dealer wanted to charge $3k to repair it. We traded in the xc90 for an xc60. 
Volvo XC90 in Idaho, United States
Aug 2012 - Dec 2013
Dec 2013

122000 mi

US $900
The alternator needed replaced. It was giving a Power System Service Urgent warning light. 
Volvo XC90 in Colorado, United States
Nov 2011 - Dec 2014
Jul 2012

99200 mi

US $700
Alternator stopped working... bought new bosch unit and had friend (mechanic at another dealership) install 
Feb 2014

110000 mi

US $1100
needed new hub bearings and control arm bushings. still using the original shocks which are still OK (a little rusty but not leaking) After bearings and bushings, had an alignment service done. 
Volvo XC90 in Iceland
Dec 2007 - Nov 2008
Sep 2007

26040 mi

$6500
OBC message said Anti-skid needed servicing, but no fault codes showed up. After a lot of hours spent on searching for the fault, the rear differential was found to be inoperative and needed replacement. Replaced under optional extended warranty. 
Jun 2008

29760 mi

$300
The message ANTI-SKID SERVICE REQUIRED came up in the OBD. Problem solved after sensor connections were checked and fastened. 
Oct 2008

31000 mi
Right tie-rod end worn out and replaced. 
Volvo XC90 in Wisconsin, United States
Jan 2011 - Jun 2012
Feb 2011

106000 mi

US $450
Transmission was failing. Transmission fluid was flushed and filled and the computer systems were reset. 
Apr 2011

110200 mi

US $625
Alternator died. Had to tow. Installed rebuilt alternator. Part $425 labor 3-4 hours. 

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2005 Volvo XC90 4-door

turbocharged 5-cylinder diesel manual AWD

Volvo XC90 in Great Britain
Mar 2012 - Jun 2012
Apr 2012

102700 mi

£850
handbrake did not hold on hills and a new system had to be installed 

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2005 Volvo XC90 4-door

turbocharged 5-cylinder diesel automatic AWD

Volvo XC90 in Great Britain
Dec 2012 - Mar 2014
Mar 2014

93000 mi

£1000
Ignition barrel broke, locking the key so it wouldn't turn past position 1 Jerk going into gear 4 and 5. Replaced transmission fluid, reset adaptive setting, fluid counters and updated gearbox software 
Volvo XC90 in Great Britain
Sep 2011 - Sep 2012
Dec 2011

137000 mi

£40
Excessive clutch wear warning and limp home mode engaged locking transmission into 4th gear. 

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2004.5 Volvo XC90 4dr SUV

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

Volvo XC90 in Great Britain
Jun 2010 - Oct 2011
Nov 2010

93100 mi

£350
rear wheel bearing, replaced. 
Mar 2011

96000 mi

£1100
central electrical module failure which caused damage to rear electrical module 
Jul 2011

98000 mi

£500
split intercooler 
Oct 2011

99000 mi

£60
screen washer pump failure 

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