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      Reliability?

      We need a new vehicle and are looking at 2007-2011 XC90’s. We need to seat 7, and the XC90 seems to fit the bill. We are reading about reliability and curious about the experience of “real” people- does this thing really eat transmissions? Anything else we should know while we are shopping? Thanks!

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      It doesn't eat transmissions. That's the earlier T6 with the GM transmission.

      A lot of reliability of a 10 year old car depends on how it was taken care of. In general, I would say they are reliable.

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      Yep, just avoid the GM transmissions in the early models... they are pretty reliable and I see lots here with over 200k.
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      141,000 miles, only failure has been a bulb. It's always been cherished though and has never been anywhere other than a dealer.

      The 2007- generation used a different transmission to earlier cars, the 6 speed Geartronic, and they're as competitive as anything else for reliability. As mentioned above, the T6 is the exception - the length of the engine meant a physically smaller box was required to fit it in, and the GM unit they used can be problematic. The 6 speed Aisin Warner used in other models is fine.

      Try and find one that's been cared for, serviced at a dealer or a reputable specialist. They are big, complex old buses and the average Fred in a Shed independent isn't really where an expensive, complex vehicle should be going, and those cars are the ones liable to cause you problems.
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      Allegedly, the 2007 has potential valve body issues.
      also this: https://forums.swedespeed.com/showth...d-and-the-ugly
      Otherwise, the suspensions and especially the front suspension should be considered a "wear item".
      2004 XC90 2.5T FWD + 2006 XC90 2.5T

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      210k on my 2007 3.2 and still going strong with no leaks and no burning of oil (bought at 120k). Only real repair to date has been coil packs.

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      Is the 2005 T6 a GM transmission? What is the cut off date for an early model?

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      I'm very happy with my '09, and happier yet that I didn't buy an older one. All model lines have evolutionary improvements due to design enhancements and failure experience. I would be very comfortable buying a newer XC-90 with the same drivetrain I have now.
      Buy the newest model year with the least miles that you can afford.
      Remember that no automobile is designed to never need new parts from time to time.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Rukidding View Post
      Is the 2005 T6 a GM transmission? What is the cut off date for an early model?
      Yes, 2003, 2004, 2005 T6 is the GM trans.
      2004 XC90 2.5T FWD + 2006 XC90 2.5T

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      Quote Originally Posted by FatalXCept10n View Post
      We need a new vehicle and are looking at 2007-2011 XC90’s. We need to seat 7, and the XC90 seems to fit the bill. We are reading about reliability and curious about the experience of “real” people- does this thing really eat transmissions? Anything else we should know while we are shopping? Thanks!
      I'd strongly suggest getting a PPI from a decent Volvo indy before purchasing any vehicle. Look for a vehicle with a good service history, including periodic changes of fluids. XC90's are heavy and some of their front end suspension components are considered frequent "wear" items - e.g. lower control arms. The V8 is a superb engine and can easily handle 7-up. However, they often require valve cover gaskets at ~ 100k depending on age and how hard the vehicle is pushed and the rear one is a PITA to R&R. If you look after the car, it will look after you.
      2005 XC90 V8 AWD Currently 100k miles
      Silver / Oak, IPD Sways and Endlinks, Currently shod with 19" Vulcanis and Pirelli Scorpion Verde AS Plus II
      CB-shaft failure at 36k miles and Valve Body failure at 44k - thankful for 7yr-100k VIP extended warranty.
      Head-on collision at 49k miles - thankful for being in a Volvo.

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      150k mi, brakes three times, all four wheel bearings, sway bar links, lift gate struts, AOC pump, heater fan assembly, seat mouldings, idler pulleys, engine strut rod, compressor due to seized clutch bearing; these are the failure items I remember doing not counting what was done on warranty. The brakes seem to be lasting much better since the Volvo stuff has been changed out. There is an intermittent anti skid light when the wheel is cranked all the way to the right and more bearings to change in the belt drive system, and vacuum pump seals to change. All in all not that bad really but less reliable than other vehicles we have had.
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      We've been happy with our 2008 XC90 V8. Now at 147,000 miles. Do like the V8 power. Volvo and Indy maintained, except for the things I can do. Engine and drivetrain has been solid. Alternator, fuel pressure sensor and bushings replaced. Since the wife drives it mostly it's not been too bad on brakes and tires. She still loves it. Currently waiting for a new radiator fan to arrive since the current one stopped working. We'll probably be selling it soon since the kids are gone and it's bigger than we need.
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      Quote Originally Posted by vince1 View Post
      There is an intermittent anti skid light when the wheel is cranked all the way to the right...
      @ Vince1 - that may be the Steering Angle Sensor (aka clock spring) going out. Not too difficult to replace and FCP Euro gives lifetime warranty on parts.
      2005 XC90 V8 AWD Currently 100k miles
      Silver / Oak, IPD Sways and Endlinks, Currently shod with 19" Vulcanis and Pirelli Scorpion Verde AS Plus II
      CB-shaft failure at 36k miles and Valve Body failure at 44k - thankful for 7yr-100k VIP extended warranty.
      Head-on collision at 49k miles - thankful for being in a Volvo.

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