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2004 xc90 and new transmission at 67K miles??

How typical is it to need a new transmission at 67K? I think the dealer is ripping me off by giving me a deal to pay only 50% of the labor costs or $1800?

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  • XC90turbo Apr 11, 2009

    We had to replace the Transmission at 56,000 miles on our XC90 2004 T6.  From what I understand is that if you have the turbo you are going to see this problem.  A friend has 105,000 on his turbo XC90 and now needs transmission.  If you have the smaller engine in XC90.  You must likely won't have the problem.  Turbo it seems is causing too much torque.  We towed a lot with our XC90 which probably caused the early demise.

  • willd1640 Apr 13, 2009

    I had to have the transmissoned changed out at 45K on a 2004 xc90 T6... not a good sign for things to come with this vehicle.

  • jim hk Apr 29, 2009

    I have the same problem at 57k mile. the trans need to be replaced. But never towed or lift any heavy stuff.


  • sdobbse33 Apr 30, 2009

    What did your car do when you were told that the transmission would need to be replaced? I bought an 04 xc90 with 113k on it. I have a 30 day warranty, and after 3 weeks I was driving to work and as I started to accelerate from stop the whole car vibrated and then slammed into gear. I had noticed that every once in a while the car would very abruptly change gears with a loud thud. Finally, on my way home from work as I accelerated from stop the car would hardly move and the engine was above 2k rpm's. The urgent transmission service message came up on the gauge panel. What do I do? Demand a new transmission or let the dealer get it checked because he'll probably come back with some minor diagnosis?

  • ajh33091 May 11, 2009

    I have an 04 xc 90, and this transmission will stutter prior to going in gear, and say that i am driving and i take my foot off the gas in preparation to stop, and say the light turns green before i stop, the transmission like hesitates and then while engaging it jerks into gear. i checked the fluid and it is like a burnt colir but i noticed little metalic flakes in the fluid, ive had it checked out twice and niether was good news.



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I am not a Volvo expert just an owner. I get my transmission fluid service done every 20,000 miles. It is $367.00 at the dealership but I have had no problems at all. A little service goes a long long way. Volvo xc90, 2004, 60,780 miles, T5.

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The other responder doesn't know Volvos; you can't replace the tranny fluid like on other vehicles. It's supposed to last well over 200,000 miles. The transmission on my 2004 XC70 is now shot at only 110,000 miles...$4000.

My Volvo mechanic (15 years at dealer) says that this is one of many reflections of lesser quality parts now on Volvos. I've already had to spend $900. on a fuel pump, radiator now leaky,...bad quality.

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Sorry but this is a very common problem and from now on change that fluid every 30k /we do and we dont have these problems ,that is the cold hard facts even if they told you it didnt need serviced

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  • leobreau May 19, 2014

    I agree with mark on this, BUT not on such frequent intervals...maybe every 60K miles. VERY IMPORTANTLY though, don't flush the fluid!! Just change it out. If you flush it, you'll very like cause other problems. I used to own the 2004 xc70 but that transmission issue became a bad nightmare. Now we just stick to older, pre-1999, rear-wheel-drive Volvos that our mechanic told us to stick with. We have a 1992 240 wagon that runs like a tank (never needs oil between changes even at 250,000 mi), 1990 740 Sedan in MINT condition, 245,000 miles, an a 1993 940T with only 160,000. I do many of my own repairs and know these cars fairly well.


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sounds like it probably needs a transmission. volvo has been warrantying the transmissions in the 6 cylinder xc90's so you may get lucky if you have a t6. take it to a dealership and they may warranty the whole job or they may pay for the new transmission but you have to pay the labor to install it

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Your just frustrated,when you learn to
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