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: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals

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Average mileage: 111,179 (10,000–172,000)
Drive Trains affected: AWD, FWD, w/o AWD
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
35 people reported this problem
19 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?
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2005 Volvo S60- AWD79,000
Car starts but does not move in any gear.
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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.
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2001 Volvo S60- AWD106,000
Parked for 3 weeks, put the car in reverse and it just sits there, will not move.
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2002 Volvo S60- w/o AWD130,000
delay in shifting especially on start up in the morning
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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.
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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
2002 Volvo S60172,000
when slowing down and than giving the car gas it rivs up befor going back in gear again
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
2002 Volvo S60- w/o AWD120,000
Slow shift, usually between 2nd and 3rd
After driving approx. 55 miles and then stop in stop and go traffic the car shifts hard when pressing gas again. Volvo technicians are unable to pinpoint problem and after reading the internet it appears I have this same problem..."Erratic Shifting." I have a call into the Volvo dealer now to see if this will help them to correct my problem.
2005 Volvo S60- w/o AWD78,000
Hard shifting problem and was told by an auto repair shop that I need a new transmission.
2002 Volvo S60- w/o AWD50,000
hard shifting, slipping of gear
2001 Volvo S60- w/o AWD115,000
Slow shift and lights and stop signs, idles normal to low, low to normal, it even shut off by itself.
2002 Volvo S60- w/o AWD161,671
shafting hard and when running it said slow down and shaft up
2002 Volvo S60- AWD133,000
thumping noise when passing to overdrive
2002 Volvo S60- AWD116,555
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.
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