buying xc90 used car what to look for?

Discussion in 'Volvo XC90' started by Bluefox, Sep 23, 2006.

  1. Bluefox

    Bluefox Guest

    i would like to buy a used XC 90. Are there things that I should look at
    before buying such a car?
    Known problems?
    Bluefox, Sep 23, 2006
  2. They had their share of problems, especially the first year, the 2003
    model. And, as luck would have it, the ones with the most problems end
    up on the used car lots. So this is one model that is best purchased
    new if you want to avoid problems. If you buy used, I would insist on
    looking at the maintenance history. They are new enough so that if they
    received dealer service the dealer should have all records. I would
    also consider an service plant.

    It is the first vehicle to feature roll-stability control to help
    prevent rollovers. They have proven to be a very safe vehicle but
    reliability is not their strong suit. They have a very small chance of
    leaving you stranded, but have more than their share of nagging defects.

    They had some recalls:

    All models, Windshield wiper arm: Windshield wiper could be damaged by
    snow, causing wiper to fail.

    2005 Battery Installation: At factory, battery may have been improperly
    connected to starter motor, resulting in smoke, fire, loss of warning
    lamps and other electrical power, and inability to start vehicle.
    Stephen Henning, Sep 23, 2006
  3. Here is another recall:

    All models: Under high loads, outer tie-rod assembly could fail,
    causing loss of steering control.
    Stephen Henning, Sep 23, 2006
  4. Bluefox

    mdrawson Guest

    Something else to be aware of: Originally the XC90 came with the 5-cylinder
    turbo-charged engine (excellent!) and the 6-cylinder twin-turbo engine (not
    so good, in fact that engine has been discontinued as of '06). Now they
    have an 8-cylinder engine that is outstanding (at least mine is). Best to
    avoid the 6-cylinder version, or you may be stuck with an orphan.
    mdrawson, Sep 23, 2006
  5. Bluefox

    volvo480 Guest

    Don't forget the brand new 3.2 engine also a 6-cylinder 3.2 AWD (238 hp) !!!
    volvo480, Sep 23, 2006
  6. Bluefox

    Roadie Guest

    I believe the 6 cylinder engine was used in the T6 since inception. I
    would hardly think of that as being a one-of orphan model.
    Roadie, Sep 23, 2006
  7. Bluefox

    mdrawson Guest

    I believe that's a somewhat different engine than the discontuinued T6
    (which is what I as referring to), and it's only available in the '07 models
    which I imagine our correspondent isn't looking at if he's looking for a
    used unit.
    mdrawson, Sep 24, 2006
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