Volvo XC90 2.4 D5 SE AWD Auto 5dr 7-str, 2004 (54), Crystal Green Metallic, 104k, £SOLD

Excellent condition throughout, great to drive.  Just serviced with cambelt replacement, warranty included, long MOT.  Comprehensive specification including All-Wheel-Drive, automatic transmission, cd-multichanger, seven leather seats, 18” alloys, climate control, parking sensors, integrated child booster seat etc plus options of Volvo roof bars, electric folding mirrors, and load cover.

In the details below, you’ll find full details of the specification, vehicle history, and a thoroughly detailed condition report.
Twenty large-format photos also below!

I’m a great fan of big Volvos… I’ve had several myself and have found them to provide an almost unbeatable combination of comfort, equipment, versatility and reliability.  It was an easy choice then to buy in an XC90 to meet the requirements of a long standing customer, and send it off on one of the world’s longest test-drives!!

OK – to put that into a bit more context!! Back last year, I was asked to look out for a full-size highly competent all-wheel-drive vehicle for friends-of-friends.  This would be the second time that I’ve helped out this English family – who now live in Australia.  The husband is a former ski-instructor, and periodically they come over from Australia for an extended break; they tour round visiting family and friends in the UK, then drive to Austria or Switzerland – in the depths of winter – for a couple of months of non-stop ski-ing.  Then they drive back to the UK, whiz round relatives again, and then fly home.  My role is to sell them a car for this Grand Tour, and then buy it back at the end of the trip, and offer it again for sale – hence why the XC90 is back with me.

On this occasion, the XC90 covered 3500 miles during their trip, touring round Europe.  It did so impeccably, and coped wonderfully with deep snow, freezing temperatures etc.  It cruised effortlessly and comfortably on the motorways, took all their possessions and equipment, and proved to be the ideal choice of vehicle for them.

In order to ensure that it was completely reliable during the trip, we completed a series of checks and maintenance, including replacement of the cambelt and a full service, and providing a year’s transferrable warranty.

This XC90 was first registered at the end of November 2004 to an engineering company in central London.  They kept it for three years (I guess a standard replacement cycle for a company car) before it transferred to a private individual living in Hemel Hempstead, at which point it had about 50,000 miles on the clock.  That owner kept it for the next nine years, before trading it in to a Kia garage, with just over 100,000 miles on it.  I then bought it from them, sold it to my customer for their European tour, and now it is for sale again.

This model is a great edition to buy.  It uses the acclaimed 5-cylinder, 163bhp turbo diesel engine – a deeply powerful and punchy engine as a result of the outstanding 340Nm torque – allied to the earlier 5-speed automatic transmission.  That is actually an advantage – before finding this example, I bought a later model with the 6-speed automatic transmission….only to find that the auto ‘box was faulty – and then to discover that faults on the later transmission are both commonplace and ruinously expensive to rectify – so I sold that car on through the trade and looked for an earlier example for my customer – which turned out to be this car, where the gearbox has behaved faultlessly.

The 163 bhp engine delivers swift, if not road-burning, acceleration – it does the 0-60 dash in about 12 secs and on to a top speed of about 115mph – but it cruises superbly, at low revs, and with great fuel economy for a car of this size and weight, returning over 30+ mpg (see below). On the road, it feels plenty fast enough, and although contemporary road tests suggested that the cornering and handling were outclassed by the rival BMW X5, that’s not my experience – I’d rather have the Volvo any day.


This example is finished in Crystal Green metallic, with a black leather interior.  It has a huge level of standard specification, beyond the permanent four-wheel-drive and “Geartronic” Tiptronic (manual override-able) automatic transmission.  This includes full black leather upholstery, seven seats, 6xcd-changer, 18” alloy wheels, electric driver’s seat, climate control, cruise control, ABS, roof rails, auto wipers, stability control, traction control, rear parking sensors etc – and then it has options of electric folding mirrors, Volvo roof bars to fit to the standard roof rails, and the optional load cover.

The interior is a lovely place to be – you sit high-up with a commanding view of the road ahead, nestled into a lovely soft leather armchair.  Meanwhile, your passengers equally have loads of room and comfort too – all six of them if necessary.  The rear-most seats fold completely away into the boot floor (see photos), leaving a huge boot, before you’ve folded the middle row too!

This car has a relatively low mileage of 104,000 miles from new, with an excellent service history throughout.  It has twelve service stamps in the service book, mostly at Volvo main agents, and has had the cambelt replaced twice – most recently in December when I sold the car first.  At that service, the front discs and pads were also replaced.  I also had a new MoT done then, so that has until December to run too.  That MoT noted a single advisory item – a slight crack in the windscreen which has since been replaced.  When the car came back from its “European Tour”, there was an unusual “whistling” noise under load, which was diagnosed to a slight leak on the Turbo intercooler, so that has also been replaced.

When I sold the car back in December, I took out a twelve-month Warranty Assist Gold warranty to support the car.  This is transferable, so the new owner will have the benefit of the remainder of that warranty.  This covers all major components, has the extra “add-on” of covering suspension components, and provides cover up to labour rates of £60 per hour and a repair contribution of £75.  It covers 50% of parts and labour costs, with a claim limit up to the value of the car.

The XC90 has been re-valeted, and Experian data checked (like HPI) and is clear.  There is an MoT history check showing how the mileage has built up (see below), evidencing the current mileage.  The pictures below illustrate that the XC90 is bright and shiny, and very presentable.  There are a few scratches to the paintwork – a couple on the bonnet and the tailgate, and there has been a minor bump to the nearside front wing which has been “paintless” repaired (see photo) and inevitably there are some light stone chips and touched-in wheel kerbing scratches to evidence its age and mileage.   This all sounds worse than it actually is – the car is smart, good looking, and, to use a trade term “sits well”.  The interior is in excellent condition.

This generation of XC90 was originally launched in 2002, and has become well established as one of the leading 4×4 vehicles on sale – for very good reasons.  .  Awarding it an excellent four stars out of five rating, Parker’s Car Guide comments:-
The Volvo XC90 was the firm’s first real off-roader and has proved extremely popular from its launch in 2002. It’s not hard to see why – it’s well equipped, comes with seven seats as standard and has an extremely comfortable cabin. It may not be as agile to drive as alternatives like the BMW X5, but the XC90 is strong in other areas – most notable its refined ride which makes it ideal for long motorway journeys. There’s a wide choice of engines available, but the best is the D5 diesel which offers a great blend of economy and punchy performance. Add in legendary Volvo safety and robust build quality and it’s easy to see what makes this such a good family car. All Volvo XC90s come with seven seats, arranged in a 2-3-2 format that means most owners tend to run it as a five seater with a simply huge boot. When you do need those extra seats, or fancy using it as a six seater where everyone gets a bit more elbow room, it’s a doddle to flip up the rear seats from their flat stowed position in the boot floor. The Volvo has cemented its place in the hearts of buyers, with many coming back for repeat orders. This is helped by Volvo’s good customer service and the XC90’s superb driving position and excellent dash layout.  The years have been kind to the XC90 and its soft-set suspension has proved popular with buyers who value comfort over outright handling ability. With a suspension and chassis designed for comfort, it’s no surprise that the XC90 is a superb long distance cruiser that soaks up uneven surfaces and potholes with ease. The Volvo excels in terms of refinement and low noise levels, while the strong brakes ensure good stopping performance. Like the rest of the XC90, the cabin exudes a robust and solid feel, there’s no question mark over the quality of the finish or the materials used. The driving position is good and visibility is excellent, although the size and bulk of the XC90 means parking can be a challenge – fortunately rear parking sensors come as standard on all models.  Quiet and smooth on the motorway, Volvo XC90 comfort levels mean it is ideal for family transport and this is helped further by the fact that all models come with seven seats as standard. Volvo is renowned for having the most comfortable seats around.  Wind and engine noise are low, although the diesels can be noisy under hard acceleration. Volvo XC90 running costs don’t have to be as bad as you’d think for a car of this size. The petrol engines are all thirsty as you’d expect, so the D5 is the engine to go for to keep running costs reasonable – it can average 34mpg. The XC90 holds its value well, although not as well as German alternatives such as the BMW X5 – that said, the XC90 is cheaper to start with and has more generous standard equipment levels. Volvo XC90 reliability shouldn’t cause much of a headache. The firm has built a reputation on the strength of its cars. The XC90 feels solidly built and the cabin is made of quality fabrics and plastics. It shares many parts with other cars in the Volvo family, which have been mechanically tough

On the road, the XC90 feels supremely confident and assured – stable, powerful and comfortable, with great handling and roadholding.  Given its size and weight, it also delivers outstanding fuel economy, with official figures of 31.0mpg combined, and an excellent 37.7mpg for the Extra Urban cycle.

Equipment and Features

> Finished in Crystal Green pearlescent paintwork, with black leather interior trim
> 2401cc 5-cylinder 20-valve commonrail turbodiesel engine, producing 163 bhp and 340 Nm torque
> 5-speed Geartronic Automatic transmission with tiptronic manual option and Winter setting
> Permanent all-wheel four-wheel drive
> Dual-zone climate control air conditioning
> Power Assisted Steering (PAS)
> Cruise control
> ABS (antilock braking system) with Electronic Brakeforce distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assistance (EBA)
> Dynamic Stability Traction Control and  Anti-Yaw control (AYC)
> Volvo SIPS Side Impact Protection System
> 18” 6xtwin spoke “Atlantis” alloy wheels with locking wheel nuts
> Volvo RDS Radio with Dolby Pro-logic and six-in-dash CD changer, with eight speakers, steering wheel remote controls, and anti-theft coding
> Electric front and rear windows
> Key-operated remote central locking, with two remote keys
> Tinted windows
> Rain sensing wipers
> Trip computer with functions for average speed, current fuel consumption, average fuel consumption and range to empty fuel tank
> Electrically heated, adjustable and power-folding door mirrors
> Seven seats, each fitted with 3-point seat belts
> Electrically adjustable driver’s seat, with height adjustment and manual lumbar adjustment
> Front passenger seat with height and lumbar adjustment
> Front seats with WHIPS whiplash protection system
> Two outer middle-row seats with ISOFIX seat mountings
> Integrated child booster seat to centre middle-row seat (see photos)
> Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
> Driver’s, Front Passenger’s, and side airbags
> Split rear-tailgate with lift-up rear window and fold down base
> Front and Rear fog lamps
> Heated rear window
> Rear wash/wipe system
> Immobiliser and Anti-theft alarm system

History and Documentation

> The current mileage is showing as 104,130 miles which is warranted as correct.
> The XC90 comes with its V5 registration document.  It was first registered 30th November 2004 and shows just three keepers from new.  The first registered keeper kept the car until November 2007, the second owner until December 2016, and the current registered keeper since then.
> The current MoT expires 14th December 2017.  It was issued 15th December 2016 at 100,595 miles.  An MoT history check shows previous MoTs completed at:-

12/11/2007;   49,860 miles
11/06/2009;   59,366 miles
21/06/2010;   65,730 miles
25/07/2011;    71,167 miles
20/04/2013;   80,400 miles
27/11/2014;   90,202 miles
11/11/2015;   96,605 miles
15/12/2016; 100,595 miles
> The car has been Experian Data Checked (similar to HPI), and the buyer will receive a copy of the report – which shows no problems.
> The car has a thorough service history, with records showing services at :-
5 miles; 04/11/2004 – Volvo Main Agent (pre-delivery inspection)
24,433 miles; 12/02/2006 – Volvo Main Agent
36,486 miles; 19/01/2007 – Volvo Main Agent
49,236 miles; 24/10/2007 – Volvo Main Agent
57,092 miles; 17/11/2008 – Volvo Main Agent
62,845 miles; 25/02/2010 – Volvo Main Agent
70,546 miles; 29/03/2011 – Volvo Main Agent
74,993 miles; 20/04/2012 – Volvo Main Agent
80,613 miles; 13/08/2013 – Volvo Main Agent
87,508 miles; 18/08/2014 – Independent garage
96,605 miles; 11/11/2015 – Independent garage
100,595 miles; 14/12/2016 – Independent garage (my mechanics)
> At the last service, the cambelt and water pump were replaced, and new front discs and pads were fitted.  There is a sticker under the bonnet indicating that this was also completed in April 2012 at 74,993 miles
> The owners handbook, service book, and book pack are all present.


> As you can see from the photos, the bodywork is in very good condition, and the paintwork remains bright and shiny
> There’s just a couple of scratches to the leading edge of the bonnet, and a couple to the tailgate.  There has been a minor bump to the nearside front wing, which has been “paintless” repaired, and which has left some minor misalignment between the wing and the bumper (see photos).  Other than that, there are just a few stone chips to evidence the age and mileage – but there’s nothing of any significance
> The interior is clean and tidy, with no damage


> The car has covered just over 104,000 miles.  It goes very well indeed – and runs, steers, stops and goes round corners even better than you might expect!
> All the interior warning lights come on and go off as they should.
> The alloy wheels have some minor kerbing scuffs which have been touched in
> The road tyres are all 235/60×18.  The front tyres are a pair of Pirelli Scorpions; the offside has between 3mm and 4mm of tread and the nearside has between 2mm and 3mm of tread – this will need replacing soon.  The rear tyres are a pair of Kumho Ecstsa, each with between 5mm and 6mm of tread.  The spare wheel is a space saver, fitted with a new Continental tyre with 3mm of tread.
> The tools, jack, wheelbrace and locking wheel nut keys are all present
The XC90 is an assured, competent and thoroughly desirable full-size 4×4.  This example is in excellent condition, proven over its recent tour of Europe.  It has been thoroughly mechanically checked and overhauled, including replacement of the cambelt, and is offered with the six-months balance of the warranty.  It is smart, well-presented, well-equipped and well-priced.  Fully valeted, recently serviced, and ready to go, it makes a compelling case for itself!

If you have any questions, please mail me or call me on 07917-234897.  Any inspection or accompanied test drive is welcomed by appointment.