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#266 of 382 Re: 2005 V70 Service question [dsroberts]
Aug 17, 2009 (5:28 pm)
Dsroberts your post caught my attention.
I have a 2003 V70 2.4T with 37,000 that I purchased from a Volvo dealer 2 months ago. Soon after, I noticed what can be described as stumble or hesitation between 3rd, 4th and 5th gear. On a moderate acceleration, easing up to a 45 mph speed limit, the transmission will stumble as if it is trying to decide between 4th or 5th. As the throttle comes up and the car goes out of 3rd it tries to settle into 5th only to realize that the car does not have the momentum for the engine to move the car along comfortably so it tries 4th only to find that the preferred efficiency is in 5th and back it goes. (or some variation of this). It does this for no more than a second or two and then it passes. This only occurs under the situation as described at or near the 41 mph mark.
Of course the overriding concern is that a major problem in imminent. I would like to think that this would be the type of problem that a software upgrade would resolve. It really seems as though the computer can’t make up its mind.
I did have it back to the dealer be could not replicate the issue on a test drive. I does not happen consistently but it does happen often enough (4-6 times per week) to be described as a real issue
Has anyone encountered a similar problem and discovered fix? The service department at the Volvo dealership is keeping their mouth shut regarding any known transmission issues and giving me the “you are imagining it” look. I would normally run to an independent shop but and fairly convinced it could be a known problem when they sold the car as they were the original dealer and have the full service history.
#267 of 382 Re: EMT or Transmission...??? [sacco1]
Sep 02, 2009 (4:48 am)
I have a '99 V70 , no turbo, 5 cyl, 167 Hp original owner
found it to be a high maintanence car with high expense. most problems seem to be associated with secondary systems, poor engineering and cheap materials, nagging rattles, broken switches, locks, headlights, signals, mud guards and tires (7 of them so far) think the front is too heavy for low profile rims (standard). But the engine and drive train seem to be sound. Relatively lo milage, I just broke 72K, and have that "shake" after highway driving upon slowing. The idle seems to drop below 500 rpm. noticed it dimishes with higher octane fuel usage, but always returns. I was wondering if it is related to the transmission, not releading on time, or vacumn leak. I need to keep this car for another 130K to make it worth the original investment, but I consider the additionals costs, to-date... a lesson learned.
#268 of 382 Re: 2001 V70 transmission -- a lemon??? [leav02]
Sep 30, 2009 (8:04 pm)
My 2001 V70 seems to be having the same problem. How did you resolve yours?
#269 of 382 2nd transmission
Oct 21, 2009 (8:35 pm)
We have a volvo v70 with 95k miles. It already has a new transmission. We replaced the brake pads/e-brake yesterday because we were told that was causing our acceleration problems($800). We have since found out that fluid leaked from the radiator to the new transmission and has caused them both to fail (another $4K).
Any advise? Can this be fixed without another new transmission?
#270 of 382 Re: 2001 V70 T5 Failure 60K miles [ricksvolvo]
Dec 08, 2009 (2:05 pm)
Owners complaining of the "jerk" of the V70 automatic transmission from a standing start should read their owner's manual. The manual for my '01 V70 T5 clearly states that the transmission is designed to shift to neutral when the car stops - it takes a moment to shift back into gear once the brake is released. Owners who do not adapt their driving style to this momentary pause before the transmission shifts back into gear will indeed experience a jerk if they accelerate too quickly. The result over time will likely be transmission damage. The design is an inconvenience (drivers shouldn't have to adapt their driving style to the car), but you can chalk up resulting transmission damage at least as much to ignorant owners as to Volvo's shift programming. Volvo eventually recognized the potential for damage in their "neutral" shift programming and issued a software update which removes the neutral function. My local Volvo dealer performed the update today on my V70 for $138.66, not exorbitant by any means. The update has only one purpose: it removes the shift to neutral at stops. It doesn't "repair" a damaged transmission. After the software update, my transmission functions from a stop without any programmed pause. With 97k, my aging transmission works as it did before the update, which is to say flawlessly. The only difference is, now there is no shift to neutral at stops.
Other than the original transmission neutral-at-stops feature, the other big owner-related issue re transmission problems or failure on these cars is failure to change the transmission fluid. Part of it is probably Volvo's fault, as the owner's manual specifies 105k miles as the first transmission fluid change. That's entirely too many miles, even for synthetic fluid. It's not unusual for high-mileage transmissions which have been fully flushed for the first time w. synthetic fluid to experience high failure rates afterwards, because the detergent action of the fresh synthetic fluid acts to free up accumulated goop & junk inside the transmission. Although my local Volvo dealer recommends the full flush, my independent Volvo mechanic strongly advises doing only a drain & refill, not a full flush. The latter is a safer choice for high mileage transmissions, especially if you're not sure when your fluid was last changed (or if it's ever been changed).
#271 of 382 Ford may dump them and avoid us all!!!
Jan 10, 2010 (4:51 pm)
I have an xc70 also and experience similar bumps ... mostly in heavy traffic...... but we should all be real concerned about the following:::::<### if we all do not get the government to make Ford pay for the mess-up. see link below: December 23, 2009, 8:55 am Ford Announces Volvo Progress With Geely By DEALBOOK From our colleagues at DealBook: Ford Motor said Wednesday that it and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group had settled “all substantive commercial terms” on a sale of Volvo, clearing the way for the Chinese automaker to purchase the Swedish business early next year, David Jolly writes in The New York Times. The U.S. automaker said that while final documentation, financing and government approvals remain to be completed, “Ford and Geely anticipate that a definitive sale agreement will be signed in the first quarter of 2010, with closing of the sale likely to occur in the second quarter 2010, subject to appropriate regulatory approvals.” Ford did not disclose a price for the sale. Ford paid $6 billion in 1999 to buy Volvo; unconfirmed reports have said that Zhejiang Geely could pay $2 billion for the unit in the currently depressed market for automakers. Read more here. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/23/ford-announces-volvo-progress-with-ge- ely/
#272 of 382 Re: Ford may dump them and avoid us all!!! [vsafe]
Jan 10, 2010 (5:02 pm)
The government has no authority to make Ford do anything. And even if they did, why should they?
I don't understand your post - what exactly is the problem? What has Ford messed up?
#273 of 382 Re: Ford may dump them and avoid us all!!! [fedlawman]
Feb 13, 2010 (6:33 am)
spoken like a true ford rep.why would u ask what ford has to do with the problem when ford sells the product and was aware of the problem beforehand?are there any lead paint toys around your house?
#274 of 382 Re: Ford may dump them and avoid us all!!! [cnote4]
Feb 13, 2010 (10:11 am)
"why would u ask what ford has to do with the problem"
What the heck are you talking about? I never said anything about Ford. Did you even read my post?
I asked what the problem is, because all the OP mentioned was something about his Volvo jerking in heavy traffic. And if his Volvo jerks in traffic, what does that have to do with the government?
So I'll ask again. What's the problem? Is it some condensation/water in the gas tank? Is it a failing fuel pump? A clogged fuel filter? A bad O2 sensor? A failing ignition coil? A bad spark plug? A clogged fuel injector? A faulty computer chip? A defective transmission? A bumpy stretch of highway? Did he spill hot coffee in his lap during his morning commute?
#275 of 382 V70 transmission issue
Feb 23, 2010 (11:50 am)
Hi. Sorry if I'm breaking in on a thread, but you folks all apparently have experience with the automatic transmission in V70s. I'm working (for free) on one of my Boy Scouts moms car - 1198 V70xc. turbo, 150K miles. She had a relatively minor accident in a parking lot. Air bags didn't go off, but it needs a hood, fender, grille. But mostly I need to be able to shift it out of Drive. I can put it in low, but can't hit Park or Reverse. All the related fuses I can find are okay. Any ideas? Thanks. I'd really like to get this kid (and his mom) back on the road!
thanks in advance.