Report: Transmission Shifts Very Hard and Erratic
Volvo V70 Problem
Drive Train Affected: FWD
Average Mileage: 135,671 mi (80,000 mi - 213,400 mi)
There are several common complaints regarding Volvo V70 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation to name a few.
If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this. 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>>
Visitor, 2002 Volvo V70, FWD, 213,400 mi
transmission stopped working--no gears (automatic transmission) with engine running with absolutely no warning. Went from full speed to not moving in a split second! Had just cross 6 lanes of traffic on busy highway during rush hour traffic so came very close to huge & potentially fatal accident. No warning lights or sounds or anything. I had just backed up made a u turn and was back in drive and the car simply stopped moving and had not any power to go in any gear thought the engine was on and the lights were on. Terrifying! No prior indication of any transmission trouble. 2nd owner, bought from dealer where first owner bought & serviced the car and traded up. It had 211,400 miles on it when I bought it 7 months ago, only put 2,000 around town miles on it in 7 months, with minimal highway driving--at most 15 miles highway/30 miles round trip for a month. and 7 miles highway driving twice/week.
Visitor, 2000 Volvo V70, FWD, 107,000 mi
hard shifting and long hesitancy when shifting from reverse to drive.
Visitor, 2004 Volvo V70, 80,000 mi
The transmission shift between 2nd and 3rd gear is intermittently very hard--big "clunk" as it shifts. Seems to happen more when the car is warmed up. Of course, the mechanic drove it nearly 40 miles and it didn't act up at all. Stopped doing this for about five days afterward, and now it is beginning to "clunk" again. He said that it could be software, but most of the time finds that the transmission needs to be repaired. We've been discussion the cost/benefit of trying software first or waiting.
Visitor, 2000 Volvo V70, FWD, 124,000 mi
Automatic,shifts hard at times, loses power at times. No patterns when it does this...
it started a few years ago, downshifting hard when I coasted down hill from 3rd to 2nd maybe only once a week though. It has progressively gotten way worse over time. It happens several times a day now!!! Its always around 2nd gear but now it seems to be reluctant to shift smoothly into other gears as well.... I hate this car! everything is breaking on it... abs..locks...windows..hatch...its a nightmare! I just want to get rid of it so I havent taken it in to get it checked out because I fear they will tell me to replace the transmission! email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any solutions.
Visitor, 2002 Volvo V70, FWD, 126,000 mi
Just as the problem list states, erratic shifting, abrupt and very hard downshifts.
Visitor, 2000 Volvo V70, FWD, 80,000 mi
hard down shifting
Visitor, 2001 Volvo V70, FWD, 155,000 mi
Hard down shifting and lost of power. Not fix yet, needs to be check.
Visitor, 2003 Volvo V70, 120,000 mi
Transmission would shift very hard sometimes causing the wheels to spin,had to replace the transmission.
Visitor, 2001 Volvo V70, FWD, 121,000 mi
Transmission Service Required on display and Clutch Position Error on OBDII scanner, stop neutral function - rough shifting after 15 minutes or so