The XC90 is Volvo's entry to the increasingly in-demand crossover SUV market. It has been in production since 2003. The XC90 shares the same P2 platform with the Volvo S80, a mid-size executive saloon car. As of today, it is still Volvo's top selling vehicle in the United States and the world - amassing sales totals of 85,994 units since 2005. Almost ten years into the market, the XC90 has been around for quite some time. Furthermore, Volvo still hasn't afforded their crossover SUV a second generation successor. Only minor adjustments were introduced to its design but the concept is still the same. As always, its safety is second to none. However, the same cannot be said with its other components. These are the usual causes of concern with the Volvo XC90
A common denominator among XC90 owners of the T6 variant wasn't only the twin turbocharged engine, but also the transmission problems. There were various XC90 owners that complained about very early transmission failures, most symptoms clocking in before 60,000 miles. This was caused by GM-sourced automatic transmissions that kept slipping out of gear. Surprisingly, no recalls were ever made for this issue. This forced a lot of owners to change their transmissions, sometimes twice within 60,000 miles.
A number of V8 models in 2005 and 2006 experienced problems particularly with the counterbalance shaft. There was an opening in the engine block that allowed water to be collected whenever it was exposed to wet environments. This is where the sealed bearing is located and once the water fails to escape from the opening, the bearing will undergo premature wearing. It's a good thing that Volvo addressed this issue and fixed it by drilling a drain hole in the engine block.
Volvo Car Corporation in North America recalled 42,211 XC90s from the 2005 model at the end of July 2007 to address a fire hazard issue. XC90s manufactured from the Swedish Torslanda Plant between June 7, 2004 and May 13, 2005 have been asked to be quarantined for faults in the battery to avoid an short circuiting that may lead to fire. Fortunately, this has been figured out before any reports of short circuiting happened.