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I have located a 2001 XC V70 for a song, and it has a perfect service history with a dealer. I'm very impressed with the condition. It has 116K miles. <p>I am concerned however how much this car is going to cost me to own. I currently drive a Mazda 3, which I bought after I bought an S40 T5. The S40 was quite an unreliable car. I have not had to do a darn thing to the mz 3. <p>I can essentially do an even trade with my Mz3 on it. <p>What should I look out for? Is this an expensive car to own if it's been very well serviced in the past?
 

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Re: Considering a 2001 V70 XC but have a question or two (petero1ks40)

<B>Don't even consider it unless it's had a new transmission installed</B> (and recently)!<br>Do yourself a favor, go to <A HREF="http://www.XC70.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.XC70.com</A> and ask this there.<br>01's are generally VERY bad 1st year model cars, 75%+ have already had new transmissions installed.<br>They had a problem with the OEM tranny software which basically wipes almost every one of them out.<p> 01's are cheap, <B>no one wants them</B>
 

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Hey JRL you'd probably know the answer to this:<p>Did they ever upgrade software so that it doesn't destroy the tranny if you get it in early enough? I found a 26k mile '01 with the geartronic option automatic. Is the damage inevitable or can this one be saved and made to last a reasonably long time?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>LloydDobler</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hey JRL you'd probably know the answer to this:<p>Did they ever upgrade software so that it doesn't destroy the tranny if you get it in early enough? I found a 26k mile '01 with the geartronic option automatic. Is the damage inevitable or can this one be saved and made to last a reasonably long time?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Anything's possible. Surely this will help a ton.<br>If you get to the trans early enough,<B> keep it clean with <U>flushes</U> and software it has a fighting chance.</B><br>Flushing it early and often is even more imporetant.<br>Just remember it's not just the trans, 01's just have issues that were worked out in 02 and more were worked out every year thereafter.
 

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Thanks for helping with this. The thing drove great on my first test drive. It was just astonishing that a car with 116K miles drove that nice. <p>Then I started doing my research. The update was never applied, and the techs at that dealer said that car wasn't affected as it showed no symptoms. He repeated that it had a perfect service history and nothing was wrong. <p>Then I had my mechanic look at it. OMG. Rear diff leaking, front angle gear leaking, suspension problems, etc. Overall $1500 of work. They said the trans was fine too. <p>Then I drove it back to the dealer, and drove it hard in stop and go traffic. The transmission made the worst sound each time I stopped hard as it shifted. I really think I barely made it back to the dealer. <p>The dealer denied everything, and I asked him to go drive it himself, as the transmission was about to fall out onto the road. He handed me the keys to my mazda and said "have a nice day." <p><br>Nightmare. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> Spent about 4 hours yesterday with all of this, and I wanted that car so bad. What a great car this would have been if they had got it right. <p>Great advice everyone. My mechanic and this forum just saved me about 6500 dollars worth of work on a car. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emlove.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>
 

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Hello,<p>I'm in the exact same situation but the tranny has been changed 20k miles ago. The car now has 116k miles with new timing belt, tensioner, etc..<p>CarFax can be seen at: <A HREF="http://www.carfax.com/viewEmailReport.do?a=xb%2FHfwNkxuBgdhikBiB7T7Hd%2Bv88CJr91aVCHcHbvgZIcX5x2qyAptbDgDaCTSi3&language=EN" TARGET="_blank">http://www.carfax.com/viewEmai...ge=EN</A><p>Here is the add: <A HREF="http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/cto/1109805720.html" TARGET="_blank">http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pe....html</A><p>What do you think? Am I taking big risks?<br>Thanks in advance!<br>
 

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I think it's safe to say that anyone is taking a risk buying a used '01 GT. <p>If however you're dead set on an '01, take JRL's advice: know what you're getting into and make sure the transmission has been replaced with the proper software update and subsequent flushes every 30k with the <B>appropriate transmission fluid</B>.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>thesternowl</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">If however you're dead set on an '01, take JRL's advice: know what you're getting into and make sure the transmission has been replaced with the proper software update and subsequent flushes every 30k with the <B>appropriate transmission fluid</B>.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I have an '01. Have just under 100k miles. Tranny fluid has been changed at 30, 60, 90k. No tranny issues yet. Is failure imminent? What is the TNN on the software update so I can see if this was done.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>TWMn</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I have an '01. Have just under 100k miles. Tranny fluid has been changed at 30, 60, 90k. No tranny issues yet. Is failure imminent? What is the TNN on the software update so I can see if this was done.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>You would know if it is, believe me. It will often be slow to engage into drive and slip through the gears (especially from 2nd to 3rd).<p>I was the second owner of mine(bought with 68k on the clock) and after mine started to go awry, I flushed the tranny with the Volvo "synthetic" and probably got further than I should have since I don't believe the previous owner ever flushed it. For the record, mine is a 2001 build, MY '02 and started exhibiting this behavior from about 80k through 107k , progressively getting worse until I got it replaced...$$$$... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>That being said, it sounds like you have maintained yours very well and there have been a few stories of '01 transmissions with over 100k and still strong...but I would say your strict adherence to the proper flushing has gotten you where you are <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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