Tag: sloppy shifting

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2011 V50 Geartronic is “Lazy”

I bought my 2011 V50 T5 a year ago with 40k on it. Ever since I’ve owned it the Geartronic mode of my automatic transmission has not been snappy with its upshifts. Down shifts are fine. Whenever I tap the shift lever back for a downshift, the transmission immediately complies. But upshifting is another matter. Every now and then when I tap the shift lever forward in geartronic mode the transmission will go ahead and upshift, but more often than not it will not respond at all and I’ll have to tap it forward repeated times to get it to finally shift to a higher gear (2nd to 3rd, 3rd to 4th, etc.). Meanwhile the engine is winding out and I’ll have to decelerate and coast while trying to get a shift to happen, or shift back into automatic mode and forget about shifting manually altogether.
I had a software update done on the car in the fall and that seemed to help for a time, but now its back to how it was. I hardly use geartronic mode because it’s so lazily compliant as to be no fun.