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Q: why is the auto gearbox slow to pickup after slowing down but not stopping. on 2002 Volvo S80

Once the car is at normal temp,if I slow down for a roundabout but dont stop,then drive round the junction at slow speed, when I accelerate away nothing happens for approx 3 seconds, then it picks up normally.
There is no lurch or roughness, just a delay.
There are no other problems. Car has done 160,000mls.
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review when tranny last serviced. may be due. bring to tranny shop and have them run diagnostic. tranny tech. will advise.
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