1999 Volvo S80 t6 from North America
An expensive lesson
Constant electronic/mechanical problems.
Struts replaced @ 73,000 miles
Throttle body replaced @ 74,000 miles
Alternator replaced @ 75,000 miles
Oxygen sensor on the horizon.
This vehicle was suppose to be our "reliable" car. We both own cars from the 60's & 80's & bought this modern luxury based on the reputation of Volvo & their "high mileage" club thinking it could be our "road trip" car . As it turns out, it is the least reliable car I've ever owned & fits better into a "high cost of owning" club. We have spent more on this car in the last 10 month than both the other cars we own in the last 2 years! There is constantly a warning light of some sort on in the vehicle regardless of whether or not we have it serviced at the dealer or specialist.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 26th December, 2003
We purchased a brand new Volvo S80 from a Volvo dealer in May, 1999. We have had the following problems with the car.
1. At about 10,000 miles, the right front wheel bearing failed. It was replaced under warranty.
2. Just before the conclusion of the warranty (30,000 miles) the engine started to miss fire and run rough. The car was serviced under warranty, (a coil was replaced) but the car had to be returned for further service because the problem reoccurred. The service performed was the replacement of an injector.. The problem resurfaced a few hundred miles later and the warranty had expired. Because the problem was a preexisting one, the dealer agreed to continue working to solve the problem. After about three days, the car was returned to us and the engine has been performing well. The repair was to move the cables in the ignition harness. The car was in the shop a total of 5 days to resolve this problem.
3. At about 40,000 miles, a severe thumping sound developed when the car was riding on a bumpy surface. Various suspension parts had failed and replaced at a cost of over $800.
4. An ABS warning light comes on occasionally. The service manager advised us that this indication was for a failure in the ABS system and would not affect normal braking. He suggested that, unless the warning appeared frequently, we should not undertake any repair because the replacement of the ABS unit would be very expensive.
5. At about 50,800 miles the turn signals stopped operating. The steering wheel module had to be replaced at a cost of $340.