Erratic Shifting or Loss of Transmission Operation on Volvo S60

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:

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Average mileage: 114,638 (2,000–224,000)
Drive Trains affected: AWD, FWD, w/o AWD
8 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006, 2007, 2013
57 people reported this problem
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2005 Volvo S60 - AWD 79,000 mi,
Car starts but does not move in any gear.
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?
2001 Volvo S60 - AWD 106,000 mi,
Parked for 3 weeks, put the car in reverse and it just sits there, will not move.
2005 Volvo S60 - w/o AWD 95,128 mi,
Harsh shifting and does not shift into gear quickly, long shift in between.
2001 Volvo S60 - w/o AWD 96,000 mi,
Bought the car used from a dealership at 96k miles. Three months later, had to replace the entire transmission after spending hundreds trying to do small fixes. Shifting slipped while accelerating, causing the car to lurch and shake when trying to shift into higher gears. Terribly dangerous for someone driving on an LA freeway during rush hour. $5000 later, had a car I thought would last me another 100K miles... needed a new catalytic converter, new front axle, has temperature sensor issues, upper strut mounts are shot, needs repairs to the oil cooling line. Besides all that, general maintenance is EXPENSIVE. Went from paying around $30 for an oil change for my Jeep, to paying $80 for the Volvo. Only reason I keep it is because I can't afford to trade it in for $1400 and pay for a new car. It's safe on the road and fun to drive (when it's not having problems). Will never buy another Volvo.
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.
2002 Volvo S60 - w/o AWD 130,000 mi,
delay in shifting especially on start up in the morning
2013 Volvo S60 - AWD 2,000 mi,
Hesitation, erratic shifting, hard downshifts
2002 Volvo S60 172,000 mi,
when slowing down and than giving the car gas it rivs up befor going back in gear again
2004 Volvo S60 - AWD 156,000 mi,
After driving for a few miles, transmission shifts hard in lower gears.
2013 Volvo S60 31,000 mi,
Down shifting is very slow. Sometimes you even come to stop and the the transmission shifts.
2002 Volvo S60 - w/o AWD 126,500 mi,
Slipped slightly about a month ago. 4000 miles later I am waiting at a light and no more shifting! Had been fine to that point (waiting for tow truck now)!
2005 Volvo S60 - w/o AWD 120,000 mi,
hard shifts reverse and drive
2006 Volvo S60 - FWD 107,000 mi,
hard/harsh shifts, flares 1-2, 2-3 3-2, 2-1 Transmission shows code: 00F The Independent Volvo Shop said plan on spending a lot of diagnostic time which = $$. Took it to another Transmission Shop and is just guessing it needs new Valve Body and says they can't guarantee that will fix the problem. That alone, is a costly repair not knowing if it will fix the problem. This transmission AW55-50/51sn has a long track record reporting these problems. I find it hard to believe there isn't someone here in Phoenix with the means to properly diagnose the these problems. ???
2005 Volvo S60 - w/o AWD 110,000 mi,
when moving from stand still sometimes jerk forward,when driving on the road you can hear like its slipping , also when slowing down before stop sign the change is jerky and rough change.
2004 Volvo S60 - AWD 135,000 mi,
Hard shifting and loss of transmission operation. The jerks hard when shifting between gears and delayed shifting period
2002 Volvo S60 - w/o AWD 136,560 mi,
trans will not move the car after it sits the car moves
2002 Volvo S60 - w/o AWD 162,000 mi,
2nd gear hardshifts. Not bad yet, but wanna try and catch it before everything gets crazy.
2002 Volvo S60 - AWD 65,000 mi,
Car starts but not move. Sometimes I can not put it in gear without toying with it.
Hard shifting 1st to 2nd and it doesn't shift at all.