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#370 of 379 Re: 2001 XC70 Luxury Lemon [panathenikos]
Dec 05, 2012 (11:16 pm)
I'm in same boat. I just dropped nearly 2k after a "dealer" tried to tell me it was a computer sensor issue. We found they replaced solenoids in the valve body with used ones (rather than the entire unit) which I just had replaced. It's still not shifting correctly from what seems to be 2nd to 3rd. I just need to sell this car at what is going to be a huge loss. I got completely ripped off on this one.
#371 of 379 Re: 2001 XC70 Luxury Lemon [unhappyvolvo]
Dec 05, 2012 (11:45 pm)
I've had 2 transmissions fail because of faulty solenoid issues. Unfortunately, these transmissions are adaptive, meaning that the software "learns" and then adapt. So, the problems only get worse as the gearbox gets caught in between 2nd & 3rd. I've actually have been able to understand when this issue is starting on my 3rd transmission & adjust my driving and accelerator control to compensate for the beginning of the surge in between gears so that it doesn't clunk into the next gear. However, this isn't the point to my reply. I didn't pay anything for either transmission, the dealer/Volvo corporate did. The original trans started to go about a year after I bought the car used...it had 70k in it then.
Basically, I made a huge enough stink with the dealership & with Volvo corporate that they paid for a new one to be installed. The 2nd one started to go 13 months after that, just after the warranty ended. The dealer said the wouldn't replace it & that warranty wasn't valid. I again complained in a big way, posting negative things against the dealer & Volvo on any appropriate car blog & site I could find. Within 3 weeks, they replaced it again for free. The adage is true, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
Volvo and all the dealerships know this issue exists. However, no deaths have been linked to it, so no recall. Be the squeaky wheel...don't let them push you, the consumer the rely on, over.
#372 of 379 How much is too much?
Jan 30, 2013 (8:40 am)
Bought a 2002 V70 cross country about 1.5 years ago. Made the mistake of not getting it checked before purchasing (it was from a dealer) and have had to put thousands in to it. The transmission needs overhauled (quote is 3500-4000). It's got about 101k miles. Does it make sense to put this much money in to an 11 year old car?
#374 of 379 2002 V70 X/C transmission - 1st gear clunk
Mar 12, 2013 (12:30 pm)
I've seen a lot of posts talking about the V70 transmission problems but most mention a clunk or slip from 2nd to 3rd. Mine is fine after engaging in 1st but shifting from park or reverse to drive you get a big clunk. Always need to keep foot on the brake and wait a second for 1st to engage. Dealer checked fluids, firmware version and error codes. All were fine or current. They said a new transmission is needed and that it may last years or days before changing.
Anyone have the same experience? This isn't what I would call the best dealership so I am suspect that they know what they are talking about.
Can it be something else? If I decide to move forward with changing the transmission I am reluctant to go with Volvo since they seem to have a recurring problem. Anyone know of good remans or a better vendor?
#375 of 379 Re: 2002 V70 X/C transmission - 1st gear clunk [vtresch]
Mar 17, 2013 (4:48 am)
With the ATF at working temperature (a must!), try out the 'relearn' procedure here: http://www.sonnax.com/system/pdfs/90/original/PRE-ATRA09-RCW.pdf go to page 52: Transmission Relearn. This is for the TF80-SC auto box, but the procedure is similar for older units.
#376 of 379 Re: Cross-Roads [pete51]
Apr 11, 2013 (7:41 pm)
Did you replace the transmission? How has that worked out? I have a 2000 V70 at 137K and am starting to have some symptoms.
#377 of 379 2001 V70T Wagon Transmission
May 15, 2013 (12:55 am)
This is a very real problem and it is not caused by not replacing the fluid. Mine went out at 40k miles and again at 60k after perfect maintenance schedule. If it wasn't obvious just by the avalanche of complaints online it certainly became clear after Volvo NA settled a class action lawsuit on the matter.
#378 of 379 Re: 2001 XC70 Luxury Lemon [rockginxc]
May 15, 2013 (12:57 am)
I am preparing to demand my third transmission in my v70T and I'm wondering who you communicated with at Volvo corporate. Thanks.
#379 of 379 Re: 2001 V70T Wagon Transmission [trixkid]
May 15, 2013 (4:30 pm)
You do realize that the V70 isnt a part of that lawsuit, right? And that the V90 transmission from that lawsuit is completely different from the V70 transmission?
They aren't even manufactured by the same company...
That V90 has a GM transmission while our V70's have an Aisin (Toyota) transmission.
For what its worth, my 2004 V70 now has 152,000 trouble free miles