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Eight facts about the Volvo XC90

  • To emphasize flexibility within its ranks, Volvo produced the mid-size luxury crossover SUV, the XC90, with the same body as their mid-size executive sedan - the Volvo S80. Both of them have the P2 platform as their foundation.

  • Along with being named as Volvo's top-selling vehicle in the United States, the Volvo XC90 also became the best-selling Volvo worldwide. There were 85,994 XC90s sold in 2005.

  • You would think that Volvo would source its engine from the most reputable car manufacturers in the world. If that's the case, it makes a lot of sense. However, in 2005, Volvo added another trim to its line-up together with a new engine made by the world's biggest piano maker - Yamaha. Moreover, this has hardly been the first time Yamaha produced an engine for automobile manufacturers. Yamaha developed the engine for the first Japanese supercar, the Toyota 2000GT, way back in 1967. They also supplied engines for Ford from 1989 to 1996.

  • In 2003, the Volvo XC90 won the North American Car of the Year award. Likewise, the famous automotive magazine, Motor Trend, also named the XC90 the best Sport Utility Vehicle that same year.

  • The Volvo XC90 may not have taken the world by storm through its Hollywood cameos. But in India, Bollywood begs to differ. The Volvo XC90 was prominently featured in the movie "3 Idiots" - Bollywood's biggest box office success of all time. Consequently, demand for the XC90 shot up in India and in other countries.

  • The Swedish car maker, Volvo, has always been known for making the safest cars around. Not much has changed with the conception of the XC90; this car's safety is still a crucial part of its design. For instance, this SUV has been designed to direct pedestrians up on the hood upon impact rather than sliding towards the chassis of the vehicle.

  • The Volvo XC90 received the Top Safety Pick award for gaining the highest possible rating from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). It scored "good" in the front, side, rear and roof strength test.

  • Volvo pioneered another safety feature by introducing the industry's first Roll Stability Control and Dynamic Stability and Traction Control in the first generation XC90 back in 2003.

Volvo XC90 Articles

  • Frequent problems that plagued the Volvo XC90

    17 January 2013

    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


    Transmission

    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.


    Engine

    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.


    Electrical issue

    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.