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: 110,756 (2,000–172,000)
Drive Trains affected: AWD, FWD, w/o AWD
7 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006, 2013
46 people reported this problem
29 people shared problem details
2001 Volvo S60- w/o AWD133,000
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?
2005 Volvo S60- AWD79,000
Car starts but does not move in any gear.
2001 Volvo S60- AWD106,000
Parked for 3 weeks, put the car in reverse and it just sits there, will not move.
2001 Volvo S60- w/o AWD96,000
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 AWD120,000
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 AWD130,000
delay in shifting especially on start up in the morning
2002 Volvo S60172,000
when slowing down and than giving the car gas it rivs up befor going back in gear again
2002 Volvo S60- w/o AWD126,500
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)!
2013 Volvo S6031,000
Down shifting is very slow. Sometimes you even come to stop and the the transmission shifts.
2002 Volvo S60- AWD
Hard shifting 1st to 2nd and it doesn't shift at all.
slows down and loses speed, also when shifting to forward or reverse seems to get stuck.
2006 Volvo S60- AWD135,000
sometimes at start up the car shift hard. other times the car shift slow and hard during driving
2005 Volvo S60- w/o AWD95,128
Harsh shifting and does not shift into gear quickly, long shift in between.
2013 Volvo S60- AWD2,000
Hesitation, erratic shifting, hard downshifts
2001 Volvo S60- w/o AWD150,000
Intermittent harsh up or down shift at speeds below 40 m.p.h.
2002 Volvo S60- AWD171,107
doesnt shift in any gear
2005 Volvo S60- w/o AWD120,000
hard shifts reverse and drive
2006 Volvo S60- FWD107,000
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. ???
2004 Volvo S60- AWD135,000
Hard shifting and loss of transmission operation. The jerks hard when shifting between gears and delayed shifting period
2005 Volvo S60- w/o AWD85,000
Erratic shift typically only once at normal operating temperature, usually 1st to 2nd shift, unpredictable, sometime very hard up shift or downshift
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