Volvo XC90 - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Volvo XC90 owners have reported a total of 1,374 problems for their cars built in the 16 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Volvo XC90. The 2004 Volvo XC90 cars have the most problems reported (623 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Volvo XC90

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 XC90
2
  2018 XC90
11
  2017 XC90
25
  2016 XC90
102
  2014 XC90
4
  2013 XC90
13
  2012 XC90
4
  2011 XC90
19
  2010 XC90
8
  2009 XC90
7
  2008 XC90
32
  2007 XC90
46
  2006 XC90
54
  2005 XC90
277
  2004 XC90
623
  2003 XC90
147

  Common problems of Volvo XC90

The following chart shows the 30 most common problems for Volvo XC90 cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (288 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (275 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Volvo XC90

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Volvo XC90 of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across XC90 model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Volvo XC90 model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across XC90 Model Years

XC90
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 1124,5101    
0.45
  2017 2524,0532    
0.52
  2016 10233,2253    
1.02
  2014 46,3905    
0.13
  2013 1314,1036    
0.15
  2012 45,3337    
0.11
  2011 1911,6988    
0.20
  2010 811,5529    
0.08
  2009 77,22810    
0.10
  2008 3230,64611    
0.09
  2007 4631,98012    
0.12
  2006 5434,01313    
0.12
  2005 27740,30014    
0.49
  2004 62353,18715    
0.78
  2003 14713,14516    
0.70

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Volvo XC90 is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2018 XC90
8
  2017 XC90
10
  2016 XC90
59
  2013 XC90
1
  2011 XC90
8
  2008 XC90
6
  2007 XC90
6
  2006 XC90
7
  2005 XC90
7
  2004 XC90
24
  2003 XC90
14


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