Report: Hard shifting from transmission and other issues
Volvo C70 Problem
Average Mileage: 135,714 mi (120,000 mi - 170,000 mi)
Several complaints have been reported regarding Volvo C70 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
I was experiencing the long shift times from 2-3 gear. I researched and discovered that this model transmision has this known problem and most likely if you have not experienced the problem yet, you will at some point. I did discover that there is a fix for it. apparently the bands get in a bind and one does not release. I found a pdf file that explained 2 procedures, one by removing the trans and one without removing it. the transmission shop replaced my trans and it worked perfectly, until the 2-3 slip occured in this one as well. I have not been able to get the car back to them yet to try the fixes.
Visitor, 2000 Volvo C70, 135,000 mi
I wrote a post last year when the same happened to me.
My Volvo c70 had hard transmission problems, around 120,000 miles.
After considering replacing the transmission, a guy suggested me to change the transmission fluid.
It was not sure it would fix the problem but for maybe $300 it was worth trying.
I did try and it worked! not any transmission problem since that time
Visitor, 2001 Volvo C70, 120,000 mi
hard shifting when tramsmission warms up
Visitor, 2002 Volvo C70, 130,000 mi
getting worse now. hoping doesn't need complete replacement.
I took it to the volvo dealer where they told me my "check engine" light was one because of the Airflow meter censor and the ETM system to be upgrated. Some cleaning had to be done too.
When I took it to another place (more affordable), they told me that my transmission actually has to be replaced... Can you send me the PDF? Maybe there is another option than replacing the transmission...