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Volvo V70 XC Erratic Shifting or Loss of Transmission Operation

Volvo V70 XC Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Drive Trains Affected: AWD, FWD

Average Mileage: 121,299 mi (16,389 mi - 310,000 mi)


Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo Cross Country 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. 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:

  •  Rookie

    when I shift to drive there is a lull then a kind of thunk before it starts to move.

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  • wammer4556, , AWD, 94,000 mi

    Love this car but the transmission was replaced under warranty after five years and now its starting to show the same symptoms as before such as hard downshifts into 2nd and long upshifts into 3rd

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  • volvo123, , AWD, 174,000 mi

    Hard, erratic shifting and slow shifting that causes car to lunge forward.

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  • Visitor, , FWD, 95,000 mi

    Trans. failure

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  • Visitor, , AWD, 90,000 mi

    my transmission started slipping about 10,000 miles ago. I had the transmission fluid changed and it is not as bad but still does it once in a while. I have taken it in twice to my local shop- not volvo specific- and they have told me they cannot ind what is wrong. I took it to another local shop and same story. I will try for a volvo shop and bring in this report.

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  • doe0617, , 144,000 mi

    My problem arose after having an overdue transmission oil change.
    I think the biggest factor was that the shop flushed the transmission
    with the change and that caused major problems. The shop failed
    to take responsibility ofcourse, (not a volvo dealership, I have
    learned that lesson) and I had a new tranny put in for $4000 by the
    best volvo shop on the east coast,
    it runs beautifully now and hope to get another 4 - 6 years out of

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  • awdriver, , AWD, 85,000 mi

    No solution as of yet

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  • juanga, , AWD, 102,000 mi

    doesnt happen in reverse, only when I shift from reverse to drive.

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  • paulface, , AWD, 80,000 mi

    My volvo started doing this intermittingly I just brought it in to the repair shop and after replacing the turbo he told me my transmission is horrible. don't know what to do.

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  • goodguysdiesel, , AWD, 142,000 mi

    would not shift into gear. had to replace transmission. put in a used transmission and it shifts great.

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