hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,091 miles

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2001 Volvo V70 drivetrain problems

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2001 Volvo V70 Owner Comments

problem #13

Nov 022015


  • 183 miles


There is a known safety issue with this 2001 Volvo V70 xc AWD transmission and it needs to be addressed asap. Volvo and the NHTSA both know about this ongoing problem and refuse to fix the problem. The transmistion slips bad and stops working and loses power and the dealers states the computer updates will fix the problem as even told bye the dealer its a known issue that Volvo refuses to rectify unfortunately. But this is a safty issue at this point there are so many complaints and I want to know why nothing is being done after all these years " I want a rebuilt or new safe transmission installed at the cost of Volvo for not fixing the ongoing problems they knew about back in 2001 and there complete wrong maintenance on the transmission stating not to change the fluid until 90K. I believe the NHTSA has many complaints in refrance to this same issue why is nothing being done "

- Orange, CT, USA

problem #12

May 122014


  • 128,000 miles
The ignition is shut off momentarily as the transmission attempts to downshift causing it to slip into neutral then engage the lower gear hard as the transmissions computer reestablishes control. This action is recorded on a video car camera operated by the ignitions on and off position. The hard shifting problem thought to be fixed by software update may be addressing the symptom not the cause. Acceleration is also affected at other times where the foot pedal is inoperable, but reestablished when shutting the ignition off and on. The drive train becomes wobbly after a short period of time at highway speeds making travel between cities unsafe. A clunking sound from the rear, as broken spring or loose bowling ball makes, is heard at times of mild acceleration at lower speeds. Perhaps a grounding strap my alleviate static buildup in the ignition system.

- Grass Valley, CA, USA

problem #11

May 292013

V70 5-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
I started the car, placed the car in drive gear and idled through the parking lot traffic to the intersection but the car would not accelerate through the intersection though the condition restored after I pulled over and turned off the ignition and restarted it. Then the accelerator functioned normally.had a semi truck been coming along, I would not be here to write you this letter.

- Grass Valley, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 012013


  • 127,000 miles


Transmission shifts with a clunk into 2nd and 3rd gears as well as into first. Hesitant to shift into first gear when moving from a stop. Transmission not safe!!!!

- Highland Mills, NY, USA

problem #9

Feb 042013

V70 5-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volvo V70. The contact stated that the transmission service warning light illuminated. The contact stated that the engine rpms increased and the vehicle shifted slowly, going through every gear. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the transmission needed to replace. The was not repaired. The current mileage was 113,448 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Richmond, VA, USA

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problem #8

Jul 142009


  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volvo V70. The contact stated that while braking to a stop, the vehicle erroneously shifted into neutral and then returned to drive independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The dealer stated that they needed to replace the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 135,000 and the current mileage was 178,000.

- Culver City , CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 062012


  • 170,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Volvo V70. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph, the transmission failed. The transmission service required light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where they informed the contact that the transmission needed replacing. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 170,000.

- Ham Lake, MN, USA

problem #6

Sep 202007

V70 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I had just purchased my 2001 Volvo V70 used from a reputable dealer when my wife noticed that the transmission would occasionally "slip" in and out of gear. I did not drive the car very often, so I did not experience the problem for another month or so. When you take you foot off the gas to coast or slow down for a turn the transmission completely disengages. When you push on the gas expecting to continue to keep going the engine revs - because there is no transmission engaged- and then suddenly "slams' back into gear. This condition has been with us now for several years. The car has been to the Volvo shop twice and they claimed there were no codes showing up on their test equipment...and by the way that'll be another $300! I've learned to baby the car, and drive with this dangerous condition because I know a new transmission for this car would cost more than the car is worth. After checking with edmuds, I have come to realize there are dozens if not hundreds of people out there with the exact same problem as mine, and Volvo appears to either be clueless, or not willing to do anything about it. My car has been acting this way since I purchased it with only 70,000 miles.

- Gilead, ME, USA

problem #5

Sep 102007

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,003 miles
I am now the owner of a 2001 Volvo V70 T5. I bought the car from its original owner. The car has had the automatic transmission replaced 2 times by the original owner and now I am forced to replace the transmission as well. We (original owner and myself) have had the Volvo recommended software updates, fluid flushing, and still we have been forced to change three transmissions. I have spoken with numerous Volvo mechanics and they have informed me that they are aware that their is a problem but Volvo is offering to do nothing to fix it. I am in the us army and stationed in germany, I have spoken to the Volvo mechanics here in germany and they have informed me that they can replace the transmission for 4100 euro but that they will offer no warranty as Volvo knows it is a problem. The first transmission was replaced at 51000 miles, the second at 128567 and now again I must do it at 203000. At what point will the NHTSA step up to protect us as the consumer? I have scanned the message boards and forums online and there are huge complaint pools with everyone having the same issue with the transmission. I have called Volvo na 18 times and am yet to talk to a person. Their system routes you to a dead end and then hangs up. I have even gone the route of calling Volvo in gothenburg sweden and they at least talked to me. I was told that since my car was manufactured while Volvo was owned by Ford that they (Volvo) are not responsible.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #4

Jul 282010


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Volvo V70. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the vehicle jerked violently and would not shift in or out of gear. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure who offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 97,000.

- Los Alamitos, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 282011

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles


Automatic transmission issue. At approximately 75,000 miles, shifting between gear 2 to 3 and 3 to 4 is accompanied by high rpms into neutral before engaging gear. Results in a hard shift when gear engages. Initial dealer solution was software downloads. When problem persisted and a "transmission service required" message began displaying, the dealer solution is to replace the transmission at a cost of $7500 with no explanation of what the actual underlying problem is. This is very similar to numerous complaints in the NHTSA database and other web-based Volvo forums.

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 022011

V70 5-cyl

  • 190,000 miles
Turning left out of driveway, right (passenger) ball joint separated, pulling the cv joint apart and damaging the right front fender. I moved a total of three feet.

- South Haven, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 012004


  • miles
2001 V70 did not shift properly and clunked in and out of gear. Consumer was told that the stabilizer motor mount was faulty. The throttle body, cam shaft sensor and vacuum boost sensor needed to be replaced.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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