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Volvo V70 XC Erratic Shifting or Loss of Transmission Operation

Volvo V70 XC Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Drive Trains Affected: AWD, FWD

Average Mileage: 123,016 mi (16,389 mi - 310,000 mi)


Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo Cross Country 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 address this issue. If available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs to be reset. A good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.

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:

  •  Rookie

    when I shift to drive there is a lull then a kind of thunk before it starts to move.

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  • juanga, , AWD, 102,000 mi

    doesnt happen in reverse, only when I shift from reverse to drive.

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  • Visitor, , AWD, 150,000 mi

    I noticed that going into 2nd gear was a little off, but not all of the time? I took it to a volvo repair shop and they told me that I need a new transmission? I have always changed the transmission fluid every 30,000 miles and now after leaving the shop, my volvo shifts really hard in every gear, everytime?

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  • wammer4556, , AWD, 94,000 mi

    Love this car but the transmission was replaced under warranty after five years and now its starting to show the same symptoms as before such as hard downshifts into 2nd and long upshifts into 3rd

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  • Visitor, , AWD, 182,000 mi

    Sometimes it woorks smooth and other time it makes
    Change to hard, I did'n fixe it

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  • Visitor, , AWD, 96,000 mi

    My transmission feels really jumpy during acceleration between 30-40mph, sometimes the RPMs go above 4000rpm while the transmission is sticking, and then something slams into gear and it makes this loud thump noise when that happens. When I took it into the shop, they changed the fluid in the transmission and cleared out the error codes but said that the transmission should eventually be replaced. I cannot afford to get this problem fixed.

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  • Visitor, , AWD, 80,000 mi

    check engine light and Transmission service prompt lit. Many attempts at repair - No solution.

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  • volvo123, , AWD, 174,000 mi

    Hard, erratic shifting and slow shifting that causes car to lunge forward.

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  • Visitor, , FWD, 95,000 mi

    Trans. failure

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  • Visitor, , AWD, 90,000 mi

    my transmission started slipping about 10,000 miles ago. I had the transmission fluid changed and it is not as bad but still does it once in a while. I have taken it in twice to my local shop- not volvo specific- and they have told me they cannot ind what is wrong. I took it to another local shop and same story. I will try for a volvo shop and bring in this report.

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