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#197 of 382 Re: 2004 Volvo V70 Transmission and Fluid [njones1]
Mar 17, 2008 (8:07 pm)
I forgot to mention - pay no mind to the "transmission horror stories" you've read.
The internet is a fantastic resource for sharing information with others, but it is also a breeding ground for misinformation.
Am I saying that the V70 has not had it's share of transmission failures? No, absolutely not. What I'm saying is that the V70 has had its share - no more, no less. Do research on ANY CAR EVER SOLD and you'll find complaints, anecdotal testimonials, and lemon law/class action lawsuit furor.
In fact, just for grins, I just checked the NHTSA website for complaints about a paragon of quality, the 2007 Lexus ES350. I found 74 complaints filed - and 18 (that's 25%!) are about the transmission slipping/clunking. The 2007 Volvo V70 had one complaint (and it wasn't the transmission).
Don't let an angry, vocal minority sour your ownership experience. After 4 years and almost 70,000 miles, my 2004 V70 is still going strong (and the transmission is as sweet as ever - especially after a fluid flush 2 months ago). It's a fantastic car and I plan to keep mine for a very long time.
#198 of 382 Re: Volvo XC70 Transmission Issues [vibe1]
Mar 18, 2008 (11:34 am)
I have sent a letter to the BBB about Volvo and their transmissions and to the Attorney Generals office in my state, these are things everyone should do that are having these similar problems. If people dont then they cant compile the complaints to start a recall or fix them.
#199 of 382 Re: 2004 Volvo V70 Transmission and Fluid [fedlawman]
Mar 18, 2008 (3:07 pm)
Thanks fedlawman, that does make me feel better! I was so excited to get a Volvo, and it was truly the nicest car I've ever had, so I was a little shaken to hear about these problems. The best part about it is the heated leather seats. I don't think I can go back to an economy car after this. But, you're right, every car I have ever owned has had its detractors. I'll start with having the transmission fluid changed (I'm not a do it yourselfer). Thanks again.
#200 of 382 Re: Volvo XC70 Transmission Issues [wildrider]
Mar 18, 2008 (4:16 pm)
No doubt your Attorney General and the NHTSA will get right on the case against Volvo - that is, as soon as they're done throwing the book at Nissan, Lexus, Chrysler, Ford, Volkswagon, Mazda, Saab, Hyundai, Jeep, BMW, Audi, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Chevrolet, and Mitsubishi.
fedlawman, "Volvo V70 Transmission Problems" #66, 13 Jan 2008 11:31 pm
Whatever the outcome, I sincerely hope it works out for you and the others who have had this problem.
#201 of 382 Re: 2004 Volvo V70 Transmission and Fluid [njones1]
Mar 18, 2008 (4:18 pm)
Ah, the seats. Yes, that's what my wife and I first fell in love with during our first test-drive. She leaves the heat on almost year-round - me, use it during the winter, but only for about 3 minutes until it starts to hurt (I'm sensitive, I guess!).
#202 of 382 2001 V70 XC w/transmission problems too
Mar 20, 2008 (9:42 am)
Hi, I just bought a 2001 on 2/18 and haha guess what same problem with the transmission in the lower gears as I'm reading all over this site and many others. The car only had 63K miles on it so I thought wow I could drive this car a good 7 years. Thankfully the dealer I bought it from is taking care of it for me but after doing reasearch, it looks like this model has major problems until you get to 2004, though even those have some issues. I'll hold onto it for a while as other than that its an awesome car but I think I'll trade up for a 2005 or above, those all rated high with consumer reports. or maybe even go for a subaru. I called volvo too with absolutely no help from them. Its too bad, they are such beautiful cars.
#203 of 382 Re: 2004 Volvo V70 Transmission and Fluid [fedlawman]
May 12, 2008 (10:52 am)
Most of the transmission problems associated with the V70 have been reported on earlier models than yours. As someone who is currently in the middle of this battle, I would like to assure you that these concerns are real. I have read literally thousands of complaints that are eerily similar to mine. I have a 2001 V70 Cross Country and have spent almost $10,000 with no real result. My transmission was replaced in November of 2006 and I have an appointment tomorrow because I'm pretty sure I dropped 2nd gear on Saturday night. While I am very happy that you have not experienced the nightmare that I and many others are going through, I would urge you to do a little more research before telling others that these are normal concerns. These problems are not normal.
#204 of 382 Re: 2004 Volvo V70 Transmission and Fluid [fedlawman]
May 12, 2008 (1:37 pm)
The transmission on the 01 V70 is a lemon. There are none being built, you can get only re manufactured units. It has been replaced by a different tranny in newer models. This tranny has an unusually large number of "Bulletins". I'm not saying all Volvo trannys are problems, but this one is!
#205 of 382 Re: 2004 Volvo V70 Transmission and Fluid [crappyvolvo]
May 19, 2008 (7:02 pm)
"I would urge you to do a little more research before telling others that these are normal concerns."
And I would urge you to read what I actually wrote and not misquote me. I have clearly stated in prior posts that the transmission problems you and others have experienced are real and not trivial in nature.
But I have also pointed out that many of these anecdotal incidents have been posted by owners of V70's that were purchased as used cars, without any knowledge of the cars service history. If someone purchases a used car with 60K, 70K, 80K or more miles and has no knowledge of how the car was broken in, driven, or serviced, how can they then claim a manufacturer defect when something fails?
I also previously mentioned that I researched complaints at the NHTSA website and other enthusiast forums for MY 2001 cars from Nissan, Dodge, Honda, Toyota, Audi, Chevrolet, Mitsubishi and others and found numerous complaints from owners describing the very same transmission problems found in the various Volvo forums.
So again, I'm very sorry that you and others are experiencing problems with your transmissions. But, I never said that your problems are not real - I simply said they are not unique to Volvo and not necessarily caused by a manufacturer defect.
#206 of 382 2002 V70 Transmission problems
Jun 07, 2008 (10:19 pm)
I own a Volvo V70 2.4T with 70,000 miles. I have experienced intermittent transmission problems for about 3 months. Dealership provided the usual doubletalk and did the software download others on this site have talked about. Since then (about a month ago the transmission seems worse. On 2 or 3 occasions recently I have started the car and noticed that instead of seeing a "P" illuminated in the dashboard there is a dash. When I put the car in drive the dash stays fixed instead of switching to "D" None of the other manual transmission functions work when the dash shows in the dashboard (using the "Weather" switch or manually changing gears). The car drives like it is stuck in low gear when this happens and does not switch properly from gear to gear. Twice the engine light came on. I stop, turn the car on and off, and wait. After a while everything goes back to normal. Is this a software problem or a failing transmission? Is anyone experiencing a similar problem? Does anyone have a solution suggestion? Thank you in advance for any information.