2005 Volvo XC90 Consumer Reviews

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2005 Volvo Xc 90
3.9
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Glad I got this over the Odyssey Touring :)

by from Naperville, IL on June 9, 2010

Bought this rig new. Decent performance with the T6, but I would absolutely have loved the growl of the V8. Rack up lots of miles (18k/year) due to my soccer mom nature of 4 children and trips to our ...
Bought this rig new. Decent performance with the T6, but I would absolutely have loved the growl of the V8. Rack up lots of miles (18k/year) due to my soccer mom nature of 4 children and trips to our home in Phoenix every summer and winter break. Awesome on highway, decent comfort, good enough mileage for our driving habits (21+/- mpg @ 80-90 mph). Around town, not as well as I only get about 16ish mpg, partially my fault again. One thing to look out for is the transmission failures on the T6 specifically. Replaced ours at 60k, now at 85k and so far no problems (God forbid). Very safe too. I got my Navigator about a year and a half ago and passed this down to the kids knowing that they'd be safe with this car. I've been in my fender benders as everyone has but the true test came when I got t-boned. My daughter and I were pampered in airbags and WALKED AWAY from the scene without a scratch. Son-of-a-gun in the Trans-Am...well, not so much. Volvo definitely lived up to it's reputation, let me tell you that much. The interior has good quality materials that stand the test of time, especially with children. Our children are all older than they were when we got the car (18, 16, 12, and 11...) so it's a lot harder to fit everyone. Third row isn't a bust but it definitely could use some restructuring as it is kind of low to the ground and there isn't much legroom. Then again, that's why I got a bigger replacement car. Overall, it would be a wise value used because the depreciation is so heavy. I can't imagine paying upwards of $40k again for this car. Just make sure that the transmission has been fixed or doesn't have issues (T6 only) and you should be good to go. Hope this helped!
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Fun, Capable, Family Tank

by from Raleigh, NC on September 11, 2011

If you are seeking a fun, capable, family, hauler which is well-thought out and very safety conscious (and you want to avoid a mini-van), look no further. The V8 pulls this sweede easily and it has pl...
If you are seeking a fun, capable, family, hauler which is well-thought out and very safety conscious (and you want to avoid a mini-van), look no further. The V8 pulls this sweede easily and it has plenty of creature comforts - music ports for the rear seat passengers, video in headrests, 7 seats, great ground clearance, good off road capability, roof rack, and above all, superb family safety. This is a vehicle which can quite literally take your family anywhere you will ever want or need to go, in safety, style and comfort. It does not have bluetooth, which is surprising in a vehicle which retailed for $52K new, but not a big deal.
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Nice Vehicle

by from Maine on January 28, 2011

Bought this car new after comparing Murano, Pilot, Toureg. This car gave me the most value for the money. I really loved the seating position although my wife thought that her legs had to cant off tow...
Bought this car new after comparing Murano, Pilot, Toureg. This car gave me the most value for the money. I really loved the seating position although my wife thought that her legs had to cant off toward the side while in the passenger seat. I used this car as a truck at times and I was never dissapointed, always hauling everything I needed. The only area of question is the gas mileage (17/23), I was hoping for better. I traded this vehicle in for a Prius when gas was $4/gallon and boy, do I miss my Volvo...'nuff said.
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Well worth it's weight in gold

by from MD on October 21, 2009

We've owned our XC90 for 3 yrs and are quite happy. It has NEVER broken down on us so we haven't had to pay for costly repairs. The tires/brakes are amazing and have helped in some close calls on the ...
We've owned our XC90 for 3 yrs and are quite happy. It has NEVER broken down on us so we haven't had to pay for costly repairs. The tires/brakes are amazing and have helped in some close calls on the highway. My family is very safe and secure in this vehicle. Plus, I love all the bells and whistles like the heated seats in the front and the rear seat radio inputs for the kids to use.
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Nice engine but unreliable with no dealer support

by from Upstate New York on January 15, 2008

I have owned the XC90 V8 2005 for 2+ years. I have to say that it has had a lot of quality control issues and the dealer acts like I am the only one with problems. I know better, as I know 2 other own...
I have owned the XC90 V8 2005 for 2+ years. I have to say that it has had a lot of quality control issues and the dealer acts like I am the only one with problems. I know better, as I know 2 other owners with similar problems. I do like the engine, and the gas mileage is actually pretty respectable. The resale is awful though, and I can't sell the vehicle for any more than auction price, which means I'm out 25K in 2 and a half years. I would look at BMW or Toyota for reliability. The tires only last about 8-10,000 miles and need to be replaced.
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Excellent Vehicle for Traveling and Comfort

by from Sacramento on June 14, 2007

We have had our XC90 V8 since mid 2005. It is fully loaded with Navigation system, AWD, parking sensors, third row seating (yes, it is a tight fit, really only for small adults and children), an impre...
We have had our XC90 V8 since mid 2005. It is fully loaded with Navigation system, AWD, parking sensors, third row seating (yes, it is a tight fit, really only for small adults and children), an impressive array of safety items (airbags, side curtains from front to back, Roll-Over Gyro stabilization)...everything but the DVD Video system. The 6 speed transmission is excellent as is the ability to manually shift the fully automatic (Geartronic) transmission. We now have over 32,000 miles on this vehicle and it is extremely reliable. For it's size we get great mileage (16-18 city (actual) and 22-23 highway (actual)). We have had no problems to date with the vehicle. Even the tires (although I am not a fan of Michelin) are still looking great. I am hoping that more tire companies start producing the 235-60-VR18 tires. The overall handling is excellent, whether it is dry or wet. We are extremely happy with this vehicle and highly recommend it to others (the V8 version that is, I can't speak for the other models). Just as a side note our friends purchased a Toyota Sequoia V8 and they are lucky to get 16 MPG on the highway. For my money it has the looks, the style, the acceleration, the comfort, the quality and gas mileage to make it a top performer. Yes, most people do have to get over the idea that it is a Volvo. But we have driven the "competition" and feel that the Volvo XC90 V8 is the best value for the money!
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Most Reliable Car I've Owned

by from NY on June 29, 2008

2005 XC90 is excellent in every way. The smoothest ride/drive I have ever had, nice & quiet. So comfortable for all of my family of 5. We have had no problems with it so far and would (and do) highly ...
2005 XC90 is excellent in every way. The smoothest ride/drive I have ever had, nice & quiet. So comfortable for all of my family of 5. We have had no problems with it so far and would (and do) highly recommend this car to a famly member or friend. EXCELLENT SUV! Most Reliable Car I've Owned!
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Most reliable car I've Owned

by from Fairfax, VA on March 6, 2007

2005 XC90 is excellent in every way. The smoothest ride/drive I have ever had, nice & quiet. So comfortable for all of my family of 5. We have had no problems with it so far and would (and do) high...
2005 XC90 is excellent in every way. The smoothest ride/drive I have ever had, nice & quiet. So comfortable for all of my family of 5. We have had no problems with it so far and would (and do) highly recommend this car to a famly member or friend. Very safe. I can't say enough!
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Great car

by from New Jersey on November 24, 2008

I love this car. It has been reliable, comfortable, and an overall good choice for my family. The speaker system on the DVD player is a bit insufficient to hear over road noise, but when used with hea...
I love this car. It has been reliable, comfortable, and an overall good choice for my family. The speaker system on the DVD player is a bit insufficient to hear over road noise, but when used with headphones there is no problem. That is the only weakness I have found with the car.
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Great car for the family & long trips

by from Roseville, CA on May 14, 2012

In March of 2012 my wife and I purchased a 2005 XC90 with 131,000 miles on it. This was my first experience with a Volvo vehicle, but my wife's third. It's an AWD with a turbo 6 cylinder engine. The g...
In March of 2012 my wife and I purchased a 2005 XC90 with 131,000 miles on it. This was my first experience with a Volvo vehicle, but my wife's third. It's an AWD with a turbo 6 cylinder engine. The gas mileage is respectable for such an engine, the performance is exciting, and the handling is like a sports car with a little extra weight on the top half. Within owning it a month I took it on a 340 mile round trip with my two school age children. We averaged 21mpg on the way down and drove about 10-15 over the posted speed, when permitted. We did encounter some heavy traffic which slowed us down to less than 20 for a few moments. Most of the travel was freeway and semi level roads. On the way back we had a significantly greater amount of slow and go traffic but still managed 20mpg with the A/C on the whole time. After the many hours sitting in this Volvo I found myself very comfortable, no leg, lower back, or upper back and arm discomfort. I did not even find myself having to adjust the seat or myself in the seat during this long same day trip. The leather seats proved very comfortable. My wife uses the SUV daily for her commuter and enjoys it a lot, unfortunately we see the low teens for mpg in her daily commuting. All in all the whole family loves the new addition. Thanks to the team at Volvo for making a fine SUV.
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