It looks like there may be a transmission or transmission programming problem with Volvo S60 models with the Drve-E engine. Here’s a post on Volvo’s own support forum about the problem. MVS member odonnebj has a Drve-E problem in his 2015.5 S60 that may be related. He includes sound files in his post, but it’s hard to get a fix on what’s going on from them.
I own a 2015.5 XC70 T5 with the Drive-E engine. About 1,000 miles after my 10,000 mile service, I have started to notice a rattle coming from the front end upon hard accelerations. It’s intermittent but reproducible with enough accelerations. I first noticed it going uphill and accelerating to pass someone. It’s a brief rattle (about 1 second or so) and sounds a bit like shaking a paint can or a coffee can with marbles. Again, really brief but noticeably loud. It sounds like it’s more on the driver side. I’ve recorded it and attached a google drive link below. My phone was out the window so pardon the wind, and I took another recording with the windows up.
I took it to my dealer and they claimed they were unable to reproduce it, however after I signed the work order upon check out the tech and service advisor admitted to being able to replicate it but threw their hands up on trying to fix it. I’m at a loss. Any suggestions?
MVS Volvo forum member cathanas:
I have a 2015.5 S60 T5 with the same issue. Google “2015.5 S60 T5 clicking” and you will find more of us. Very frustrated. I was able to take my service tech for a spin and duplicated the issue. He immediately said it was detonation. Unfortunately, Volvo has no fix for the problem. I suggest you call Volvo Corporate and open a case with them.
To me, in sum, these problems sound like the programming at very slight throttle is shifting too early in the RPM range. That’s our speculation at this time.
Volvo’s Drive-E engine was made available starting on 2015.5 and newer S60, S80 T5, V60, XC60, XC90 and XC70 Volvos.