My 2006 Volvo s60 with 117,000 miles became fairly noisy when backing up over the last 6 months. More recently, up and downshifting between 1st and 2nd is often quite rough, typically when I’m in rush hour stop and go traffic on the highway. I think it’s worse on hot afternoons. Strangely, I don’t notice it when on surface streets starting and stopping.
I haven’t gotten any error codes nor do I see a leak of transmission fluid.
I’ll see my mechanic within the month, but so I have some other perspectives:
- Do I have weeks, months, or years until I need a new transmission?
- Given the age of my car, if I replace the transmission I suspect I would go with a reconditioned transmission – in expensive California I suspect that will cost ~$4,000 – would it get me 5 years?
- This post https://repairpal.com/harsh-shifting-and-transmission-slips-063 gives me some hope that perhaps I won’t need to replace the transmission. How would I know if I need a transmission or some less significant issue causing the symptoms.