1999 Volvo S80 T6 T6 turbo from North America
A design winner, but a mechanical failure
Transmission failure twice.
Front suspension/ball joints twice.
Transmission shift lock twice.
Keyless remote is weak.
Emission sensor daily.
Dashboard display electronics.
I have not seen a car in this class that can compare to the sharp looks and comfort features of this Volvo.
The engine is fast, handling is questionable because of "comfort" adjusted ride.
That said, the style and comfort will never overcome the substantial frustration with the mechanical failures that I have experienced almost on a daily basis.
Only slightly less frustrating is Volvo's (and the dealership's) lack of "ownership" of the problem. Regardless of the cars current odometer reading, each trip to the dealer's service department yields one of two responses:
"I'm afraid that's going to be very expensive to fix" or,
"There's no problem, we checked the error code, reprogrammed, and everything is fine now"
Until next week.
This is the best car in the world if all you ever do is stay parked.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd January, 2003
21st Apr 2003, 15:49
I have had my 1999 S 80 since May 2002. It is in the shop once again, this time to the tune of $1,200.00. To date, I have spent around $2,700.00 in repairs. The struts had to be replaced, ABS module went out ($850.00), approx. $400.00 repair something to do with the fuel line, now the head gasket and oxygen sensors in the catalytic convertor needs to be replaced. I had a 1996 S90 before buying this one. We never had a moments trouble out of it. When I get rid of this one, I will never own another Volvo, not the car it once was.