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Volvo XC90 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Inline 5-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 208 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Volvo XC90

  • Volvo may be late to the SUV ball game, but the XC90 brings some special features to make it stand out in a crowded field. If safety is of primary concern, the XC90 has got you covered on numerous fronts.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Uncompromised safety features, lots of standard options, SUV ride height.

  • Cons

    Disadvantageous engine and transmission combination, price could get high if you don't police yourself with the options list.

  • What's New for 2003

    Volvo throws in its hat into the luxury SUV ring with the XC90, a vehicle that offers an impressive list of safety and comfort features.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
/
  • 22
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Very happy @ 200,000

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo XC90 2.5T Fwd 4dr SUV (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

I've read the recent reviews and it appears most folks are pretty miffed with their XC-90's. I couldn't be happier with mine. A couple car pool trips shy of 200,000 miles (I bought it new) and no major issues - never a tranny, motor, A/C or electrical problem. I get about 45,000 miles on tires - not great but a willing compromise knowing I'm driving a stout porker that's as safe as anything on the road. I have an honest, reliable mechanic who has taken care of a couple cars for me - a bonus. Other than scheduled maintenance items, there hasn't been much to repair on the car that would not be expected, given the mileage. Ball joints and motor mounts are the only things that come to mind




Volvo owner no more!

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo XC90 2.5T Fwd 4dr SUV (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

When I first got the vehicle I loved it, but after having it for 2 + years, it's not reliable..something is always wrong with it..had so much trouble with the Axles where it would shake rigourously 60-70 mph..the A/C stops blowing out consistently after 20 min..and when it's on its too darn cold! The temp. gauge doesn't work so it's either freezing or hot.




Meets high expectations

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo XC90 2.5T Fwd 4dr SUV (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

The vehicle continues to look and ride like new after four years. 2.5T cruises great at 60-80 mph. Wear on tires and brakes is more than we had anticipated. Great on long trips. City mileage is a modest disappointment.




15 + years a volvo

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo XC90 2.5T Fwd 4dr SUV (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

Was true Volvo believer here for over 15 years but no more! I have always loved this brand and believed in but the XC 90 is the most unreliable, high maintenance auto I have ever owned. 60 k miles now, and am in need of (4th set of 4 tires)and front-end ball joints; heating and air conditioning system has never worked correctly (and they can't figure it out), passenger side front window has broken at least 4 times; wind shield wiper blades fly off car.... shall I continue? I just purchased a different brand SUV even though I have 3 months to go on my Volvo-KLUNKER lease! 2007 Buyers - beware and consider alternative, less expensive SUVs unless you enjoy visiting dealer service facilities.




Safety with style

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo XC90 2.5T Fwd 4dr SUV (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

Outstanding daily driver. Easy to navigate in city traffic. Lot's of power when needed. Very comfortable on long trips. Excellent gas mileage.




Worst suv i have ever

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo XC90 2.5T Fwd 4dr SUV (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)

So many problems with my XC90. Volvo sent this SUV out and did not finish putting it together. The carpet fell down in the front seat, outside window trim was not attached, numerous problems with the braking system-very loud noise, exhaust was entering car, Anti skid warning light kept coming on, When unlocking the front door the trim around the lock came off, made repeated trips to dealership and they said they fixed it and they did not. Can't wait to get rid of this SUV!



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Full 2003 Volvo XC90 Review

What's New for 2003

Volvo throws in its hat into the luxury SUV ring with the XC90, a vehicle that offers an impressive list of safety and comfort features.

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Talk About The 2003 XC90

2003 Volvo XC90 Discussions See all Started By

alittleboy
alittleboy
12-12-2010
In the course of reading and talking to people about the frequency of failed transmission in the XC90 T6 2003-2005, it's become apparent that there are a few unlucky people out there, like me, who've ...


hifiveo
hifiveo
12-12-2004
I'm thinking about purchasing the 2005 XC90 2.5T and would like your opinion on this article posted on Car Talk. I'm concerned on the cost for repairs after 50K miles....


trini
trini
05-07-2005
XC90, Nautic Blue, Versatility, NAV, Prem, all options :)...



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