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Volvo S70 Hard Shifting, Erratic Shifting and Other Transmission Issues

Volvo S70 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 1999, 2000

Drive Trains Affected: AWD, FWD

Average Mileage: 137,000 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:


  • Visitor, , FWD, 139,000 mi

    My car experiences hard shifting, especially when the car is warmed up.

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  • Visitor, , FWD, 125,000 mi

    Hard to shift into gear, especially into reverse

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  • Visitor, , FWD, 181,000 mi

    Arrow up light blinking for tranny. It is shifting normally but idiot stays on. Don' know code yet.

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  • Visitor, , FWD, 158,000 mi

    hard shifing at second and third shifts. hard downshifts, high engine revs between shifts

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  • Visitor, , FWD, 130,000 mi

    I don't know the drive train. Thought it was just front. 2000 S70. LOVE my car. But over the last year or two, it has been feeling slipping. Not sure why.

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  • Visitor, , FWD, 161,000 mi

    transmission hard or rough upshifts as well as bit of slippage from 2 to 3. it has been updated and regularly serviced.
    I have noticed that there is a rod which looks like a kick down cable for throttle pressure to the transmission- please let me know if this rod is adjustable?

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  • MikePierson, , FWD, 55,000 mi

    only a problem in cold weather and with very strong accelleration

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  • Visitor,

    this is a big problem considering I drive 100 miles per day.

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