Report: Hard Shifting, Erratic Shifting and Other Transmission Issues
Volvo S70 Problem
Drive Trains Affected: AWD, FWD
Average Mileage: 133,833 mi (55,000 mi - 181,000 mi)
Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo S70 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 so 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
Visitor, 1999 Volvo S70, FWD, 181,000 mi
Arrow up light blinking for tranny. It is shifting normally but idiot stays on. Don' know code yet.
Visitor, 1999 Volvo S70, FWD, 125,000 mi
Hard to shift into gear, especially into reverse
Visitor, 2000 Volvo S70, FWD, 158,000 mi
hard shifing at second and third shifts. hard downshifts, high engine revs between shifts
only a problem in cold weather and with very strong accelleration
Visitor, 1999 Volvo S70
this is a big problem considering I drive 100 miles per day.