2002 Volvo S80 Review from North America

2002 Volvo S80 Elite T6

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission T6 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired3600 miles
Most recent distance10251 miles
Previous carVolvo 740

Summary:

Too much for too little!

Faults:

Problems persist with the exterior mouldings around the windows. It chips off like fingernail polish.

Difficulty seeing out of rear windows due to the size of the head rests (Elite model has the video screens on the back side of the head rests).

Problems with the radio fading in and out, although the problem never surfaces for the dealer.

Rubber mouldings inside the car pulling away from the interior metal around the door.

Fabric around the mirror on the passenger side is pulling away from the mirror.

General Comments:

Overall, the car is fine.

However, for the price, the quality and durability of this car do not match up. My old 740 is more durable than the S80 T6 I have now.

The leather seats are nice, but there are a few pressure points that will soon wear through the leather.

I wish my husband had consulted with me before he paid for the car in full.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th October, 2003

9th Jan 2004, 19:01

I also looked at the S80 Elite, and was excited over the soft drink cooler in the rear armrest and the twin T.V.s - but soon realized as the driver I would never get to enjoy either of these nifty features, therefore I bought another Ford product, a 2003 Town Car and have been very happy with it. It has no flaws in quality related interior trim and is much smoother riding than the S-80 I drove.

30th Sep 2004, 21:26

Regarding the previous comment, expect your transmission to fail before 100k miles, along with the suspension system, and don't be surprised if the engnine starts buring oil with a smokey exhaust after 100k miles, IF those issues wait that long. Also, the Town Car is actually MORE expensive to buy new than the S80. I find this interesting since the Town Car is an American car made with mostly domestic parts borrowed from the Crown Vic (aka generic Ford parts), yet the Volvo is foreign and mostly original to itself (no borrowed chassis, engine, etc...)

5th Jan 2005, 13:37

My Certified warranty DOES NOT COVER to my surprise a necessary software upgrade, even though it will be required to UNJAM a jammed pressure switch in the transmission.

Furthermore, Volvo charges the following when their certified warrantly does not cover this problem.

$ 90 - to diagnose the issue

$ 90 - to install software to fix the problem

$ 25 - for the software itself.

THANKS!

Average review marks: 5.4 / 10, based on 1 review