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#10 of 84 Volvo Transmissions are a weak point
Sep 15, 2009 (4:17 am)
I have experience with 3 volvos, two purchased new which I still have - 2006 xc70 and 2002 s60. I used to have a 2004 xc70 which I bought a year old. All were automatic trans. Overall I have been very pleased with them but the trans in all 3 had quirks:
2004 xc70 - car had a tendency to shift gears somewhat harshly, not a smooth transition. purchased used with 20k miles, sold a year later only because I got more than what I paid. mpg was about 24
2002 s60 - 28 mpg was great. At about 70k miles the trans would shift more harshly into first. What I do is manually downshift coming to a stop, saving the brakes a bit (it does work). Apparently the car does not like that and developed that harsh shifting after a while. I don't do that anymore with that car. Then starting at about 95k miles going into gear after backing out of my driveway, it takes a couple seconds to engage into forward gear. Usually you hit the gas as soon as you shift from Reverse to D but doing that jerks the car at engagement. Since then I have been waiting those seconds with foot on the brake. With care I think the car will last a few more years. Now about 25mpg. OEM tires were replaced with Goodyear tires rated at 80k miles and after 40k the fronts are shot. I discovered after some research after the fact that the same tires can perform differently on different cars.
2006 xc70 - bought new with extended warranty, given the experience with the 60. When manually shifting this trans is exhibiting the harsh shifting as the previous 70 but not quite as harsh. I stopped the manual shifting since I startred noticing it at around 45k miles, now has 60k miles. At purchase, mileage was under 20mpg and slowly crept to 21, 22, and at 40k miles was getting 23.6mpg overall. The Pirelli Scorpiion oem tires were replaced at 60k just this past week and performed very well. I replaced with Michelin Harmony with the same size. A weekend trip of 800 miles resulted in 24.6mpg, a very notable and happy improvement! Purchased at Belle Tire $517 out the door with lifetime balancing, rotation, flat fix, inflation, etc. And I also asked if there were any senior discounts available and I got another $20 off! You don't have to be a senior.....don't ask, don't get.
Long post but I hope this will provide some insight to someone. Other than the trans, I've found these cars to be pretty good and the wife loves her 70. I just hope Volvo (Ford) recognizes this.
#11 of 84 2002 Volvo XC70 Transmission slipping from 1st to 2nd
Dec 02, 2009 (7:06 am)
I am feeling a "slipping" when the car shifts from 1st to second gear. What happens is that from a dead stop when the car shifts out of first gear (around 10-15 MPH it goes into a quick "neutral reving mode" in other words I feel a hesitation with the engine racing in neutral for a few seconds while trying to find second gear which then kicks in with a jolt. There is no problem going from 2nd to 3rd. If I'm in a driving situation where I am constantly going under 20 MPH this is a constant problem (the kicking from 1st to second gear). If I'm at a stop and have a clear approach such as entering a highway and flooring the gas from 0 to say 40 I don't feel and kicking as the gears shift from first to third rather naturally.. This only occurs when going slow at a spped of under 20MPH. Can anybody offer some suggestions? Could it be a computer problem?--I sure hope so.
The car has only 55,000 Miles!
#12 of 84 Re: Volvo Transmissions are a weak point [bad_trannies]
Dec 02, 2009 (8:42 am)
No offense but I've never understood why people use their transmission in an effort to save their brakes. A brake job costs what, maybe $500 for rotors and pads? A trans job costs $5,000+. I'll gladly wear out my brakes in an effort to prolong my trans.
#13 of 84 Re: 2002 Volvo XC70 Transmission slipping from 1st to 2nd [mneiman]
Dec 18, 2009 (1:36 pm)
I have the exact same problem. I have 102,000 miles, Did you find a solution?
#14 of 84 Re: 2002 Volvo XC70 Transmission slipping from 1st to 2nd [02ocean]
Dec 18, 2009 (2:15 pm)
Its not a solution that will make you very happy that's for sure. I had to get a
COMPLETE REBUILD of the Transmission. The problem started with a defect in
the valve body and must be replaced to insure no further problems. The total price I had to pay was $2995.00.
#15 of 84 Re: 2002 Volvo XC70 Transmission slipping from 1st to 2nd [mneiman]
Dec 19, 2009 (4:17 pm)
Oh Gee! there goes the Merry Christmas. Well it is better than the $4500.00 I heard else where. Thanks for your help and Best Luck.
#16 of 84 Re: Volvo Transmissions are a weak point [cranky2]
Dec 22, 2009 (9:51 pm)
Well cranky2, in 42 years years of owning my own cars (starting with a '55 Victoria Crowntop) I've replaced one clutch and many many pads, drums and rotors. I started the downshift with my '83 911SC mainly because I liked getting the revs to vehicle speed on downshift. Sounded nice....
On my '03 X-type I replaced the fronts at 65k. The mechanic said that was a lot of miles on original pads. I told him I use the accelerator mostly.
But with these Volvos...I would not recommend it. Also, it seems the tie rods are a very weak element. My '06 XC70 has another tie rod loose (replaced at 55k and now at 65k) according to the mechanic who changes my oil. Fortunately the extended warranty will cover that. And my '02 S60 has tie rod issues, too.
#17 of 84 2001 xc70 icis the other love of my life
Jan 17, 2010 (8:37 pm)
well i have a 2001 xc70 with 92000 mile i purchased it 2 years ago. i have had some minor maintenance repairs (which i have a feeling people think expensive maintenance is a problem and makes cars un reliable) however my main concern is the trans. unlike every thing i have read on this site my trans seems to slip into fourth with a rather HARSH jolt . and it is when i am in a rather slow pace. now i have been told several times that this can all be remedied by a simple software update?????(is this the case ) please hit me up with your thoughts . take care all my volvo friends =)
#18 of 84 Re: 2001 xc70 icis the other love of my life [jrlun78]
Jan 18, 2010 (4:17 pm)
" i have been told several times that this can all be remedied by a simple software update?????"
Unfortunately this is not the deal. I thought the same thing and my mechanic who I believe is a pro told me that the problem has nothing to do with software updates.
Your problem ("my trans seems to slip into fourth with a rather HARSH jolt . and it is when i am in a rather slow pace.") sounds EXACTLY like what I experienced. I had to have the transmission replaced at a cost of $3000--ouch !! The car now runs like brand new. Oh and by the way my car had only 57,000 miles on it. Sorry for the bad news my friend.
#19 of 84 Re: 2001 xc70 icis the other love of my life [mneiman]
Jan 23, 2010 (8:15 pm)
well wish me luck i have icis going in for a look at the trans on feb 1st i will keep everyone posted (fingers crossed)