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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,297 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Volvo S40 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Volvo S40 Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 162004


  • 44,594 miles


When accelerating vehicle would down shift gears. The dealership will be notified. The dealer have not been able to duplicate the problem. The transmission jerking occurred, the engine light would come on. There would be a burning oil smell, the gear shifter would not release and would stick intermittently, the steering wheel squeaked and was unable to be duplicated, the windshield wipers would squeak, and the speaker was erratic. Trhe battery was replaced, the tail lights were out, the windshield was replaced.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 032001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This is the second transmission failure in the first seven months of ownership. The dealer reports that it is a transaxle problem, and they "have no idea why it is happening" (sic). The first time this occurred my husband was driving 55 mph when a loud screeching began, and the car began to shudder, supplying power off and on to only one wheel, jerking the car around the road with minimal control, almost causing a major accident. The second occurrence happened at 40 miles per hour, the same loud screech, followed by an immediate loss of power, forcing us to coast across 4 lanes of rush hour traffic to get to the curb. This problem has no warning and poses a serious threat to our safety whenever we drive this car.

- Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA

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