Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2nd generation XC70 has a transmission issue and the 2003 model year seems to be the worst of it. These are still solidly built and comfortable cars, but if you're looking at buying used you might be better off avoiding the 2003 unless it has already had its transmission replaced.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,200 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Volvo XC70 transmission problems

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2003 Volvo XC70 Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 012011


  • 71,000 miles


I purchased my (2003) Volvo XC70 in late 2006 from I service it regularly and do routine maintenance checks. About a month ago the car began to jerk and hesitate. I took it to the dealer and was told I needed a new transmission for $5700. The car has 71000 miles on it.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #4

Jun 102011


  • 100,000 miles
2003 Volvo XC70 transmission failure in car with 100,000K miles.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #3

Sep 012010


  • 75,000 miles
2003 Volvo xc 70 with geartronic transmission failure at 75K miles. Transmission flares when shifting gears and makes clunking noise when downshifting into first gear at stops. Transmission fluid has been changed and software reflashed, problem remains.

- Los Angeles , CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 132010


  • 125,000 miles
Volvo 2003 xc 70 transmission shifting problem, loss of 1st gear along with hard shift between 2-3rd.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #1

May 142010


  • 80,000 miles
Volvo XC70 2003 transmission is going bad with 80,000 miles on it. Needs a total replacement. Hesitates during shifting and sometimes doesn't go into gear for several seconds. Power booster to the brakes also has a seal issue causing power booster electronic vacuum to constantly run.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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