I read this thread voraciously when I was thinking about ordering and then waiting eight months for my XC40 T5 R-Design. I read all the stories and was so worried it would be a lemon. I took possession in early March 2019. I just scheduled my first FSM tonight, as I approach 10k miles. So far, not a single thing has gone wrong. No glitches. No rattles. No squeaks. No leaks. No recalls. No faulty parts. I was skeptical about buying a first-year model, but I'm super impressed. It's been a dream. Minor quibbles: the transmission (or at least the software) SUCKS! Hard shifts. Clunky and inelegant. Seems discordant with the luxury-ish brand and the polish everywhere else. BUT... I see there have been some transmission software updates since March. I'm looking forward to getting eight months worth of software updates next week and seeing if it smooths out the tranny. :-) Supposedly it'll also stop that stupid "Your SiriusXM subscription has expired" message, too. Sheesh. I have very minor annoyances with the touch screen and that stupid Sirius message. But, in general? Probably the happiest I've been with any vehicle during its first year in all my 51 years -- and I've owned a pretty wide range of vehicles in those years.
Traded In: 06 S60R 6MT Sonicama Elevate Exhaust, Phmic, iPD Stg II,Custom DP w/race cat, EST Ultra Flow Intake, Elevate Sways, SNABB Intake Pipe, SS DEM mod, BT, NAV, Miv w/X1
2019 XC40 T5 Inscription: Denim Blue/Blond
Wheels: 20" 5 Spoke Diamond Cut
Packages: Premium, Vision, Heated Seats & Steering Wheel
Options: Premium Sound, Polestar Tune
“Harsh” weather? Hey wait a sec. He lives in Boston. I live in Connecticut. The weather here in New England ain’t that bad. Is that what Hawaiians think of our weather? We have four beautiful seasons. The way the world was meant to be! Snow, rain, hot, humidity....we got it all baby! Anything other than that is a freak of nature. Power to the people. Can I get an Amen?!
My driver’s seat heater has crapped out. Really annoying now that it is getting chilly.
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Tailgate will not close. I push the close button and it goes down about half way and goes back up. There is nothing in the back to obstruct the closing. The tailgate has to be manually pushed down to close, and it seems like I am working against something when manually closing. I will schedule service.
Hey there, I'm living in Germany and am currently driving a XC40 D4 AWD Inscription nearly fully loaded.
Mileage is about 29000 km, it's about 7 months old.
This afternoon all of a sudden this message pops up - Front wipers not working (sorry, don't know what the car says in English since mine speaks German). Switching the car off & on again didn't help. So I had to drive about 10 km through pouring rain to my dealer. On my way there was another message saying the rain sensor is gone too.
Now I'm sitting here, driving a V60 instead and waiting for a diagnosis.
Happy this did not happen in the early morning during my drive from home to work on the Autobahn - it was raining cats and dogs then.
The climate system has decided to malfunction. I'm only getting airflow through the far left and right air vents. Regardless of settings, no airflow coming through the centre vents, floor vents, windshield defrost vents, or passenger vents. My feet were cold on the way home from work in this -15C weather!
The driver's side mirror camera on my 360 view went dark and the mirror refused to retract. A quick "cold boot" lock and unlock seemed to sort the problem out.
AWD D4 R Design Fully loaded UK First Edition Model XC40 Crystal White. Long Term Ownership.
Today while vacuuming the car, saw some white fuzzy clumps under the front passenger seat of my 2019 XC40 RDesign. Upon further inspection found a pool of water under the carpet under the seat. I know no one spilled anything, it's just water. I sponged out nearly a gallon of water but no sure got all of it without removing the entire carpet, maybe even the seat. Anyone have this problem before? Where's the water coming from? My guess it's from the A/C system and it's accumulated under the seat.
I'm right there with you. I have 14K miles and have had the following go wrong:
- Burned out headlight module. To replace they had to remove the front bumper and nicked up the paint in several places. (That was at 2 weeks ownership and 500 miles)
- Center dash speaker rattled from day one. Replacement took several weeks to find part and they scratched up the dash replacing it.
- Broken tailgate handle
- Vibration at speeds above 60 MPH. Road force tire rotation did not fix, then they replaced 1 tire which still did not fix. Learning to just live with it.
- Weird steering issue at highway speeds where sometimes steering seems to "hang" when getting out of a corner and won't self center. They can't reproduce it.
- Warped front rotors (replaced on my own so I didn't have to deal with dealer)
- Brake Failure light (dealer can't reproduce it.)
- Random reboots of the Sensus system (dealer can't reproduce it.)
And every time I go to the dealer for these issues they either can't reproduce or parts are not in stock and they have to order them.
Did the brake failure light happen after replacing the front rotors?
2019 XC40 T4 FWD, Momentum with Premium and Vision Package - Hers
2013 C30 Polestar #141/250, Mototech exhaust, Volvo Skid Plate, RacingBeat RSB, - Sold
1997 Volvo 850 N/A with 240k, 1 owner, SOLD 2017
2000 C70 Convertible 5sp HPT, SOLD 2011
Jusr regarding the vibration, can you check if your axle bolts are loose? Here is how to check:
Start with front only.
1- Open the center cap on the wheel. Flat screwdriver will work but use cloth to not scratch the wheels
2- Bring 13mm socket.
3- check if the bolt was loose by tighten it not more than 30 degress. If it was loose, don't tighten it.
4- You will need to buy new bolt 10.9 grade because the OEM one is very weak may break if you tighten it again.
I did this on my S90 and both front axle bolts were loose. It caused the car to vibrate. I will buy better bolts in these two days.
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New(er) owner reporting in. Found this thread searching for brake problems since I've noticed some decent grooves being cut into the rear rotors and upon closer inspection found the brake wear pretty alarming.
This isn't the first make I've seen with some biasing toward the rear brakes causing them to wear faster than the fronts. This is the first time I've seen rear brakes that will be shot in about 20k. No automatic cruise control usage by me as I've seen people blame that. I'll approach the dealer for some compensation come time but if they balk that will be the last Volvo pads and rotors that get used unless there is some significant upgrade done in the future. No way i'm paying ~$500 for new brakes with every third oil change.
Some other little issues I noticed was that the start-stop was pretty poor with a jerk during take off. It was annoying enough that I made it a habit to disable it most every trip. A software update last year either disabled it by default or added a memory to the option which is fine by me.
The automatic folding mirrors freeze in place pretty regularly every winter so I disabled that too.
I've noticed I can get the touch screen software to crash every 30 seconds or so seemingly by keeping the key fob in the floor rest of the passenger seat. Kind of bizarre.
Lastly I've noticed the rear passenger door appears to be retaining water within the door seam. The dealer claimed they couldn't reproduce the issue but after every decent rain fall opening that door releases about a cup of water. I'm sure that will rot out nicely after some more New England winters.
I took delivery of my new 2020 T5 XC40 about a week ago.
So far, there was an issue with the turbo, which put it into turtle mode/limp mode. Had to return and have that diagnosed and fixed.
Now, my air conditioning is no longer working. It cycles between blowing un-cooled air, and slightly cool air, and not the COLD air that it briefly did for about a day or two. Just in time for the heatwave. :|
2020 XC40 R Design T5 Polestar, bursting blue, July 2019
2015 V60 T5, crystal pearl, platinum/tech/BLIS, July 2015
2012 XC60 R Design, electric silver, off-black, platinum/climate/tech/BLIS, OSD in Nov 2011
2004 XC90 2.5T, silver, OSD in Oct 2003
I just noticed I have the sunroof bulge as well... ugh. For those who have had it, what was done and is there a TSB for it?
2019 XC40 RD P* & 2013 XC60 T6 P* / 2011 S60 T6 (Traded In)