Volvo XC90 (2002 – 2015) At A Glance
There are a few excellent four-wheel drive cars, like the Subaru Legacy, that ride at normal car height and handle like a normal car. There are lots of jacked-up, Jeep-like 4x4s that carry their passengers half a metre higher, and cannot quite manage to defy gravitational forces on corners. And now there is the Volvo XC90, which is essentially a jacked-up estate car.
Volvo XC90 2002 Road Test
Volvo XC90 2006 Road Test
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How do I check if the car I want to buy is too expensive?
" I am interested in a Volvo XC90 D5 AWD 55 plate, how do I know if the price is too expensive?
You can get a free car valuation here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/how-much-is-my-car-worth/#pricing-macro
What are the cons of buying an imported car?
"I am considering buying a 2009 Volvo XC90 which has been imported from Singapore. What potential pitfalls should I be aware of? "
Sky high insurance, non-UK parts fitted to the car and a non-traceable service history. There are thousands of XC90s for sale in the UK, I wouldn't recommend buying one that's imported.
What should I pay attention to if I buy a high mileage car?
"I'm thinking of buying a high mileage Volvo XC90. Any tips of what to look out for?
Everything. The Volvo XC90 is a very large and complicated car. A high mileage example will need new brakes, clutch. tyres, DPF and timing belt sooner rather than later. Avoid all examples that do not have a full service history that traces the car's history all the way back to the original dealer.
All reported faults can be found here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volvo/xc90-2002
What's the best used SUV 4x4 for reliability and performance?
"I am looking to buy a reliable 4x4 as our Volvo XC90 keeps getting stuck in our field. I'm considering either a Land Cruiser or a Nissan Pathfinder - which do you recommend?"
My money would go on the Land Cruiser. It's unstoppable off-road and will last forever. I wouldn't be concerned about high mileage provided it's been regularly serviced. The Pathfinder has a few issues particularly with corrosion: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/nissan/pathfinder-2005/good/