hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,783 miles

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2002 Volvo V70 transmission problems

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2002 Volvo V70 Owner Comments

problem #9

Jan 162012

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,549 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Volvo V70. While driving approximately 10 mph, the transmission hesitated excessively and the warning indicator began to illuminate on the instrument panel. The warning indicator remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 126,549. Updated 02/22/12 the dealer replaced the transmission. Updated 03/12/12

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 102010

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Volvo V70. The contact stated the vehicle started changing gears and began to jerk with force. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told the transmission failed. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 140,000. Updated 07/20/11 updated 08/01/11

- Maple Glen, PA, USA

problem #7

Mar 192011


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Volvo V70. The contact stated when the vehicle shifted into drive there was a delay before it would accelerate. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for a software upgrade but that did not remedy problem. A transmission mechanic confirmed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The contact stated that this was a known failure and was concerned since the manufacturer was unable to rectify the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 012010


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Volvo V70. The contact stated that the vehicle would independently switch gears and remain stuck in third gear. The check engine warning light was also illuminated. The contact did not inform the dealer or manufacturer of the failure. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who advised the contact that the vehicle was not repairable and if he was to replace the transmission, the failure would recur. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 130,000 and the failure mileage was 100,000.

- Alabaster, AL, USA

problem #5

Jan 012010


  • 90,000 miles
Improper shift of automatic transmission from reverse to drive and in certain slowing down condition which cause car to lurch (slow down as in making a right/left turn). Dealer first stated that problem was with onboard software, now saying the car needs a new transmission. Internet search concludes that this is not an isolated condition.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 062010


  • 97,000 miles
Transmission began slipping around 90,000 miles. Changing from 2nd to 3rd was a pressurized build up resulting in a lunge forward or bucking of vehicle. Several times trying to get across traffic lanes almost resulted in near crash due to transmission not changing gear. Putting car in gear resulted in a bucking forward or lunge. Volvo advised a new transmission but advised us of a computer download that might fix the problem. After the download the car drove great for about three weeks. Then it began again. When on a trip the jerking in changing was so violent the gas line was forced loose from the fuel filter causing a stall in traffic. Fortunately we were able to push the car out of traffic and waited for a mechanic to arrive to re-install the line to the filter. Volvo dealer was about three miles down the road but refused to come out stating too much going on and that they could help but would wait until the next day since so close to 5 pm. Independent mechanic came to help. A new trans was installed but with less than 5000 miles the problem seems to be coming back. Also the brake booster went out. A failed recalled part left us stranded when we first bought the car and we paid the towing fees to Volvo.

- Jamestown, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 152010


  • 83,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Volvo V70. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph the vehicle down shifted and lost power. The contact had to apply pressure to the accelerator pedal so that the vehicle would increase in speed. After a few a minutes, the transmission warning light illuminated and there was a loss acceleration. The contact was able to continue driving to her destination. The dealer was not informed about the failure and stated the that there were no recalls and didn't acknowledge the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 83000 and the current mileage was 84100.

- Pico Rivera, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012006

V70 5-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Volvo V70. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle sputtered and the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle did not lose power. The Volvo dealer diagnosed the vehicle as needing the electronic throttle module replaced. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 78,000.

- Rural Hall, NC, USA

problem #1

Aug 022003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,500 miles
Three times during the month of August vehicle violently jumped forward into traffic. Dealer said there was a problem with a valve in the transmission. Windows squeak when rolled down. Steering wheel boot was not in place.

- Estes Park, CO, USA

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