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Experience:  I've been working on Import and European vehicles for 15 years. Diagnostic is my specialty.
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I have a 1998 Volvo S70 T5 Limited Edition w/automatic

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I have a 1998 Volvo S70 T5 Limited Edition w/automatic trans. When I had 100K service done a year or so ago by independent mechanic that specializes in (as in ONLY works on) Volvos, I was told that manufacturer does not recommend replacing transmission fluid. It just seems like good preventive maintenance to change out transmission fluid (especially using a full synthetic type) in an 18 yr old car with 100K+ miles on (my Infiniti had to have entire transmission replaced at 100K miles!) it but if manufacturer says otherwise, I would expect Volvo to know what is best for this particular car. I cannot recall any other car I have owned over the past 47 yrs that factory service schedule did not include replacing auto trans fluid... but this is only my second Volvo. Whatcha think? THANX.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Volvo
Expert:  internal88 replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I'm Brandon - Volvo tech.

Yes, I Volvo does not require the transmission fluid to be changed.

Expert:  internal88 replied 1 year ago.

However from my 20 years of experience it is wise to change the transmission fluid. Like all fluid the chemical will eventually break down.

Expert:  internal88 replied 1 year ago.

I have seen torque converter and valve body needs replacement due to not changing the transmission.

This is why I recommend my customer to change it. Make sure you only use transmission fluid from Volvo.

Expert:  internal88 replied 1 year ago.

Please rate me positive for the prompt service, Thank you.