Volvo V70 XC Problem Report

Volvo V70 XC Erratic Shifting or Loss of Transmission Operation

(46 reports)

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:

when I shift to drive there is a lull then a kind of thunk before it starts to move. -
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 -
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. -
doesnt happen in reverse, only when I shift from reverse to drive. -
Seems like everyone with this car has this problem. I bought my volvo yesterday for 2500 and the guy told me that everything is working perfectly with the car. During the test rive we dodn't notice anything wrong, but today we just noticed that the tranny slips. While downshifting there is a sudden loss in power and then a violent lurch when it goes back into gear.. I Don't know if I should demand my money back or what. The car was sold to me under false pretenses, so if anything I should be able to get my money back right? -
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? -
Hard, erratic shifting and slow shifting that causes car to lunge forward. -
same problems as reported by others posting here. Will never by Volvo car again. -
Just recieved a Transmission needs service warning from the message center. Car was running perfect then wham! I get the warning. So I park the car and the next time I start it the tranny is slipping makes no sense whatsoever! -
2001 V70 XC - i am currently experiencing all of these problems are intermittently. Long shifting between gears, hard shifting, shift into drive there is a lull then a thunk, transmission service light on. My three Hondas are much more trouble free and reliable. -
Sometimes it woorks smooth and other time it makes Change to hard, I did'n fixe it -
check engine light and Transmission service prompt lit. Many attempts at repair - No solution. -
Trans. failure -
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. -
My problem arose after having an overdue transmission oil change. I think the biggest factor was that the shop flushed the transmission with the change and that caused major problems. The shop failed to take responsibility ofcourse, (not a volvo dealership, I have learned that lesson) and I had a new tranny put in for $4000 by the best volvo shop on the east coast, it runs beautifully now and hope to get another 4 - 6 years out of it -
No solution as of yet -
My volvo started doing this intermittingly I just brought it in to the repair shop and after replacing the turbo he told me my transmission is horrible. don't know what to do. -
would not shift into gear. had to replace transmission. put in a used transmission and it shifts great. -
my my transmission does not shift from from 2 and 3.The car slips really bad really bad. -
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