Erratic Shifting or Loss of Transmission Operation on Volvo S60

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Several complaints have been reported regarding Volvo S60 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. 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:

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 115,201 (500–224,000)
Drive Trains affected: AWD, FWD, w/o AWD
9 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2015
72 people reported this problem
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Harsh shifting and does not shift into gear quickly, long shift in between. there have been so many of these Volvo should eat the cost. Don't you think everyone?
Bought the car used from a dealership at 96k miles. Three months later, had to replace the entire transmission after spending hundreds trying to do small fixes. Shifting slipped while accelerating, causing the car to lurch and shake when trying to shift into higher gears. Terribly dangerous for someone driving on an LA freeway during rush hour. $5000 later, had a car I thought would last me another 100K miles... needed a new catalytic converter, new front axle, has temperature sensor issues, upper strut mounts are shot, needs repairs to the oil cooling line. Besides all that, general maintenance is EXPENSIVE. Went from paying around $30 for an oil change for my Jeep, to paying $80 for the Volvo. Only reason I keep it is because I can't afford to trade it in for $1400 and pay for a new car. It's safe on the road and fun to drive (when it's not having problems). Will never buy another Volvo.
Delayed harsh drive and reverse engagements. 2-3 Shift slippage. Failed valve body. Very common problem on 01-02 Volvo's. Cost to repair $4500. Rebuilt Volvo Transmission. Volvo are very aware of this problem, but don't except any help from them if your out warranty. Do yourself a favor and buy a BMW or Mercedes instead.
hard/harsh shifts, flares 1-2, 2-3 3-2, 2-1 Transmission shows code: 00F The Independent Volvo Shop said plan on spending a lot of diagnostic time which = $$. Took it to another Transmission Shop and is just guessing it needs new Valve Body and says they can't guarantee that will fix the problem. That alone, is a costly repair not knowing if it will fix the problem. This transmission AW55-50/51sn has a long track record reporting these problems. I find it hard to believe there isn't someone here in Phoenix with the means to properly diagnose the these problems. ???
Hard shifting and loss of transmission operation. The jerks hard when shifting between gears and delayed shifting period
Slipped slightly about a month ago. 4000 miles later I am
waiting at a light and no more shifting! Had been fine to that point (waiting for tow truck now)!
when moving from stand still sometimes jerk forward,when driving on the road you can hear like its slipping , also when slowing down before stop sign the change is
jerky and rough change.
2nd gear hardshifts. Not bad yet, but wanna try and catch it before everything gets crazy.
The car will start but will not move out of Park. At first I notice it was sticking when it was cold outside and then once the car warmed up it would move. Now, the vehicle will not move out of park for sometimes an hour after you start the car. I am dropping it off at the shop tomorrow.
Slow shift and lights and stop signs, idles normal to low, low to normal, it even shut off by itself.