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Volvo S80 Transmission Problems

370 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2000 or newer Volvo S80. 27 of these members (7.3%) have reported transmission repairs for their car. A total of 35 transmission repairs to Volvo S80s--an average of 0.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. To see how frequently Volvo S80 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

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Percentage of Volvo S80 repairs by problem area

Chart based on 426 repairs.

Volvo S80 transmission repair cost distribution

Chart based on 57 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2009 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

235-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

32000 mi   Transmission has shudder when vehicle is cold. Left car with dealer overnight and told there was no problem. Second time in for this issue. 

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2008 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

235-horsepower 3.2L I6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

88660 mi   Shuddering and Jerking was being experienced when driving between 40-80km and during gear shifts (automatic transmission). Transmission system changed 

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2001 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 268hp 2.8L I6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

125930 mi US $40 2nd rebuilt transmission replacement went bad after about 30 miles...towed back to original repair shop...tranny replaced again (transmission #4). Paid $40.00 to flush coling system.  
126000   I purchased this car in Nov 2010. It is again in the same shop for the 5th time...to replace the transmission. Yes, this will be the 5th time the transmission has been replaced. They can't seem to get it right...towed 5 times. 
136000   The 5th transmission is now slipping, just like all the others...only a matter of time...yet another tow expense...I will soon be trding this vehicle in...days with Volvo are about over...(and with my local auto repairman as well). 

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2001 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

194-horsepower 2.9L I6 4-speed automatic FWD

230000 mi US $200 Replaced the seals on the transmission. Transmission had a slow leak. Could have gone another six months with this problem but decided to replace now as preventative. 

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2000 Volvo S80

Engine not specified

140000 mi US $400 Transmission Service Urgent code. S1 code suggests Shift Solenoid problem. Replaced and problem still exists, mechanic says transmission needs replacement. Couldn't have told me $400 earlier, now I have new solenoid and no tranny. DO NOT BUY A VOLVO! 
166000 US $450 The car would not shift. Cable had broken inside. Replaced with used shifter 
119500 US $12000 tranny clutches burnt up 

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2000 Volvo S80 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 268hp 2.8L I6 4-speed shiftable automatic FWD

131000 mi US $500 transmission seal replaced. 

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1999 Volvo S80 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder hybrid automatic 2WD

185380 mi €300 Leaking seal of drive axle in gearbox 

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1999 Volvo S80 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder automatic 2WD

119700 mi US $300 and CV axle coupling were leaking. Took 4 days to repair because parts had to be ordered. $15 parts the rest was labor 

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