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Volvo XC90 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L Inline 5-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All 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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Worst car i ever owned

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

This was my first and will be my last Volvo. This thing needs new tires every 20,000 miles, grinds through brake pads, needed a new transmission at 80,000 miles and now at 100,000 miles the turbo is blown. Probably had this car in the shop 2 to 3x per year for various electrical and mechanical problems. Volvo was gracious enough to replace the transmission for only the cost of labor (I am convinced they have a silent recall going on) but it still cost me $1,600. Now to fix the turbo will cost another $5,000. It is time to trade in this albatross....I should have done it 30,000 miles ago. Volvo should just recall this vehicle and give everybody their money back.




First year xc90...gremlins

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

Bought the T6 as a certified used car from a local dealership in 2004 with 24K on it...thank goodness for warranty as this vehicle was in the shop too often..during our first year of ownership approx 4 visits and about 1.5 months of non-use as they finally determined the engine block was cracked which caused a perpetual coolant bleed into the cylinders...plus since then sunroof drain blockage caused water to leak into the vehicle and soak all of the electrical in front. Tires burn through in about 20k miles and a window switch that sank into the door panel. Guess this is part of the First year gremlins that came out...long story short...I think the Japanese earned their quality reputation.




Volvo for life!

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

I love my Volvo SUV because I feel safe and I know my passengers will be protected in the event of an accident. All the safety features that Volvo offers are the reason I purchased this truck. I will move onto another one next year. This will be my only vechicle brand for the rest of my life, VOLVO,




Avoid the 2003 xc90

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

We've had tons of service problems. Volvo keeps telling us it is because the vehicle is the first year for the model. The vehicle absolutely cannot hold an alignment (we get it realigned every 3-6K miles) and burns thru tires rapidly (every 10-12K miles). Every time we have something fixed, a new problem emerges within 500 miles of driving. Lots of stuff (rear shocks, bearings, brake pads) have had to be replaced prematurely, and there have been many minor problems (stench from HVAC, radio malfunctions, etc.) on top of more serious concerns.




Traded up

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

Traded up from a turck-based SUV to a XC90 and a Honda Pilot -- both are extraordinary vehicles. I expect to own them for a long, long time, so reliability is a major issue.




Volvo xc90

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

Nice car thus far reliable. Gas mileage on the lower end of its suugested performance



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
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  • 22
  • highway
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