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#213 of 379 Re: 2004 Volvo V70 Transmission and Fluid [fedlawman]
Sep 17, 2008 (2:05 pm)
The V70 Transmission is beyond what is acceptable.
We are the owner of a 2001 V70 XC and have experienced extensive transmission problems.
We are the original owners and have completed all recommended maintenance at the Dealership.
We first started to experience the jerking at low speed at arround 10K miles. We mentioned this to the dealership and did some software upgrades. This aleviated the problem for a while until the transmission suddenly died on us at around 50K miles. Thankfully we were covered by our extended warranty and the transmission was changed at no direct cost to us.
Soon after the change of transmission the symptoms reappeared, until at 70K it was getting enough concerning to have the dealer look at it again. The transmission needed to be changed AGAIN! This time we were out of warranty...
On this car we have changed transmission as often as we have changed tires! This is very surprising considering that I would assume that you would not expect to change transmission more than once in the life of a car...
I thought that my story was an exception, but reading this forum really tells me that Volvo has a problem in its hand, and refuse to look at it.
This car has been costing us way too much, we are parting from it.... and we are not buying Volvo anymore.
#214 of 379 Re: 2004 Volvo V70 Transmission and Fluid [fabrice]
Sep 17, 2008 (4:33 pm)
I've had two tranny's also. Please write to the Better Business Bureau, State attorney General (if you are in the US. Otherwise wherever you can lodge a complaint), and Volvo. They have a badly designed transmission that you cannot replace because it is no longer made. What you got, I suspect, were rebuilds. Volvo knows there is a problem and is hoping we will all go away.
#215 of 379 Re: 2004 Volvo V70 Transmission and Fluid [spece]
Sep 17, 2008 (6:17 pm)
I have a 2001 XC70 as well, and the transmission is also failing. As I have noted in previous postings on this forum, I am keen to begin a class action against Volvo (Ford) for what is obviously a widespread and known set of defects.
I received a mailer the other day about a recent settlement with Volvo on a class action for a different set of reasons. I think it would be quite interesting to approach the same law firm that sued Volvo, and present them the evidence just from this forum alone.
I am tired of the faults (all of the ones listed above happened on our car as well, the gas cap, etc. Oh yeah, and the turn signal - did that one happen to you too?). But the transmission problems are truly ridiculous. That is life and death we are talking about. Which is why I think it is appropriate at this time to bring up the matter in a legal way.
If we know about all these problems, and we do nothing, and then someone's family has a tragedy ...?
#216 of 379 Re: 2004 Volvo V70 Transmission and Fluid [dixon1e]
Sep 18, 2008 (9:56 pm)
hah, gas cap?
i'm just laughing because a week ago I arrived at the pump, stepped out of the car, walked around, wanted to open gas cap lid and the whole plate broke off!
I couldn't believe what I've done I just touched it.
I hope next time I try to open a door, it won't fall off.
I have 2001 XC70. almost 120K. there is a wierd jerk up-shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear, started at ~80Kmiles. this is sooo annoying you can't believe it. fortunately, or unfortunately, the car still drives. and I have to live with it.
I'm just waiting until it dies.
I'll never buy volvo ever again. Ever. you heard me.
#217 of 379 Re: 2004 Volvo V70 Transmission and Fluid [vengeanceis]
Oct 14, 2008 (9:05 am)
Just over 89K miles on a 2001 V70 and need a new transmission. Gotta' love that. I have never gotten rid of a car with less than 150K miles on it and have never replaced a transmission. Unbelievable.
As for the class action related to the throttle module, it is ridiculous. You could receive a refund from the company if you already had it replaced. However, if it has not yet been replaced, three things must be present to have it covered under warranty. 1) The ETM codes come up showing that it needs to be replaced 2) the variance has to be outside of 13 degrees from the polemetrics(??), 3) the Check engine light has to be on. Any one of these items missing and guess what, no replacement, even though failure is certain and imminent.
The fact that Volvo, which markets itself as a safety oriented car company, would rather wait for a part to fail, endangering all passengers, than fix the problem when the problem is evident, is so very disappointing. I expected more.
Oct 21, 2008 (11:21 am)
I have also been victimized by Volvo, except I wish that I would have thought to check out online forums like this one to be warned of problems like this before I bought this car. Lesson learned! I bought my 01 Volvo earlier this year at a very nice Volvo dealership in Alpharetta, GA, Northpoint Volvo, who would have ever thought that they would sell me and my family a LEMON!!! They knew the car had problems and they didn't care to disclose this information.
Volvo's whole thing on being a "safe family vehicle" yeah right, they didn't care too much for my family's well being, even though I had my one year old son with us when we purchased the car. We found out the next day that it would have to have the transmission replaced and since Georgia has no lemon laws on used cars, we were stuck with the car and Northpoint Volvo didn't care to do anything about it, it was our problem now. BEWARE OF THIS DEALERSHIP!!!
And I know that we should have tried to get a warranty on the car, it was "as is", but we weren't as savvy about buying cars as we are now, the price was good on the car and i've had 3 Volvos previously so I've always had a very good perception of the Volvo brand. I just would have never thought the very next day there would be a problem!!!
I have annoyingly driven the car up until now and it is definitely on its last leg, the light is on saying Transmission Service Urgent and it will stick in one gear, you have to turn it off and back on to get it back changing gears. It is in the shop right now and it will be about $4500 to replace the tranny, so i'm car-less for awhile!!! I just HOPE that there is a Class Action Suit, Volvo really needs to fix this problem!!!
#219 of 379 Re: 01 V70 XC Lemon [kimberlyrt]
Oct 21, 2008 (11:38 am)
It's an 8 year-old car. Volvo has no control over how the previous owner(s) treated (or mistreated) it.
If you bought the car with a major pre-existing problem and the dealership didn't disclose it, then shame on the dealership.
It has nothing to do with Volvo.
#220 of 379 Re: 01 V70 XC Lemon [kimberlyrt]
Oct 21, 2008 (1:05 pm)
Buying a used car from a dealer is a tough one if there is a problem...because they are usually sold "as is". However, I'm surprised that this was a Volvo dealer since their used cars are supposed to be certified and they should have run a diagnostic report on their VIDA system to see if there were any error codes that should be addressed. If they did sell you a lemon, did you notice the problem right way or did it surface after you bought it. Did you communicate this issue to them soon after you bought the car? I had the same problem - a lemon of a Volvo V70XC sold to me by an Audi dealership. They would not do a thing for me even though I voiced my issues the day after I picked up the car. I even asked them to check the transmission before I picked it up. It was a very frustrating experience. I had to do a lot of work to get them to understand that they cannot do this and expect no repercussions. I posted just about everything I was going through on the Audi Forums...under Dealers. I also found out the 3 top people in Audi America corporate and contacted them. I basically became the extremely squeaky wheel that they had to grease or address. I'm finally getting resolution from this dealership in the form of either a fully fixed car or a comparable used Audi wagon. If you'd like to read all that I posted on the other forum, here is the link:
#221 of 379 Re: 01 V70 XC Lemon [fedlawman]
Oct 21, 2008 (1:16 pm)
Very true -- it's all about the dealership.
I only focused on the dealership that sold me my Volvo lemon. I never went after the brand. The dealership has the control in regards to addressing your issue...fixing the problem or replacing the part. It's true that they make a small margin on a used car, but that isn't the point...is it. They are responsible for selling a solid automobile. You buy from a dealer because you want a reliable purchase process.
The dealer is all about their bottom line.
If they truly sold you a lemon...a car that had pre-existing issues that they did not disclose, then go after them and post your opinion and issue with the car on every car blog and forum you can. After a while, make them aware that there is increasing negative press (that could affect their sales traffic). Don't threaten, just continue to spread the word of this negative situation that they put you in. Write to corporate and make them aware of this dealerships bad practices:
President and CEO
1 Premier Place, Irvine, CA 92618
It may take some time and may also take a lot of energy on your part, but for me...it was eventually worth it.
#222 of 379 V70 Transmission Problem - too
Oct 24, 2008 (4:06 pm)
I have a V70 with about 87,000 miles. My transmission began slipping - revving up and then jerking forward - about 10,000 miles ago. I asked my Volvo dealer to check out my transmission when I went in for my regularly scheduled maintenance and was told that the transmission was "within guidelines." Today, the "check engine" light and the "transmission needs service" warning came on - and my car stays in 2nd gear. I would be happy to join a Call Action Suit and will be sure to document all my interactions with my dealer. I will also write Volvo and the BBB.