The problems started almost immediately and have been on going to date. Never have spent more money for a vehicle nor have I spent more to maintain one. We have again and again had expensive maintenance performed that did not correct the problems. Through what appears to be faulty diagnostic software combined with poor design quality we have spent literally thousands of dollars replacing parts that never needed to be replaced.
Again this is the situation. When the transmission service light appeared we immediately contacted the dealership & where told to bring it in. We were given an estimate of price & what was required. We got a second opinion & were told the same solenoid would need to be replaced and that a second solenoid also prone to fail should be replaced at the same time. Going against better judgment, but given a lower estimate from the dealership, I called to schedule the work. I asked about the second solenoid & was told our car had only one. Work was done and I was told the car was tested and check out just fine. Didn't get one mile from the dealership and the light returned. They now claimed another solenoid did exist & needed to be replaced. $1700 wasted, the problem is still not corrected. We need a $4,000 transmission which the dealership feels bad about, but unwilling accept any responsibility.
Since Volvo will not stand behind its product we will cut our losses & move on to a more reliable vehicle. Given the resale value of this year and model they are well aware of the problem.