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2011 Volvo C30 Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 2011 Volvo C30 based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

While driving the 2011-2013 Volvo C30, operators may notice harsh shifting or slippage of the transmission.

This is caused by software issues in many cases, however, internal transmission failure may be the culprit as well. This may or may not be indicated by the check engine warning light.

In some instances, the failure has been attributed to the ‘sealed-for-life’ nature of the transmission, as the transmission fluid may break down before the transmission is taken out of service.

The manufacturer of the transmission, which is a third party, has issued many software updates, but when these updates fail to correct concerns, the transmission must be removed, disassembled, inspected, and repaired. 

 

The keyless entry system may stop working due to a loss of synchronization with one or more remotes. Our technicians tell us re-synchronization may be only a temporary solution, the keyless entry receiver may need replacement to correct this concern.

The parking brake may be hard to release. Our technicians tell us that adjusting the parking brake cable will generally correct this issue.

The express-up windows may reverse direction when closing, this is commonly caused by misalignment of the window glass or lack of lubrication of the window guides. Aligning the glass and lubing the window guides should correct this concern.