Report: Erratic Shifting or Loss of Transmission Operation
Volvo S60 Problem
Drive Trains Affected: AWD, w/o AWD
Average Mileage: 112,682 mi (10,000 mi - 150,000 mi)
Several complaints have been reported regarding Volvo S60 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.
If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may fix this issue. If available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made.
There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the automatic transmission diagnostic process.
Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals
Visitor, 2001 Volvo S60, w/o AWD, 133,000 mi
Harsh shifting and does not shift into gear quickly, long shift in between. there have been so many of these Volvo should eat the cost. Don't you think everyone?
Visitor, 2001 Volvo S60, AWD, 106,000 mi
Parked for 3 weeks, put the car in reverse and it just sits there, will not move.
delay in shifting especially on start up in the morning
Visitor, 2005 Volvo S60, AWD, 79,000 mi
Car starts but does not move in any gear.
Visitor, 2002 Volvo S60, AWD, 133,000 mi
thumping noise when passing to overdrive
Visitor, 2002 Volvo S60, AWD, 116,555 mi
harsh downshift after slowing car from 50 mph to 25 mph, then accelerating.
STARTED YESTERDAY. TOOK CAR TO DEALER. UPDATE AFTER THEY TELL ME WHAT IS WRONG. I HOPE THIS DIAGNOSTIC IS NOT TOO EXPENSIVE.
Visitor, 2001 Volvo S60, w/o AWD, 120,000 mi
Delayed harsh drive and reverse engagements. 2-3 Shift slippage. Failed valve body. Very common problem on 01-02 Volvo's. Cost to repair $4500. Rebuilt Volvo Transmission. Volvo are very aware of this problem, but don't except any help from them if your out warranty. Do yourself a favor and buy a BMW or Mercedes instead.