I currently drive my third Volvo - a 2012 S80 T6 (I miss my 98 s70 T5 more than anything). My car has always had the quirky transmission characteristics. Engine flaring, jerky and inconsistent shifts. The worst one of them all is the car refuses to down shift from second to first when rolling at slow speeds so when I go to accelerate again it thuds down into first gear. The car had the TCM reprogrammed at 70k. It now reads 125k on the odometer. I've done my best to drive gingerly by always coming to complete stops to help mitigate the wear and tear on the transmission. However just recently the car started what feels like to me like slipping into gear going up from first to second. My fear is its on its way out.
My question is if the AWTF-80 transmission characteristics and qualities had/have been ironed out at all in the newer model years that they were used.
I'm looking at getting out of this car to avoid a transmission replacement and into something new (to me) and I have a 2015.5 S60 R-Design Platinum on my radar. However if all of these transmissions have the same qualities across the board I may shy away.