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V70 T5 Tranny Troubles

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Re: V70 T5 Tranny Troubles

Post by precopster »

Jimmy57 (senior dealer tech) answered this one a while ago on another post and he stated that the transmissions are all the same (unless AWD of course). The gear lever and software in the TCM are unique to each model therefore all can be swapped. Best to stick to one from the same year of course as valve bodies differed greatly as years went by in an attempt to improve them.
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precopster wrote: Fri May 14, 2021 12:25 am Jimmy57 (senior dealer tech) answered this one a while ago on another post and he stated that the transmissions are all the same (unless AWD of course). The gear lever and software in the TCM are unique to each model therefore all can be swapped. Best to stick to one from the same year of course as valve bodies differed greatly as years went by in an attempt to improve them.
Alright im gonna try to find that post. Because its a transmission from a local wrecked 2000 with a 2.4 that if i can use in my 2001 T5 id get because I know for sure thats a good one.

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Post by precopster »

If they're both P2 series you're ok but if a 2000 model the only transmission that would suit your T5 '01 is from a 2000V70R and that's AWD.

The P2s were released 2001 in USA .
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Ahh ok gotcha. Been a long while, my volvo knowledge is a lil off

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Hello again 😊

My BF began writing about my 2001 V70 T5 transmission troubles in the Spring of 2018 using the moniker “VolvoLvr” (as a reference to me). After a few weeks, I took over writing, reading, and attempting to find the solution to the problem. I’m back but now using the moniker “MsRed”. I hope you're doing well - especially Abscate, SuperHerman, Precopster and Nautic_V70. I’m a moderator for a completely unrelated forum who thinks it's nice to hear back from folks about how things turned out for them. I hope y’all feel the same because the following is a three-year update :-)

I followed instructions for how to do transmission flushes (gals, it ain’t hard!) but gave up on the heap of metal due to lack of tools, local resources, and money. I changed its name from Silver Bullet to Limping Loser. Parked it on the street and changed my daily walking route to avoid going past it. Until mid-Sept 2019 when I happened to notice from afar that a large orange label attached to its window said the police would tow it away if not moved within 72 hours. With only a few hours left, that called for immediate action!

My Volvo mechanic who I've known for many years is about 30 miles north of my current home. His sister greeted the AAA tow truck and me upon our arrival. I let her know what was up, to which she solemnly looked down while shaking her head. Long story short, in early November '19, I got the "You're car's ready to be picked up." phone call. I was thrilled and after promising to pay the bill upon receiving an email invoice, I excitedly phoned a friend and treated them to dinner. Two days later, and further away from home, the dash lit up "TRANSMISSION" then the car stopped dead.

The transmission that my mechanic got was under warranty from the refurbisher. It was returned twice before I got my second call in late Jan 2020. My mechanic said he thought it might be "good-to-go" but he wanted to drive it another week. He and his GF planned to go to the beach for a few days - would I mind if they drove it there? Unfortunately, they didn’t reach their destination. I'm not sure if I heard gentle sobs or nervous laughter when he phoned to tell me.

And then there was . . . dum, dum, dum . . . COVID. Although I hadn't paid a nickel, I was apprehensive if the V70 would ever get fixed, what it might cost if it did, and what to do if it didn't get fixed. But thankfully, the passing time allowed me to hold on to saved funds for the V70, buy a 2003 V40, and my mechanic found a new/used transmission with 72,000 miles on it. I just needed to be patient.

I'm happy to report that nearly three years from my last post my V70 has returned to ME. Compared to my sprite V40 the V70 feels like handling a 747 ready for take-off. It purrs beautifully and shifts flawlessly. I’ve gone from being in love with it since I first got it, to hating it, to feeling more secure about driving it than I ever did before and can look upon it once again with affection. It's a keeper.

A few weeks or months after starting a thread activity often drops off but "Tranny Troubles" seems to have been a good title choice for others to get help as I have. A big shout out to everyone that has posted. Keep on rollin'

Thank you and kind regards to all,

:D Brenda
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Many points awarded for sticking to it, Brenda !
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Post by foggydogg »

And bonus points should be considered for revisiting the thread with a Happy Ending update.
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