The Volvo First Generation XC90, manufactured from 2002-present, is a mid-size SUV build on the P2 platform. Owners and critics alike have praised this impressive Swedish luxury crossover automobile, and, like other vehicles built by this manufacturer, it is applauded for its top-notch safety features, such as advanced Electronic Stability Control and Roll Stability Control. However, like any new make and model, this Swedish import has been known to demonstrate a few common problems, such as acceleration hesitation.
Some drivers have described the glitch as a hiccup-like sensation, and they report that it tends to be most noticeable when they drive on inclines. An obnoxious noise might, but does not always, accompany the malfunction. Many owners suspect transmission problems, but typically replacements do not resolve this issue.
In the event of such hesitation, make sure your SUV is set to “D,” not “W,” a setting appropriate for snowy or icy conditions, by checking the button next to the gear stick. If your luxury crossover is already in “D,” or this change does not resolve the issue, the problem might be a clogged Turbo Control Valve (TCV). Alternatively, the issue could be a leak in the vacuum or intercooler hoses.
If you suspect that your XC90 is in need of TCV replacement or hose repairs, contact a nearby independent import garage. These mechanics are not associated with the dealership, yet they are experts on your make and model, and they can offer cost-effective services and permanent solutions. Furthermore, they will be familiar with recalls, warranties, and other ways to save you money.
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