Transmission Will Not Shift Properly on Volvo S80

Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo S80 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 so 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:

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Average mileage: 110,970 (100–201,000)
11 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
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2000 Volvo S80 56,000 mi,
I am having a problem with my transmission. I put the car on drive, I accelerate it, and it starts moving very but very slowly , then it gradually starts moving. I stop for the light and again I start to accelerate and now it does not want to move. Just sits there has if it is on neutral. I sent my vehicle to get the transmission overhauled, changed everything but the solenoids. I started driving it. It worked perfect for 15 to 30 min. Then it started to do the same problem again.
2008 Volvo S80 35,000 mi,
when coming to a stop or slow rolling stop, the car is sluggish downshifting into first gear and often the car is not in forst or second gear when I step on e gas causing it to harshly downshift into first causing a "kick" before it goes. Also,I quite often fell a kick or bump when the car does downshift into first gear when stopping. It often is sluggish or eratic upshifting. So far the dealer has updated the software, but that did not fix the problems, and they tell me this is all normal and pretty much act like I'm crazy and there is nothing wrong with the car. Sorry, I've been driving automatic and stick shifts for 48 years...this is Not normal.
2001 Volvo S80 122,000 mi,
Transmission went out completely in Automatic mode. I could still shift manually. Bought a $10 OBD II diagnostic tool to read the codes - Solenoid B issue. I reset the codes and the problem went away. Best tool I ever bought! Saved myself a $4k transmission repair.
Gear shift will often get stuck in park and will not budge into other gears.
2004 Volvo S80 159,000 mi,
Transmission death code (Transmission service urgent) went on. Upgraded software. came back 1 week later.
Long shift time between 2 and 3 and I get very hard shifting when trying to slow down
2003 Volvo S80 13,200 mi,
Started by what seemed like confusion between 2nd and 3rd gear car seemed like it was going back and forth between gears. Then would go into limp mode. Now car wont shift into upper gears 1st and reverse all that work. S80 T6 automatic 2003 dealer wants 6000 for repair volvo should assist not gouge if they want repeat customers.
2000 Volvo S80 123,654 mi,
Put car in gear rolls for about half of a mile then no power to gear as if transmission issue, shut down car start up car again same problem car goes for about half mile then no power to gear throttle and Rpm's responsive just no gear auto or manual
2000 Volvo S80 117,000 mi,
Shifts fine under hard acceleration, putting around town, it doesn't like to stay in 3rd.
the transmission has failed totally.Only the Park, Reverse and neutral Gears are functional
1999 Volvo S80 179,000 mi,
Transmission will not shift out of first gear.
1999 Volvo S80 155,000 mi,
I changed the fluid and the problem was deferred for about 2 weeks. Readdressed the issue with a transmission fix (Lucas) at about 170k. Now the problem seems to be returning. I will try the software update per this blog. Thank you all for the great input.
2001 Volvo S80 170,000 mi,
transmission not shifting properly
2004 Volvo S80 138,353 mi,
Having some issues with the amount of time between shifts from 1st to 2nd,2nd to 3rd.if ishift myself everything goes great,no issues,only when in true auto.I have changed fluid and chang e
initial pickup hard take lot of rpm
2005 Volvo S80 106,867 mi,
My transmission went out at 106,867 miles. Started shifting hard when using air conditioner. Oil was black. Radiator, Oil trap box,torque rod mount,PVC box plugged , Mass air flow sensor, rubber molding around window,power steering gear. Very disappointed.
2006 Volvo S80 102,000 mi,
Rough shifting on most gears.
2006 Volvo S80 150,000 mi,
Has not been fixed I do not have the money but I will fix it as soon as I can. I have the same problem with the car kicking after acceleration and downshifting when coming to a stop.
2004 Volvo S80 101,599 mi,
Won't shift properly between gears. Slams after take off from dead stop. Annoying for a Elite S80 T2.9, but won't see anything out my pockets unless it under $500.00, especially since I purchased it used in excellent condition for $4500....A $1000 or greater I'll buy something else.
1999 Volvo S80 132,000 mi,
Won't go into gear.