2003 Volvo XC90 Consumer Review: Nice Car, Costs a small fortun

2003 Volvo XC90 - Consumer Review

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T6 4dr SUV (2.9L 6-cyl. Twin-turbo AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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Nice Car, Costs a small fortune to maint
By Dennis on


2003 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD 4dr SUV (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 4A)


I have owned a lot of cars over the years, this one is buy far the most expensive to maintain. I'm on my third set of tires with only 56,000 miles. The first two sets from the dealership got less than 20K each. The tires generally recommended are too light for this car. The third set was Michelins but they aren't up to the task either. For my next set of tires I'm going to try the GoodYear Assurance ComforTred tires. It took the service department about 3 years to finally fix the leak in my power steering. And the funny noise the front end suspension made every time I made a right turn. Now let me count how many suspension parts and brake pads I've had to replace... The gas mileage sucks.

Best Features

It's a comfortable car to drive.

Worst Features

Volvo needs to provide better tires than they currently offer. They need to do something about the suspension, I live in NYC and every time I take it in for service there is another worn bushing. I've lived here my whole life and have never had a brand new car with so many suspension problems.
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