2004 Volvo XC90 User Reviews

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    2004 Volvo XC90 T6 AWDReview
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    Volvo Xc90 — Good car. Fuel mileage is horrible, even acknowleging the weight of the vehicle. Really nervous about the transmission, as have heard horror stories about the GM trans mated to the 2.9L motor wearing out at 50-100K. Car has just over 50K on it now, and is starting to make some interesting noises from the front end. Goes like a bandit in the snow, though!

    Pros: Ride

    Cons: transmission

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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    2004 Volvo XC90 2.5TReview
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    Great Car With Alot Of Space... — Classy big suv,plenty of power og seats for a big family..

    Pros: design

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    2004 Volvo XC90 T6 AWDReview
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    Big, Chunky, Solid And Reliable —

    As this is a Volvo, I think its best to start with the safety aspect, as this is what volvo do best. The lights always stay on, like every other volvo, and this is highly annoying. Especially when your driving on a motorway at 1pm in the middle of the summer. This car also boasts about 2 million airbags, which means you have more chance in having a fatal accident whilst watching TV, then you do driving this car. The one thing I do love about the safety on this car is a little button on the dashboard with the letters DSTC on. Flick this switch and suddenly you feel like your on a broken roller coaster, but this is great, this is what makes you appreciate the design of cars because we like to feel unsafe, we like to experiance adrenaline. On to the car itself, the version I drove was actually a 2.4 D5 (turbo diesel). It has a very slow acceleration at low speeds, but stick it on a motorway and 60-100 mph will seem quicker than the average handgun firing a bullet at a wall 2 inches away. The build quality is amazing, and for a base price of around 30k, the leather interior and stylish dash makes you feel like youve just bought a bargain bentley. The Sat-nav is cool but extremely annoying. It comes out the dash in a very slick way, but try programming it and you suddenly feel like Bill Gates working on the original IBM computers. The car looks good on the outside, the wheels are big (18 inch) and the front looks fierce.

    Pros: Big, scary, quite quick and good looking

    Cons: a bit too safe and quite squashy in the very back

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    2004 Volvo XC90 T6 AWDReview
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    Very Clean, Reliable Safe Family Car — This is Americas safest car around! Very reliable, safe, durable, yet, sleek and modern looking! The comfort of the seats makes any drive very comfortable, the built in booster seat, means youll never be with out one! Plus the 3rd row seat makes driving your kids around easy to do!

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Twin Turbo AWD, 3rd row seats, leather, moonroof, dual climate control, rear air, premium sound system, power heated mirrors, child booster, WHIPS system, keyless entry, fog lamps, AWD, leather

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    Not As Hardy As We'd Like —

    I was hesitant to purchase this car due to the transmission issues that are well documented on the internet. We decided because of the perfect service records and low milage that it was worth the risk. I think we made a mistake. With only 128km the transmission service light is on and the gears shift roughly once we get into city traffic and the engine is warmed up. We are dreading the visit to the mechanic. With all the horror stories about transmissions being replaced we feel we may be in line for one ourselves. Update. Well before we could even take it in to the mechanic, the transmission failed on the highway in traffic with my wife and kids aboard on Christmas day. We had to be towed at 40 miles an hour to our destination taking 4 hours. More to come on the outcome. Mechanic recommended rebuilding the transmission costing 2000.00 usd. That was over a year ago and we have not had any other issues other than a rusted tailgate rod that kept us from opening the back. We had to have it replaced for about $100. Other that that we have taken long road trips with no problems. Hopefully we will get another 128,000 km out of the rebuilt transmission.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: Great family car. Comfortable and quiet. Feeling of driving a heavy duty safe SUV.

    Cons: transmission is bumpy and slips and is historically known for transmission problems.

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    2004 Volvo XC90 2.5TReview
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    Best Car So Far! — Almost didn't buy it, due to towing. But so thankful I did. It tows our snow mobiles fine in the snow and handles well. Also, we tow a small trailer for moving things. Such a fun car to drive and I receive so many compliments on its handling and comfort from passengers! I am thinking it would do ok with a small boat for towing. My kids are grown, but this would have made a great family car. But still not too big for my husband and I.

    Primary Use: Family transportation

    Pros: So very comfortable ride. Handles well in the snow and city driving.  The cargo area holds so much, especially with the back seats that go down.  This is my 13th volvo since 1981 and by far my very favorite!  Less blind spots than the V70 I had.  When I step on the gas, it goes.  I have actually put a little rubber down (not intentional).   Always feel safe and secure in this heavy duty suv. Esthetically, looks really sharp with exterior white and tan interior.  Classy and Classic.

    Cons: Tires.  Seems to be an issue with the xc90.  Have had the car aligned and tires balanced.  Second set of tires.

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    Because of the great reviews. My wife loved the car for its safety feature and its space. Volvo has a great reputation for making family vehicle. We have two girls plus another one the way. Would definitely give this vehicle 5 Star's.
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    Reviews From Other Years

    2013 Volvo XC90 Reviews

    For The Money And Safety You Do Not Beat It. By Andrew

    Ultimate SAFE family truckster. Add in Totally free maintenance and full warranty and 25-30% less than a comparably equipped Audi or BMW. No, it does not handle like its peers from Germany, but not... Read More

    2012 Volvo XC90 Reviews

    Beautiful, Safe And Reliable Family Suv By Philandsteph1

    I love my SUV. It handles great on the highway and riding around town. Good gas mileage. It is the most comfortable car I have owned just A little tight with 3 kiddos. But all around would buy one a... Read More

    2011 Volvo XC90 Reviews

    The Family Tool By Stefan

    The perfect family car, safe and powerful, quality made... Good brakes, nice dash, easy navigation, spacy, 7 seats. Nice rims and tires, overall quality. Fuel consumption could be better. This is m... Read More

    Why Bother By Matthew

    engine makes a good noice turning circle is rubbish well end up doing a 9 point turn looks good on the outside interior lets it down sound system isnt great dont see the point in an a wanabe 4x4 road... Read More

    2010 Volvo XC90 Reviews

    Great Family Vehicle By Adam

    Great on room for trips. Kids love the DVD players in each headrest. Has wireless headphones or you can play through speakers. Good gas mileage for a suv. Cons Not a lot of horse power. Driv... Read More

    2009 Volvo XC90 Reviews

    If Safety Is Your First Priority... This Is Your Vehicle! By spinedoc

    With sharp lines and a now classic body style, the heavy XC90 makes a fine appearance in any driveway. The exterior lines are clean and smooth. The vehicle is made with Volvo's attention to safety a... Read More

    Xc90r By Richard

    Incredible SUV, great buy, would recommend it to anyone who asked. THis was a simple buy when we heard how reliable and how safe it was. This car is amazing to drive nd handles like a dream. 1 2 3 Read More

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