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2003 Volvo XC90 SUV - Consumer Reviews

2003 Volvo XC90 SUV

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Bad reliabitlity had to get rid ,very disappointed
8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By klosterfrau1
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2003 Volvo XC90 SUV T6 AWD 4dr SUV (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 4A)


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I was lucky to get this car to 125k almost every month I had it in the shop for all kinds of problems from shocks to spark plug and coils replaced. brakes squeaking and replaced that didn’t fix the problem and the rotors were replaced and still didn’t fix the problem. The transmission gave out and had to be replaced, a piston gave out it was replaced, dashboard lights out , brake lights were out and the mechanic could not find the short so the wiring was replaced but the dash warning came on every time you step on the brakes. It leaks! The gas tank was leaking, then coolant started leaking and then wiper washer fluid started to leak as well. Tsc gave out, electric system warning came on.


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What Volvo is not telling you about this car.
19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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By marigold1
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2003 Volvo XC90 SUV T6 AWD 4dr SUV (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 4A)


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I would stay far away from buying another Volvo after everything my family has been through with our 2003 XC90. The engines are not built to work with the transmissions. We have replaced the transmission every 30,000 miles. It has now become a safety issue. It has broken down on me too many times to count. I have dumped almost $12,000 into it. Go look at the service center at your local Volvo dealership. The lot is full of cars needing repairs. We have replaced the transmission 3 times, radiator, shocks, struts, axles, arm bushings...even down to the door handles. Do not make the same mistake we did. It is not a reliable car and I consider it a safety risk to drive.


Best Features

It's deceiving because the design of the car is beautiful. It drives quiet when things are working. Problem is....it's usually not working.


Worst Features

Stop selling these cars. Stop replacing the transmissions and sending people back out on the road. Fix the root of the problem.


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Volvo is Swedish for Unreliable Money-Pit
2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By rogerb41
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2003 Volvo XC90 SUV T6 AWD 4dr SUV (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 4A)


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Be careful of what you wish for.
We liked the design of the Volvo XC90, but after we bought it.....
Let's see:
30k miles, the ENTIRE front end had to be replaced (after about 4 shots by the dealer to fix it).
At 80k miles, Transmission failed.
Wow!
$5,000 for a transmission!!


Around 110k miles, the CD changer and radio stopped working.
Would come on and go off randomly; sometimes staying on after the car was turned off.
The roof liner on both sides of the windhshield came off.
The
At 113k miles, Transmission failed AGAIN!
Said Good-bye this morning to the Money-pit.


Will never own another Volvo (my wife's 2002 S40 was the same story)


Best Features

Handled very well for an SUV. Very comfortable seats. Did have great AC, and nice positioning of vents. When the radio worked, it was nice


Worst Features

Read my review.


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Never Again
3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By phred3717
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2003 Volvo XC90 SUV T6 AWD 4dr SUV (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 4A)


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I will never buy another Volvo.

This car cost me countless hours and huge sums of money to keep running.

I had an extended waranty to begin with but then the real problems began.
Brake pads annually, main engine seals, tierod ends, transmission.

Broke down on family trips even after being serviced faithfully by dealer!

Last straw - the turbos blew on a road trip 1,000 Km from home with family and friends onboard.
Got $100 for it and was happy to see the end of it.

Fool me once shame on you Volvo
- wont happen again.


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good car but expensive to keep
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By Anonymous
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2003 Volvo XC90 SUV T6 AWD 4dr SUV (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 4A)


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i bought this car this past summer with 144xxx miles on it but when i bought it the motor was gone so i got a good deal on it, i bought a motor for $3000 with 70xxx miles and first it ran great but then one of the turbos quit. the transmission has ever been an issue for me but this car is very expensive to keep it only gets about 8 mpg but it rides nice so i guess its not too bad


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it rides nice, the stereo is amazing has great speakers, great bass


Worst Features

only put mobile 1 oil in it or it wont run good


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