47Volvo XC90

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Arun B.
Arun B. · XC90

How many kilometers can a Volvo XC90 hybrid T8 car give on a full charge? And does this car have power regeneration to batteries upon braking?

luke genuine reviews
luke genuine reviews  

~30km electric only. Also has Regenerative breaking and working well. Eg Toyota kluger hybrid / rav 4 hybrid. But shopping and school runs are all done on Solar power. Avg 6.2l/100km over last 10k with big trips (not so good fuel economy on highway, fully load loaded). If not carrying 5 kids in the city and much longer runs / D5 probs better. Also Long term reliability -may be better off with kluger hydrid but my xc90 T8 second hand was 50k and well ahead of its time for 2016

MCG
MCG · XC90

Fuel consumption
Rego cost Tasmania

Cate L.
Cate L. · XC90

How do massage passenger seats work in volvo xc90 3 2 awd executive

Rob
Rob · XC90

Thinking of buying a 2011 Volvo XC90 with 85000 kilometres Being 9 years old just a little worried around reliability and that I am not buying trouble . I love the car it suits exactly what I need as in a second hand car .

Dan S.
Dan S.  

Well mine had to 135000km when I bought it a year ago and it's been totally fine, got 152000km now, if it's had its usual services its fine, make sure the automatic transmission has been flushed, thats the main concern

Rob
Rob  

Dan thanks for responding to my question and the advice on the transmission . How have you found the service and running cost on your .

Badrinarayanan
Badrinarayanan · XC90

How reliable volvo XC90? My maximum run would be less than 1,00,000 in next 7 years. is it safe to buy a 2015 T6 Inscription with less than 40K kms run for $58K? Other option 2018 T6 Inscription model for $81K. If not final option Mazda CX9 new model. Please advise

Ross M.
Ross M.  

Its a terrific vehicle in many ways but the electronics do give trouble. Ive had issues with the fuel management system, indicators, dash display and HUD. Not good for a vehicle that cost so much. Hope this assists

Badrinarayanan
Badrinarayanan  

Thanks, it helps

Gagandeep S.
Gagandeep S. · XC90

I want to buy xc90 but I been informed by my friend that it’s not a long drive car and not good as Audi Q7 . If any one can suggest me

thymosky
thymosky  

Not True! What does he mean by not a long drive car??
I have a diesel engine, better fuel economy for long drives than Audi Q7. I got my volvo Jan, 2017,
I live in Tamworth, I have done 5 road trips, x2 s7hrs drive to Brisbane/Goldcoast and x3 5hr drives to Sydney.
My Friend who lives in Melbourne visited me last yr, drove my Xc90 with amazement at the quality of drive ( I also test drove his Q7 before I got my Volvo). I think they are both great cars but I prefer Volvo mainly for the scintillating interior and the fuel economy as I do fair bit of road trips.
Go test drive both cars and go with your choice!

Dan S.
Dan S.  

True true, your friend obviously doesn't own or has never owned a Volvo, they are a luxury suv, mine had heated seats, air conditioning seats and full back MASSAGING FRONT SEATS,, best value money European suv you'll ever buy second hand, make sure transmission has been serviced and flushed though

Gagandeep S.
Gagandeep S.  

Thanks Dan

Gagandeep S.
Gagandeep S.  

Thanks thymosky

Steve
Steve · XC90

We have a 2018 XC90 R Design Turbo Diesel. It as done 17,000 Kms predominately school and shop runs.The brakes are grinding and the Volvo service centre said it could be the pads need replacing as they are soft pads on the XC90. Is this a gee up? I own an Audi SQ5 and only now need brakes after 70,000kms.

Neil
Neil  

Hi Steve,
First off, I'm an owner of an older XC90. I don't work for Volvo or any other motor vehicle related industry but 30000 k is about the time the XC90 will needs pads and rotors. For some reason Volvo like very soft brakes. At 17000 K of short trips you're getting towards brake repair time (because you use the brakes more with start stop driving than on an Intercity freeway). Don't forget it's around 2.7 tonne you're stopping. Anyway, without seeing the vehicle, I'd GUESS it's probably true that you need some brake work done. Having said that, I have aftermarket pads and rotors installed and they have lots of life left after 50000+ kilometres of mostly short trips to work. Hope this helps a bit.

Steve
Steve  

Thanks Neil. No doubt I will hear from the dealer sometime today confirming pads and rotors need replacing. I won't be getting the dealer to do it and will go with an after market option. The 2nd issue we have had since day 1 is the number of software updates required due to ongoing system errors relating to all of the safety features the car has. Its almost beta testing which I find extremely unacceptable.

Naz
Naz · XC90 Mk.II

Can I take my 2018 Volvo XC90 on the soft sand four wheel driving?

Dan S.
Dan S. · XC90 Mk.I (2003-2014)

I'm thinking of buying a later xc90 saying 2009 to 2011 model, which is the better motor out of the D5 engine or the 3.2 ltr motor (love the 4.4 v8 too but really hard to find) doing a lot of round town drop off's/pickups

Arno
Arno  

Hi Dan,

This would depend on whether you are a diesel or petrol fan, I guess. I prefer diesel personally. Can’t kill them! I’d go for the later models = less klms.

Good luck with the search!

Pam
Pam · XC90 Mk.I (2003-2014)

Hi the Volvo XC90 , how much should you look at paying for one? Are they a good car and nice to drive? Never had a Volvo before. Bmw Toyota Audi

Arno
Arno  

Hi Pam,

Costs depend on what year you’re after. Check out Redbook.

They are a lovely car to drive. Very comfortable, safe and a great family car. I can’t fault them.

Doreen Sexton
Doreen Sexton · XC90

Could you tell me please if a Volvo 2003 cx90 all wheel drive with 3.9 turbo motor has a diff lock ? Thanking you in advance

Harry FoodTech
Harry FoodTech  

Sorry, I don't know.

Rowan Kippen
Rowan Kippen  

Hi Doreen, the answer is yes. My 2004 T6 2.9T has full-time 4 wheel drive, which means that your car is driving all 4 wheels all the time. Thanks

Doreen Sexton
Doreen Sexton  

Thank you so much . cheers Doreen

Arno
Arno  

No, the XC90 is a front wheel drive with no diff lock. That’s something only found on “proper” 4WDs.

AGRADEMECHANIC
AGRADEMECHANIC  

We purchased a demo 2001 Toyota Prado VZJ95R V6 3.4L Auto when it was 3 months old.........in 17 years it hasn't so much as blown a fuse or had any other fault due to any stupid faults that are common in so many present day AWD. Yes it has 4 wheel Disc ABS, Traction Control, Stability Control, Air Bags, Side Impact protection, all the bells and whistles, and still drives like new. We expect 7 kms per litre for such a solid vehicle built with a CHASSIS. It sees and loves the snow at Hotham around 28 days per year and tows 3 tons of firewood effortlessly. I coulnt get over how it refused to lose control in the snow even when I forced the wheel sharply ! Amazing ! The engiine oil & filter is changed without fail every 7500kms, Transmission Oil every 60,000 kms, all 4 Filters exactly as per Severe Service Schedule, both diff oils every 60,000kms, Fuel Injector Cleaner added to both tanks every 10,000kms , Coolant change every 80,000kms. Paint still looks brand new ! ................... not a single minute of a "let down" or failure ........ so what are people thinking when they trade in a car like this ?????? ........... is it ego, or keeping up with the Jones's, too much money, or what ??????

David Wong
David Wong · XC90

hi i am looking at buying a xc90 2009 3.2L with 125,000 on the clock.

should I buy?

Harry FoodTech
Harry FoodTech  

Sorry, don't know the 3.2 L motor (Only had the 2.4L D and 2.5T petrol) but based on what I know now I would say no. I'd go find a later model with lower kms.

Ayn
Ayn  

We are driving around Australia now, towing a Jayco Swan Outback.

The Volvo XC90 2015 has been a DREAM.

As one Outback guy said as we were having lunch, not knowing we were the owners ' look at that. You can't beat a European diesel.'

SharksAreCircling
SharksAreCircling  

Should you buy it ?.

That's your decision.

As for the car itself, the XC90 is one of the best SUV's on the road and definitely the safest.

The 6 cylinder model (yours) has one weakness and that's the auto transmission.

When buying this model, make sure the services and log book are all up to date otherwise a $7000 repair bill is not uncommon.

An 09 with low km should have a pre-purchase inspection ($220 approx.) and worth every penny !.

Dann
Dann  

SharksAreCircling is incorrect. It was only the 2.9L six cylinder with the GM automatic transmisison that gave trouble.

The 3.2 six cylinder was fitted with an Aisin-sourced transmission which was more reliable.

Fair Go
Fair Go · XC90 Mk.I (2003-2014)

Hi All. I recently purchased an 06 XC90 2.5L for a very good price, although it does have high km's. Recently when starting the engine, it ticks like a bomb, then becomes silent after about 3 minutes. Does anyone know what it may be. Thank you.

SharksAreCircling
SharksAreCircling  

In the 5 cylinder turbo engine, the lifters can become stuck/sticky if you're up around 220-250k. Next oil change (make it soon) add a bottle of Nulon "Lifter Free" and after about 3000km's you will notice a substantial reduction in the ticking noise.

Sometimes, Nulon won't work and that's due to poor maintenance/oil changes over the life of the car.

A reco engine is around $5500, so it's always worth trying a few oil additives first.

Fair Go
Fair Go  

Thank you.

snuffler
snuffler · XC90 Mk.I (2003-2014)

costs to repair volvo XC90 2006 MY06 2.5L petrol

No Oil Pressure- Do not Drive Vehicle Warning light on dash illuminated

Warning Symbol on dash re anti skid system service required

sounds intence but no idea of costs to repair, any like quotes to repair, or should i just walk away

I M Walking
I M Walking  

I had the XC90 V8 and it was truly a shrine to engineering design garbage.

In fairness to the engineering team that put your car together, I wouldn't know what your machine is really like. No experience with your Volvo model... thankfully.

Remembering these are two different cars...don't spend another cent on the thing.

Get rid of it and buy a Merc, Lexus, Audi, Roller skates, Sneakers.

Good luck

Far
Far  

Hi, not sure if you have fixed your car yet or not, that light comes up if you have bad oil pump, no oil and just bad sensor/connector.
If you have a good service history of your car, check and see how often oil was changed, if it's been changed regularly every 9 to 10km, it is unlikely that is oil pump as oil pump goes bad if car been driven for a long period of time without oil change.
That is a very important light in your dash so take it seriously.
Check the engine oil level and if you unsure, tow it to your trustfully local mechanic, if it has enough oil, it may be just a bad sensor, if your oil pump goes bad, you will lose engine power so you would notice.
I had V8 engine as well and as the other person said, two different engine but i personally drive a car for the joy it gives me, so excuse me if I hate Japanese cars.
If you are in Brisbane, send me a message and I can run a diagnostic test on your car to see if there is any hidden codes/problems.

SharksAreCircling
SharksAreCircling  

What have you done with the car since June

snuffler
snuffler  

I walked

SharksAreCircling
SharksAreCircling  

Did you sell the car or is it rusting in the backyard somewhere

tuano
tuano · XC90 Mk.I (2003-2014)

Thinking of buying 2009 xc90 V8 R-Design 70000km's

Any major faults I need to be aware of? I do not know Volvos that well.

This will be my first.

I M Walking
I M Walking  

In all fairness I can only comment on the 2007 Volvo XC 90 Executive. My comments were posted as a result of my dreadful experience with that car.

I'm sold on reliability and safety. I'm buying a Toyota Kluger.

Good luck!

mjdessens
mjdessens  

Our car is the 2013 model, so not sure about the earlier years. We have been driving it for 2 years, mainly on country roads. It handles beautifully and has a good fuel economy. The specs say 8.8 l/100km, ours comes out at about 8.6, so I'm pleased with that.

We have also owned a couple of XC70's. Both designs have a very poor turning circle, but you get used to it.

Another thing we have found is that activating the cruise control seems to have a problem after a while. It has happened to both our XC70's.

The XC90 has done over 80,000 kms and it has now developed a problem with the cruise control ... about 10% of the time it just won't activate.

The main frustration I have with the XC90 occurred when we went on a caravan holiday. The 19" rims meant that the tyre walls are too narrow. The emergency spare wheel is a total nonsense when towing. WE are going to convert over to 17"rims and get a full sized spare to carry when we go on holidays.

I would recommend the XC90 as a comfortable, safe family car, but I don't recommend it for a caravanning holiday.

PhilSmyrk
PhilSmyrk  

Not sure if this is still relevant for you Tuano, but earlier this year I picked up from a single lady owner in Sydney a 2009 V8 sport with 90,000 k's on the clock and so far it's been a breeze. On the drive back from Sydney to Brisbane I was averaging 8.2 litres per 100k's which was as good as my earlier 2000 Volvo V70 T5 used to do (which had the 3 litre turbo engine) of course around town that rises to around 12 litres per 100 k's but if you are a "driver" and like a good responsive engine, then the Yamaha V8 has it. I have one issue which will need sorting soon and thats the starter motor is going, sounds like you have a flat battery when cranking but it's a failing starter, apparently a common problem with these after about 100,000k's and some of the bushes need replacing in the steering too. If you are prepared to do a lot of your own work in servicing and repairs, which I do, it will save you quids, failing that, find a good local garage that specialise in Volvo, if you go to a authorised Volvo garage be prepared to pay twice as much for parts and work done. I get any spare parts I need from US suppliers, half the price and genuine Volvo.

LJV
LJV  

search "transmission problems CX90" and ask your dealer to tell you about potential problems with transmission. Our after sales experience with Volvo (not the dealer) has been dreadful, thus far.

tuano
tuano  

thanks guys for all your sound advice! I bought the car & love it expecially the yamaha v8 we are lucky these days you get so much car for your money buying used! In saying that These cars are so complicated it's intimidating but your advice has put me at ease so far so good I'm very pleased, fingers crossed big thanks!

mary
mary  

hello mj dessens, we have a similar situation with our 2011 xc90 and its 19" rims which do not provide suitable tyres for unsealed roads. How did you go with putting 17" rims on? thank you, mary

Brendan
Brendan · XC90

I'm thinking of buying an xc 90 2012 model with all the extras it's done 110000 klms. What problems should I be looking for?

I M Walking
I M Walking  

I can only objectively report on the thing I owned. 2007 XC90 Executive. The list of things to look out for were on my previous review. The list is vast and damning.

However.....

Before buying any Volvo remember this...Volvo was owned by Ford when my pile of garbage was made. Volvo is now owned by the Chinese.

I am now buying a Toyota Kluger. This is for reliability and safety.

Good luck.

mjdessens
mjdessens  

Our car is a 2013 Diesel and we have done over 80,000km. Todate we have had no major issues except for the cruise control. It has just started to have a problem with activating. I will see if it can be repaired. When we started getting this problem on our prior XC70's, we gave up getting it fixed after several attempts, so I'm not holding high hopes for the XC90.

As I mentioned in my original review, it handles well, but it was disappointing when we used it for towing a caravan;

It has a poor turning circle.

The 19" rims and narrow walled tyres that go with them are not suitable for outback Australia.

The emergency spare tyre is a joke.

We are converting over to 17" rims and will get a full sized spare for our future travels.

But aside from those complaints, I love the car, it is comfortable, feels safe and has a good fuel economy

Brendan
Brendan  

Thanks good advice

mary
mary  

hello mj dessens, we have a similar situation with our 2011 xc90 and its 19" rims which do not provide suitable tyres for unsealed roads. How did you go with putting 17" rims on? thank you, mary

Greg
Greg · XC90

I test drove a beautiful 2009 XC90 D5 Executive yesterday with very low km's on the clock with full intention to buy. Sadly I didn't buy it because the engine was incredibly noisy on acceleration (sounded like a light truck engine) and the car vibrated from the engine at idle whilst waiting at traffic lights. Is the engine noise and vibration normal or did I test drive a dud?

Duncan
Duncan  

Unfortunately thats the sound this diesel makes.Its a bit quitter once warmed up .In saying that its hard to comment on the vehicle you test drove.Best to have a diesel mechanic look at it before buying.Most diesels are a little noisy compared to petrol.

Rachandronnie
Rachandronnie · XC90

Can i tow my xc90 auto it's broken down but engine will run?

DREADNOUGHT
DREADNOUGHT  

I think you can if you keep engine running

Duncan
Duncan  

No! Only 50 km but u wouldn't ...

LESTER
LESTER · XC90

I am thinking of buying a 2007 Volvo XC-90 diesel 2.4DT. It's got 170,000 kms up. Looks in great nick, but I've never owned a diesel before. Pros and cons anyone?

DREADNOUGHT
DREADNOUGHT  

Do not buy one with GM trans don't know what year they changed

Denise Te Awa
Denise Te Awa · XC90

how do you open the petrol flap

Richardnosi
Richardnosi  

the external flap wil lock and unlock with the doors. ie, using your remote control, press unlock, and all 5 doors plus the petrol flap will unlock. then just use a finger to pry open the flap, and twist the cap off.

hope that helps

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