Notes: The 2005 got a minor facelift -- the good kind, not the "Hollywood" kind -- and hasn't shown much in the way of transmission problems. At least not yet.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,427 miles

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2005 Volvo XC70 transmission problems

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2005 Volvo XC70 Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 012009

XC70 5-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Transmission started clanking on the go again whenever after an abrupt stop. It has problem switching in the low gears, but is fine on the high gears when in highway. It has difficulty going between drive and reverse also. It makes a loud noise as if a hammer hit it. This car was never in an accident. It was regularly serviced by the dealer. But when this problem was first reported to them when it first started, they gave the usual suggestion like the software upgrade which I declined after reading other owners' stories of its ineffectiveness. They further refused to rebuild the transmission because they said they simply do not do that. And when question if the problem could be fixed if replacing the transmission, they said they could not promise that either. The car was then taken to a reputable local mechanic. He refused to work on the car. A 2nd mechanic changed the transmission fluid but did not really solve the problem. The Volvo dealer should have changed the transmission fluid if and when needed during the regular maintenance services. But they never did because it was characterized as unnecessary. Based on all these facts, I highly suspect the transmission on this 2005 XC70 is a faulty piece of equipment that fails prematurely.

- Westfield, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jul 062011

XC70 5-cyl

  • 149,137 miles
1. leak found in passenger-side transmission seal while car was getting regular service 2. took car to certified Volvo mechanic 3.Volvo usa told mechanic that the part, as such, is not available as a part for repair ; instead that the entire larger part, the bezel gear, which is working quite well, will have to be replaced at a cost of $2000!

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #3

Nov 292010


  • 130,000 miles
Purchased 2005 Volvo and now have 75,000 miles and began to have transmission failure. I took to dealer and spent over $3000 to fix software problem. The problem got worse and the transmission slips and then jumps into gear. I almost crashed the car in front of me. I suspect many people are having problems and hopefully no gets hurt.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 112010


  • 125,000 miles
Transmission when coming to a stop on downshift from 3,2 to 1 clucks and clucks again when restarting. It makes a hard stop and you scares you thinking you got hit with someone.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 062010


  • 78,000 miles
Our XC70 began overheating and was taken in for diag. It needs a transmission and radiator because the transmission cooler is built into the radiator and it began exchanging engine coolant with transmission fluid. This is a horrible design. Why would they not be separate like my VW touareg. This is a very expensive vehicle and now I am looking at a $7000 repair. I can't believe that after talking to the dealer and corporate Volvo that nothing will be done. The car has 78,000 miles on it. I'm so upset by this.

- Savannah, GA, USA

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