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#363 of 382 Re: 2002 Volvo V70 Wagon Transmission Question [concerned26]
Jul 23, 2012 (6:37 am)
Don't buy it....
If the car "surges" between 2nd and 3rd gear and you feel a clunk as it either shifts up or down. The the common solenoid problem with these transmissions that seem to occur on models made from 2001-2004. The mechanics in today's dealerships cannot "fix" the transmission - they can only read the error code and replace the entire unit - in a sense, they're not really mechanics anymore.
My 2001 V70XC wagon is on it's 3rd transmission and it has less than 100k miles. Also, once the transmission starts to fail, the adaptive control unit doesn't work effectively to correct the issue - it just makes it worse over time. However, I have found that you can change your driving behavior to reduce or eliminate this issue, but my recommendation from you would be to not buy it. Find a new model, post 2005 or an earlier model made before 2000.
#364 of 382 Transmission Problem
Aug 04, 2012 (7:08 pm)
I just purchased a 2001 V70 T5 with 135K. I have had ongoing problems with the "Check Engine" which has prevented it from passing state inspection thus far (the dealer has had the vehicle a cumulative total of 7 days, I have it until Wednesday when they take it in again). As soon as I purchased it, I noticed something in the transmission, but figured it was a fluke. It has intensified. It has trouble going from reverse to drive. Stopping at a red light or stop sign is an anxiety moment because 30% of the time it skips now as you accelerate. I bought it from a crappy dealership that guarantees nothing but an inspection sticker. Before you tell me I should have bought it from someone reputable, know that I don't have a whole lot of money but wanted a reliable car for my family and bought it based on two trouble-free test drives and reputation. I had a 95 850 for years before I passed it on to my step-daughter. It has 252K and is going strong. Can the transmission be causing the "Check Engine" light?
#365 of 382 thread incredible
Aug 31, 2012 (5:02 pm)
have seen many similar posts on several other boards over many months - I have V70 2002 T5 auto, bought as ex-demo model from officilal dealer (<10K miles on original purchace) , fully seviced by Volvo. - Same automatic transmission 'cut out issue' (only 85K miles) - they deny it is a common problem (not from what the boards seem to say it seems) - insisting we need a new car. This is in the UK. Any ideas? Current car sat on the drive for 6 months after they (Volvo) declared it unsafe:-))- with only option to buy another car as new transmission unit and fitting is 3-4 times valuue of car! Yeh - right a Volvo that dies at 85K miles, fully Volvo serviced and only 10 years old with what appears to be a clearly known Volvo problem on those auto transmission units? Why would ever I buy another one? And this is from a family that has grown up with Volvos for 40 years. Any suggestions appreciated. Manufacturing fault would seem to be clear to me on transmission unit. I believe I read on other boards in the US class action suits are being coinsidered/might have been started. Doesn't help my wife with no car mind you! Going to Audi I think for the next one next week!
#366 of 382 Re: thread incredible [klh5]
Aug 31, 2012 (6:19 pm)
Does anyone actually know of a class action suit?
Oct 01, 2012 (10:32 am)
I had an XC 70 2001 loved the car and just had to purchase another car because of the transmission. The mechanic drove it and hooked it up to the computer could not find anything wrong. But driving it convinced him that it needed a new transmission. He said that there was another XC 70 with the same problem at the shop. I almost had the car paid off. The mechanic made me a really good deal on a V50. So I bought it. Why do I think I need a Volvo? They have been money pits over the years.
Oct 01, 2012 (10:33 am)
I called Volvo and complained and the woman acted as if it was my problem and had never heard of the transmission issue. Ugh!
#369 of 382 Re: 2001 XC70 Luxury Lemon [alastairs]
Oct 08, 2012 (2:03 pm)
I know of so many people including myself who had the same problems. Volvo said it needed an upgrade, never worked, did a second upgrade, nothing, until the trans finally gave out. Spent alot of money to try and correct this. Nothing worked except I got plenty of bills to show. Love the car, but will never buy another Volvo again. I felt they gave us all the run around. Not sure when Ford took over but it is suspect. I have been on line and reading more and more stories like yours. So Volvo has done nothing to fix it, so I feel they do not care about their customers. NSo more Volvo for me.
#370 of 382 Re: 2001 XC70 Luxury Lemon [panathenikos]
Dec 05, 2012 (10:16 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 382 Re: 2001 XC70 Luxury Lemon [unhappyvolvo]
Dec 05, 2012 (10:45 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 382 How much is too much?
Jan 30, 2013 (7:40 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?