Used 2003 Volvo XC90 SUV

2003 Volvo XC90

2003 Highlights

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.


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


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

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Features & Specs

2.5T AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)2.5T Fwd 4dr SUV (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A)T6 AWD 4dr SUV (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 4A)
Transmission5-speed shiftable automatic5-speed shiftable automatic4-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower208 hp @ 5000 rpm208 hp @ 5000 rpm268 hp @ 5200 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

Top Consumer Reviews

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Very happy @ 200,000
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
What Volvo is not telling you about this car.
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.
SLPAKP's Review
I really love my new is great fun to drive after moving from a Chrylser Town and County. Less room, but great handling. One complaint is the way the key/remote control lock is designed. The key attaches to one's keyring via a small metal connector that is not permanently attached to the remote control device. Twice, I have almost lost my key when my key ring and the metal connector have separated. Volvo should design a higher quality connector, one that is integral to the remote control device itself, not something that connects to it and then to your key ring.
Used 2003 Volvo XC90 SUV Overview

The Used 2003 Volvo XC90 SUV is offered in the following styles: 2.5T AWD 4dr SUV (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A), 2.5T Fwd 4dr SUV (2.5L 5cyl Turbo 5A), and T6 AWD 4dr SUV (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 4A).

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