This is an interesting forum discussion about Volvo’s manual transmissions. From durability to feel, manual transmissions have some distinct performance differences than automatics:
I am going to drive a 5 speed V70 and a 6 speed V70R. What am I looking for when I drive these cars? Should manual transmissions shifting action be very well defined or can I expect a bit of rubberiness in the action? Clutch take up, half pedal and strong?
I’ve never driven a non-RWD manual Volvo and don’t know how it should feel.
Both of those cars will have self adjusting clutch covers that have little clutch pedal feel change even when the disc is worn to the rivet heads. This assumes no replacement clutch kit that deleted the SA clutch cover.
You should have good take up feel at about 1/2 travel and easy shifts between gears. Keep pedal depressed for 2 minutes and then see if clutch take up spot changes due to leaking slave or master cylinder. Release pedal with gearbox in neutral with foot off pedal. Wait a minute (engine running) and then depress pedal and immediately select 1st or R to see if it grinds from incomplete release.
Thanks Jimmy. Stick shifts are rare beasts and I appreciate the evaluation procedure.Is it your experience the Volvo sticks and clutches are pretty bullet proof? I’ve got 150k on mine, all original, drives and shifts like new.