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Volvo V70 Transmission Problems



  • vwilssonvwilsson Posts: 2
    I just heard that Palisades Volvo, in NY, is covering all transmission related issues for all models manufactured between 1999-2006. Volvo is using them as a central processing HUB to adjudicate all mechanical failures associated with the transmission. The number to call is:

    (845) 689-3300 or email anyone of the service staff listed on their site:
  • vwilssonvwilsson Posts: 2
    I just heard that Palisades Volvo, in NY, is covering all transmission related issues for all models manufactured between 1999-2006. Volvo is using them as a central processing HUB to adjudicate all mechanical failures associated with the transmission. The number to call is:

    (845) 689-3300 or email anyone of the service staff listed on their site:
  • This a well know problem. IPD sells a B4 servo upgrade for about $20 that fixes this. A descent mechanic can do it in 15 minutes. For some reason Volvo will not touch it, only replace the tranny.
  • dlvolvodlvolvo Posts: 1
    Hello, I have a 2003 V70 with about 120k miles on it that just started doing the exact same thing. I have a volvo mechanic who I trust and he can't figure out what it could be. Did you figure yours out? My husband is also suspecting software.
  • I am grateful for this info. I have been dealing with UNION PARK VOLVO, Wilmington, Delaware for months now. They just blew me off, saying that "some cars can never be fixed." And, "sometimes, we just cannot get figure out what is wrong." After just one visit, my local mechanic told me my transmission was shot -- not even 100k! He told me to get rid of it.

    Is Palisades covering ALL Volvos? Or, just those that they sold?

  • nmpacellanmpacella Posts: 2
    Our 2001 V70 T5 started with the same symptoms. We bought it about 2 years ago with 80k. Just in the past two months, after it hit 103K, we started having issues. It did a hard shift between 2nd and 3rd, usually when decelerating and then accelerating again. It seemed to get stuck in between, the tach would rev, and then would engage harshly after we started to apply gas. We had it checked out and our independent mechanic, whom we bought it from, could not replicate our experience at first. I went with him for a drive when it started getting worse and he said that we might need to start a fund to replace it. He said he had heard of problems with the XC but not the V series. From what I have read recently, we are not alone. Just today it completely lost traction and boy does it smell.
  • nmpacellanmpacella Posts: 2
    Someone with a beef with Palisades would be my guess.
  • Our Volvo's transmission totally died. This was NOT diagnosed by the Volvo dealer -- they "could not duplicate the problem." In fact, the owner of, Union Park Volvo in Wilmington DE, told me it was likely caused by the emissions. He actually blamed government standards being too strict on car emissions!! Nut job!

    My local mechanic, in about 5 minutes, diagnosed the problem as a faulty transmission. Within a day, the car just died. We called Volvo of America. They said they would look into it, but very likely not cover it as my car had nearly 100k miles on it, and because I was out of warranty. We simply traded it in, warts and all, for a used BMW 5 Series wagon. I'm told that BMW's actually last, and that BMW stands behind their cars. I'm soooooo done with Volvo. Good luck!
  • vengeanceisvengeanceis Posts: 9
    edited June 2010
    nmpacella, and everyone XC70/V70 2001 having 2-3rd gear flare, mark my words: "B4 servo cover"

    and of course beautiful man Howard

    check against your chassis number

    it was a $165 job at the dealer(!).. the part is actually $18 bucks, $130 was an hour of labour (there is a DIY too, if you wish)... and here you enjoy your car again.
  • My V70 with 123,000 miles now (about 50k of those are mine) sits at the dealer, awaiting a "new" transmission. It was there about a month ago and got the famous software update that potentially might have resolved the problem. (Which was mysterious downshifting at odd times, and more often, "clunking" into gear when shifting from reverse to drive, or when accelerating out of a turn.) From the description, the update was supposed to stop what had been Volvo's intended sequence of actually having the transmission go into neutral in those situations between de-acceleration and acceleration.
    It seemed to work for about a week, but now there it sits, on transplant row. No love from Volvo and I'm about to shell out $5000.
    My burning question is - if Volvo's software was designed to do what it was doing (that neutral thing), would that have actually been the cause of the damage that has now resulted in the failure of the transmission? The dealer is treating these things as two unrelated issues. It just seems driving the car for 123k miles with software that was telling the hardware to do something "unhealthy" the whole time had to have had some effect on the hardware. To me it's like a doctor telling a smoker of 50 years that his lung cancer still would have found him, regardless of whether he quit smoking 49 years ago or not because they don't have anything to do with each other. But...what do I know? Maybe my problem was not heeding the symptoms soon enough. Anyway, that's my experience. If anyone has specific insight into it or can benefit from it, there you go.
  • lulu4lulu4 Posts: 10
    I have the same problem Have you gotten any response?
  • p22luvrp22luvr Posts: 1
    I read on a previous post that Palisades Volvo in either NY or NJ is covering all transmission failures for Volvo NA. I heard that they are trying to keep it "hush hush", so you've got to push them hard on the issue.

    Good luck.
  • hatemycar2hatemycar2 Posts: 3
    edited August 2010
    I can't believe that Volvo isn't standing behind their obvious transmission problem in the 2001 XC70. Mine went out at around 35,000 miles (out of warranty due to time, this is our third vehicle so not driven a lot) and they wouldn't do anything about it. The local dealership felt bad (I met the owner) and paid me a token amount but I'm not satisfied. Yesterday I saw a friend who HAD the same car and she said her transmission died at less than 40K and she had the same issues. Coincidence? Really? Same town, same cars, approximately same mileage. I'm going to start asking every person I see with this car if they have had the same problems. It has been over two years, but I'm still feeling very cheated. I bought this car based on Volvo's reputation but I feel duped. Corporations that won't stand behind their poor manufacturing need to be boycotted. I have already lost them at least 2 sales by people asking me about my car and me telling them the truth about it. They were both considering buying one but I am very convincing and changed their minds. You are welcome Volvo!
  • Do not give up and don't take the "token" that the dealership gave you as final. This is seemingly a very common issue with Volvos for a period of about 4 years (from what I can tell). There hasn't been a federal recall because no one or not enough people have had a horrific death related to the issue which was publicized. Continue to hammer at the dealership, contact customer service at Volvo North America and get them involved (Bill Casey: If you have to drag the dealership through the internet mud by posting on every Volvo blog out there, do so, and let them see the posts and all the supportive replies. Be vigilant, consistent, and keep good notes on the issue, dates, everything. My '01 XC is on it's 3rd transmission and it first started at 73K and now the car has 85K miles on it. I originally wanted an Audi Allroad, but bought this car based upon a slightly lower price and "Volvo's reputation". I while I've had it, there's no way I was going to take these design/manufacturing flaws laying down. Again, keep at them and don't take "no" for an answer. Good luck.
  • lulu4lulu4 Posts: 10
    Have a 2005 v70 with the same problem. They changed my fluids, did the software update but I still have the clunking and I'm sure the transmission is about to go.
    Would never buy a Volvo again.
  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    When you sell your Volvo and shop for a new car, make sure you don't buy a Ford, Audi, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Volkswagon, Chevy, Nissan or Hyundai. They all use Aisin automatic transmissions too.

    And don't forget that Honda and BMW are known for automatic transmission problems too.

    Good thing Fiat is returning to the US! ;)
  • Thanks for your encouragement. I am going to contact Volvo again and I have to take my car in this week because once again the "service required" light has gone on. I'll speak to the dealership owner and try once again. I too purchased based on the quality and safety reputation. Being stranded with a 7 year old and a 14 year old labrador at the bottom of a steep, secluded canyon (with no cell coverage) wasn't what I call "safe". We walked, dragging the poor dog, up a steep two miles to the nearest house to call for a tow. I guess it could have been worse, but I'm still pretty bitter about the attitude Volvo took towards their obvious problem. Should have bought the Subaru Outback that I really loved instead of going with my husband's choice.
  • lulu4lulu4 Posts: 10
    Just called Vovo NA to complain that I need a new transmission in my V70 2005.
    My dealership went through all the things you read about software upgrade, fluid change etc, now want $5000 for new trans
    all along I kept telling them I thought it was the transmission but they kept saying no.
    Anyway Volvo NA said all I can do is complain to the National Highway Safety
    1-800-4249393. They are taking complaints and could possibly force a recall. The more calls the better.
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