1998 Volvo S80 Review from North America

1998 Volvo S80 2.9 in line 6 cylinder

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.9 in line 6 cylinder Don't Know
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired76 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord


A mechanical and customer service nightmare


Motor Mount broke and was replaced at approximately 20,000 miles.

Throttle assembly broke and was replaced at approximately 40,000 miles.

Transmission broke and was replaced at approximately 50,000 miles.

Fuel pump broke and was replaced at approximately 65,000 miles.

Door lock motors broke and were replaced.

Window motors broke and were replaced.

Multiple safety and mechanical recalls.

General Comments:

The worst car I have ever owned. The most arrogant, dishonest and inept service I have ever seen, from multiple Volvo dealers. This is not a "one-dealer" issue. Volvo dealer topped power steering reservoir with Automatic Transmission Fluid and Automatic Transmission Reservoir with Power Steering Fluid and blamed it on me, even though I have full service history of dealer-only service at each recommended service interval. I paid for the repair and Volvo would not answer my phone calls.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th May, 2003

21st May 2003, 05:27

I sympathise, sounds like a vortex of a car and I suspect not a one off either. But isn't power steering fluid and auto box fluid the SAME? It says so on the bottles sold here in Europe (mostly from Exxon Esso note..) Get behind the wheel of ANY Japanesse car and you'll be driving not fuming in a dealer and emptying your bank account too. Good luck!

Average review marks: 3.8 / 10, based on 1 review