The Volvo XC90 has been a renowned luxury crossover-SUV since its inception in 2002, and while most units have helped carry on the brand’s legacy of producing reliable automobiles, there are some models that have exhibited common problems with specific Volvo parts. Here are some of the top concerns and causes for Volvo part replacement and repair faced by XC90 owners, specifically Volvo’s models released in recent years:
1. Emissions System Codes at High Elevation
Some drivers have complained about Volvo’s emissions system throwing a code while driving at elevations above 4,500 feet. Although some mechanics will quickly instruct you to replace the entire emissions system (about $4,000) — including parts of the exhaust system – this issue can usually be fixed by having the emissions system re-tuned for the elevation. Air is denser at lower altitudes, so the factory settings can sometimes cause false-positives at higher altitude. If the emissions system and/or other XC90 parts do in fact need to be replaced, it’s worthwhile to check if the vehicle’s warranty will cover the Volvo OEM parts that need to be replaced.
2. Automatic Braking Parts Malfunction
Several Volvo owners have complained about the brake parts’ automatic system malfunctioning at under 20,000 miles in the 2016 XC90. Last year’s model has received the most complaints out of any of Volvo’s XC90 models to date. So far, the 2009 and 2010 XC90s have been the most complaint-free of the entire line, with 2007’s model being the second-most problematic behind only the 2016, according to data from carcomplaints.com. This is one of the more serious problems encountered, as some drivers have reported the vehicle suddenly auto-braking even when there are no obstacles in the way.
Before buying this Volvo XC90 edition known for having problems with its brakes, it is best to understand what potential Volvo parts you may need to replace, if parts of your XC90’s automatic braking system fails.
Disc brakes are comprised of a disc or rotor, a caliper assembly, disc brake pads and the wheel bearings, along with all the hardware necessary to mount the brake parts on the vehicle.
Drum brakes are comprised of a drum & backing plate, a hub or axle assembly, brake shoes , wheel cylinder, wheel bearings, and again, all the hardware necessary to mount these brake parts.
Brake fluids. Check closely around the Volvo’s wheel-wells and chassis for brake fluid leaks or even dried residue where some fluids may have leaked out and dried. Sometimes a leak will fluctuate depending on the pressure in the brake system, so make sure to use the vehicle’s brakes before checking.
3. Interior Electronics: Central Screen Reboots By Itself
There have been a number of complaints about the XC90’s central interior screen suddenly rebooting itself for no apparent reason. It seems this might be attributable to a rare glitch in the computer parts, as it is often reported within the vehicle’s first 1000 miles and there is no data on reliable fixes or repair costs. Obviously, this problem with the interior’s electronics is a mere nuisance in comparison to the more serious problems mentioned above. However, some drivers have complained that other CPU issues also accompany this problem, such as the navigation suddenly stopping mid-route. Fortunately, if you’re having this issue you might be able to have the computer replaced free of charge using Volvo’s warranty. If that option isn’t available, there are plenty of affordable OEM Volvo replacement parts available online.
Keeping Up with Volvo Recalls and Parts Repairs Covered By Warranty
If your XC90 starts giving you any issues, the best course of action is always to see if the repairs will be covered by the factory warranty before opting to pay out of pocket. It’s also wise to check recent recalls related to your Volvo, as the issue could be part of a bigger problem that is currently being fixed by recall. For example, this year alone Volvo issued recalls for the S60, XC60 and V60. Last year some of Volvo’s XC90s were recalled to fix issues with interior parts such as air bag and seat belt assemblies. So if you haven’t yet taken your XC90 (or any model for that matter) in to have those parts repaired for free, it would be wise to do so to avoid any unnecessary safety risks. Not to mention, if something that’s been recalled does break before it’s fixed, Volvo will still only replace the actual parts that were recalled; leaving you to repair any other parts that got damaged as a result of the recalled one breaking.