Volvo XC90 Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Volvo XC90 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Are the any issues with the transmission or engine in the 2009 Volvo XC90 diesel?

Answered by CarsGuide 10 Sep 2020

There are many variables that can determine how reliable or or otherwise a vehicle can be, especially one that's 11-years-old. A full Volvo dealer-stamped service history, careful owners and pure luck all play a role here, and should be a prerequisite. 

Research shows that the XC90's D5 diesel engine's injectors have been known to fail, and this can be an expensive fix. This may or not be associated with power-loss issues.

Blown turbos, electrical faults and overheating problems have also been reported multiple times.

Some earlier XC90s have been known to suffer from complete transmission failure, reportedly preceded by "strange" noises before bringing the car to a total stop. It seems regular full transmission servicing really reduces the instances of this happening, so again, insist on a fully-stamped service book from authorised Volvo dealers or specialists. 

While not strictly speaking mechanical, the Volvo's sunroof can leak, and this can become very costly to rectify. Neglecting this problem can then lead to electrical failures and water ingress damage inside the cabin.

Our research shows the XC90 D5 of your vintage is no more likely to break down than most European rival luxury SUVs of the same period, which is reasonably good news, though Japanese alternatives do perform better generally.

We hope this helps.

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RECALL: Nearly 10,000 Volvo XC40, XC60 and XC90 SUVs and S60, V60, S90 and V90 cars have possible AEB fault

20 Mar 2020 · by Justin Hilliard

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Volvo XC90 recalled over potential fire hazard

Volvo XC90 recalled over potential fire hazard

9 May 2019 · by Tom White

Volvo Car Australia has issued a safety recall for its model year 2016 XC90 SUV over a fault that could potentially cause a fire.

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Volvo XC90 2008: Is more than 200,000km a worry?

Answered by CarsGuide 4 Jan 2019

You’re right to be concerned about buying a car with a high mileage.

While it’s tempting to buy a car that was once out of our financial reach now that the price has down to a point you can afford it you have to think about the future rather than the now. How long do you plan to keep it, and how many kays will it do while you own it. If you plan to keep it three years it will have close to 300,000 km when you want to sell it. You have to ask yourself if you can afford to have it repaired if something goes wrong. Volvos are no better or worse than other European cars, but like all European brands they tend to be more expensive to repair when they break down. Buying secondhand is not like buying new when all the cars are the same. All secondhand cars are different, they’ve been driven by different people, they’ve been subjected to different climates and road conditions, they’ve been serviced at varying frequencies by different service mechanics, some factory trained, some backyarders, some have done more kilometres than others, etc., etc.

The best advice is to buy the best car, with the lowest odometer reading, with the best service history, that’s been owned by the fussiest owner.

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is the Volvo XC90 worth the extra money over A Mazda CX-9?

Answered by CarsGuide 18 May 2018

The Volvo XC90 is a terrific luxury SUV, one that offers plenty of high-end technology and luxury appointments, plus with enough room for seven adults if need be. It's an inescapable fact that the Volvo is on the expensive side - if you consider a petrol engine version with sporty styling - the T6 R-Design would be the go-to option - and at about $105,000 before on-road costs and options, you're likely to see a lot of value in a like-for-like comparison against the Mazda CX-9 Azami AWD (which is about $65,000 before on-road costs, and there are hardly any options to choose). 

The Volvo doesn't excite the senses as much as a Mazda CX-9, and if that's important to you, then we'd suggest the Japanese seven-seat SUV is the better option. But it is hard to argue against the Volvo's driveway cred, and if you can afford it without stretching the budget, then it's definitely worth a test drive. 

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4 Sep 2017 · by Robbie Wallis

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Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Volvo models headline latest recalls

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19 Jun 2017 · by Justin Hilliard

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued its latest round of recalls, with models from Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia and Volvo impacted by the recent safety notices.

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Land Rover, Nissan, Volvo headline latest recalls

Land Rover, Nissan, Volvo headline latest recalls

24 Mar 2017 · by Justin Hilliard

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has this week issued safety recalls for various vehicles from Land Rover, Nissan and Volvo.

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Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo issue safety recalls

Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo issue safety recalls

17 Mar 2017 · by Tim Nicholson

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has issued another recall for its Range Rover Evoque compact SUV after the company discovered a previous recall had failed to properly fix the issue.

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