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2008 Volvo XC90 SUV

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Beware of transmission issues
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By jero72
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2008 Volvo XC90 SUV V8 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl 6A)


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As represented by MANY blogs, transmission failure is very wide- spread issue. More surprising is the repeat replacement issue. Vovlo doesn't seem to be concerned as there is no public discussin regarding design or manufacturing changes, even for the new models. I fully believe the only reason Volvo has not recalled the vehicle for faulty trany (replacement) is because they haven't been able to link fatalities to the issue. Based on what I am reading and what I am hearing, its only a matter of time. I am very surprised the Luxury Car manufacturer has not taken a more proactive position on this and dealers are very difficult to work with.


Favorite Features

great internal engineering. The vehicle packs a lot of optins and usable features into a very small space. It is clear the end user was in mind when they designed the interior.


Suggested Improvements

focus on improving mechanical components (i.e. transmission)


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Stranded
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By scatback
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2008 Volvo XC90 SUV V8 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl 6A)


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At 33k, the car overheated and stranded us. Picked it up from the dealer after two days, happened again. Twice on the hook in a week. That follows 3 days in the shop for a steering angle sensor, and another day for a headlight. The 4.4 is great, the ride is quiet, the interior is designed for adults. But we've driven 800,000 miles in Acuras and Infinities and never been left on the side of the road. It's happened twice in our low mileage XC90 in a week. Plus, no rearward vision and primitive electronics. We're going back to MDX


Favorite Features

interior looks great and wears like iron with the premium upholstery. Still great looking car, plus the V-8/six speed transmission combo; a real road warrior


Suggested Improvements

rear view camera, bluetooth, decent nav system and better dealer service.


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Great car needs better tires
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By scatback
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2008 Volvo XC90 SUV V8 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl 6A)


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20,000 trouble free miles in the V-8, average 19.7 mpg in mixed driving. Love the premium leather, the drive train, the ride and quality and the looks. But Volvo shouldn't build a all wheel drive car with the 19" Pirelli Scorpians. They are useless, not to say dangerous, in even light snow, got real noisy after 15,000 miles and were ready for scrap after 20k. I've replaced the with Conti HDC's, which are stock on Mercedes. My only other complaint is the turning radius that resembles a super tanker (supposedly to accommodate the width of the V-8); we call ours the "Queen Mary".


Favorite Features

The leather with the premium package will look new at 100k. Still the best looking SUV on the road. HID active headlights are cool. Great highway cruiser with that V-8 and six speed


Suggested Improvements

Better tires, for Pete sake. Volvo is into safety; but this care isn't safe with the Scorpians if you live where it gets cold.


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AWESOME SUV!
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By mBot
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2008 Volvo XC90 SUV V8 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl 6A)


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Leased our 08 XC90 V8 AWD with Premium Package and Bi-Xenons in Feb '08. Best car we've ever owned! 24,000 miles on it so far and love it. No problems! Perfect size......spacious inside, 3rd Row if you need it / lots of cargo room if you don't. 2nd row slides fore and aft to adjust legroom where it's needed most. Excellent interior materials and quality. Drives like a dream. Yamaha-built 4.4L V8 is a ROCKET and has tons of passing power, but will get 22-23 mpg on the highway if you set the cruise at 60-62mph. Yes, this is AWD:) Handles rock solid in the snow if you put snow tires on it. Great car.......we're definitely buying it at the end of the lease


Favorite Features

Build quality, interior materials, workmanship, VERY powerful V8 motor, excellent fuel economy, very flexible interior layout, plenty of space.


Suggested Improvements

Fog light and Fuel door buttons need better backlighting. That's it!


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20K+ and Still Liking it
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By 20K+
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2008 Volvo XC90 SUV V8 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl 6A)


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I've driven the XC90 for 20K+ miles still love it. Mileage is almost always over 20. Trips - Norway/Sweden 1,700 miles - 23.8 mpg. Upper Midwest 2,400 - 23.4 mpg. New England - 3,400 miles 23.7 mpg. Amazingly good mileage. Comfort can't be beat. Have had ZERO problems, not even one repair trip to the dealer. It will be a long time before I trade-in this car.


Favorite Features

The seats are the most comfortable I've ever owned. Long distance driving is easy. The exterior is durable and looks as good as new.


Suggested Improvements

The NAV features are a bit dated and updates cost about what a new portable GPS unit does. Pass on this feature.


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