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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,959 miles

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2001 Volvo V70 transmission problems

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2001 Volvo V70 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Jul 272011

V70 5-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


I have a 2001 Volvo V70 with 110,000 miles. The transmission has been slipping for the last 2 years. Last week the car was barely drivable. My Volvo mechanic states that the transmission needs to be replaced (approx. $4700). I have heard of many other Volvo owners having the same problem.

- Rossmoor, CA, USA

problem #26

Dec 232010


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volvo V70. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds the vehicle would jerk unexpectedly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they offered no asistance. The failure mileage was approximately 105,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Milford, OH, USA

problem #25

Jun 082011

V70 5-cyl

  • 110,400 miles
My V70 always hesitates when shifting between R and D gear. And I can hear a loud clank!!! sometime it does a horrible up- or down-shifting around 25 mph. The transmission must get worse and worse since the "clank" continues everyday.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #24

Jun 282011

V70 5-cyl

  • 61,500 miles


I purchased a 2001 Volvo V7 wagon with 61,000 miles. (it was a one owner car that had been repossessed). Within a week, the car was going into neutral while I was driving on the highway and jerking. The transmission has to be replaced. Because of its age, Volvo refuses to help with the cost of replacing the transmission. Yet, no matter how old the vehicle, the transmission should have lasted much longer. Neither Volvo usa or Volvo international would help.

- Medford, OR, USA

problem #23

Apr 252011

V70 4-cyl

  • 199,000 miles
*events leading up to - random *failure - transmission shifting out of gear - no throttle response- then slamming into gear. Hard down shift / up-shift. * throttle body replaced, cvvt solenoid cleaned, tranny fluid changed.... no correction to problem.

- Taylorsville, KY, USA

problem #22

Feb 192011


  • 123,000 miles
Driving 25 mph going through the toll booth on the freeway, afterwards accelerating and immediately noticed transmission slip as the RPM gage went up and beyond 6,000 RPM. There was no sign leading up to the slipping. Afterwards I continued to drive for another 25 miles, stopped to check under the hood to see what happened. Nothing to do except drive home. The transmission continued to slip upon acceleration. The traffic began to stop and go for many miles. The transmission at some point after stopping wouldn't engage into any gear. I was unable move the car out of the fast lane. Called aaa for a tow truck and the chp. The car was towed to a Volvo repair facility where it was inspected. I was told that the transmission needed to be replaced by a new one or a rebuilt transmission, which in either case would cost in excess of $5,000. Transmission service was performed on this car 3-4 months prior to this incident. There was never any indication that the transmission was failing in this car. There were no warning lights or notices on the dash board to indicate a problem with the transmission. The vehicle is in a repair facility awaiting my decision to either replace the transmission or donate the car.

- Belmont, CA, USA

problem #21

Jan 072011

V70 5-cyl

  • 87,184 miles


Volvo V70 transmission failure for 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 model years.

- |Short Hills, NJ, USA

problem #20

Jan 012007


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volvo V70. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact stated that when the gears were shifted, he would hear a banging noise, which caused the transmission to fail. The dealer was notified and they advised the contact to take the vehicle in. The manufacturer offered no assistance. The vehicle was repaired. The current mileage was approximately 116,000. The failure mileage was approximately 90,000.

- Ardmore, PA, USA

problem #19

Aug 022010


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volvo V70. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact depressed the accelerator pedal and heard a thumping noise. The failure had been occurring since August 2010. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer had not been notified. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000 and the current mileage was approximately 132,000. Updated 02/10/11 second owner of this car. Updated 12/01/2011

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #18

Sep 172010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles
Automatic transmission on 2001 Volvo V70 2.4T - transmission service required light is on, check engine warning light is on, as well as orange exclamation. Also no delayed shifts. Got the feeling this should be a recall item. While stopped at a light or stop sign I hear the transmission "falling out of place" and shortly after the gas pedal is applied the transmission grabs with a hard slam/audible clunking noise but for a second you have no control of vehicle and if on a hill it rolls a little bit before transmission kicks in. No accidents yet, but I fear driving it at all, since the slip could result in total loss of power to the wheels while the automatic transmission shifts. I have told the service technicians at Volvo in tulsa, ok about this issue, but they have not resolved the problem. Their advice is to purchase a new car on trade-in or spend $5,000 on a new transmission. This should not be happening to Volvo even at 140,000 miles. I firmly believe the problem is a potentially deadly one in that it could happen to anyone at anytime and anywhere in stop and go traffic. Now the vehicle's electronic climate control is dead (no power to it) and the same service technicians at the same dealer now tells me it needs to be replaced for $1400. The sunroof also has a mind of its own and works whenever it wants. Sounds like a lot of electric issues at the same time which leads me to believe it is not a transmission problem but a computer/electric issue.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #17

Feb 102007


  • 90,000 miles


01 Volvo V70 wgn : trans begins banging in downshift in '07. Comes and goes until mid '09 when had trans "fixed" by trans shop. (solenoids valves replaced) still banging, but much less pronounced. Also no delayed shifts going forward as prior to fix. Check engine light just came on, so the journey continues(or doesn't) with 01 Volvo trans. Got the feeling this should be a recall item.class action anyone?

- Ardmore, PA, USA

problem #16

Feb 142009


  • miles
Automatic transmission on 2001 Volvo V70 T5 is triggering check engine warning light on dash. No significant performance problems as yet but will likely be unable to pass my next emission test due to the check engine warning light. Need to know how to solve this without replacing the transmission.

- New Rochelle, NY, USA

problem #15

Sep 092005


  • 54,000 miles
Volvo V70 2001 hesitating to change gear, problem occurs more frequently during slow commute at aprox. 20-40 miles/hr. One day driving through I-285 in atlanta, ga car suddenly stopped. Thank god I was at an exit area and was able to slide car to a non traffic area. Car was able to start engine again aprox. Within 5-10 minutes. Car problem was reported to North point Volvo, alpharetta, ga. The car had a "sensor problem" and was "corrected", per the dealer.. today car is still having problems - hesitant to change gear. I am worried it will turn off again one day. Researching in the internet found a lot of people with same problems. Volvo company should be investigated.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #14

Nov 242008


  • 80,000 miles
Transmission began slipping at about 80,000 miles. Replaced transmission last year, now jerks at 3rd gear. 92,000 miles.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #13

Oct 202008


  • 87,000 miles
The transmission of my car makes my car lurch forward when going between gears. The rpms rev up and then the gear grabs, sending my car forward in a giant lurch. After almost hitting cars in front of me several times, I now make sure to keep extra distance between myself and the car in front of me. After having the "transmission needs maintenance" and engine check lights come on, the dealer has diagnosed a problem with the electronic system that controls the transmission. I am having this replaced for $500.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #12

Oct 132008


  • 89,069 miles
Transmission slips when shifting from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd. This presents a serious hazard for collisions from the side and rear because the car does not accelerate from a stop or when crossing a street.

- Prairie Village, KS, USA

problem #11

Aug 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles
The transmission and radiator on my 2001 Volvo V70 failed and had to be replaced. I did quite a bit of research on 2001 Volvo V70 and found that many of this particular make and model have transmission failure. In my particular case, the transmission gave me "problems" several months prior to needing to be replaced. I brought the vehicle to the dealership on three separate occasions to have it looked at. Each time the repairs made no difference. On my final attempt to have the problem resolved (after the warranty had expired) I was told the transmission and radiator needed to be replaced. The consumer stated the transmission would hesitate when shifting gears. The consumer stated she is on her 3rd transmission. Updated 08/26/08.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #10

Dec 032007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
I am the original owner of a 2001 Volvo V70 station wagon with 88,000 miles on it. It has received its regularly scheduled servicing. I have brought this vehicle back to the dealer numerous times, once while under an extended warranty and now while it is no longer under extended warranty service. The reason was to have them check and repair the slipping transmission. The slip occurs between 1st & 2nd, and 2nd & 3rd. This is about the 20-40mph range. When it slips, the tran sometimes revs up to 4,000 and the engine just revs up for a few seconds, (in a stalling-like fashion) then the transmission grabs with a hard slam/audible clunking noise. I have told the dealer that this is very dangerous as it leaves you in an "out-of-control" state. They dealer can find no codes on the transmission to document the problem, but does agree that the slippage occurs. They have done S/w updates to make it shift better. We just spent $1500 on making the problem go away, but yet it is still there. The transmission has been slipping since before the last extended warranty servicing, but has recently become very much escalated since even coming out of service. I don't know how they could even have sent us home in this car with my family in it. It immediately went back for repair the next day after the $1500 servicing. No accidents yet, but I fear driving it at all, since the slip could result in total loss of power to the wheels while the automatic transmission shifts from 1st to 2nd gear. I have told the service technicians at Volvo of this concern, but they have not resolved the problem. Their advice is to purchase a new car on trade-in or spend $5,000 on a new transmission. This should not be happening to a car driving only on city streets for less than 45 minutes at a time and at only 88,000 miles. I firmly believe the problem is a potentially deadly one in that it could happen to anyone at anytime and anywhere in stop and go traffic.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #9

Jun 072007

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,654 miles
Transmission warning light appeared. Brought to dealer and the 'updated' the software which was not covered by my warranty. Car now jerks into gear. Warranty now expired, and dealer says the transmission is 'going out and time to trade up' (buy a new Volvo)

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #8

Jan 302007

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,500 miles
Beginning January 2007, our 2001 V70 would "shift hard" when shifting from "P" to "D" or from "R" to "D" or when accelerating from a low speed. We thought it was the weather causing the issue due to it being intermittent. It became worse and shift became harder. Appt in April concluded it "may be" the tcm. Software was upgraded and we were told there would be an "adjustment" period. All under warranty. Took a week to fix what was noted as only needing 30 minutes to fix. End of June, called to state same thing is happening that the issue wasn't fixed. Volvo checked warranty and contract ended just three weeks prior. July 10, took V70 in for "diagnostic" and we need a "new transmission". Volvo will not take responsibility nor see the problem as pre-existing. Nor will they see the issue as unresolved from the initial visit. No diagnostic apparently done the first time. Coincidentally dealer reported there were more issues with the car such as suspension which was fixed just recently. We had put no more than a few hundred miles on the car since the last visit and all of these issues are just appearing, coincidentally after warranty expired. There were no issues less than 60 days ago, at least none reported to us. This incident has happened to other consumers at the same dealership. Volvo is not cooperative and we had caught the mechanics in deceitful statements by "reminding" them that was already dealt with...funny how it was no longer something that needed to be fixed. The "new transmission" is still needed apparently after a total of only 80K miles on the car. It was at about 42K when we bought it in Dec of 2003.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

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