1999 Volvo S80 2.0 turbo 5 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand
Lovely, but so so unreliable. BEWARE
To be honest, I cannot remember. Well, I can, it's just there were so many things that went wrong.
We only covered 5,000km over a year because it was always going wrong. (we usually covered 25,000).
Things included engine mount, ABS braking system, Air Flow sensors, oxygen sensors, door locks (at $600 per unit!!!), Cruise control, fuel sensor (or something like that), transmission, (and the thing that controls the idle revving), accelerator control module... the list continues.
Thankfully we bought this car to replace our spare car (a Saab 900s, which my sister kindly put through a fence), as we would have been completely stuck if this was our main car. We spend about $8,000 USD on repairs over an 8 month period (that is not a joke!).
Oh, we also had light bulbs blowing all the time, and the CD player was also faulty.
Some of the faults, like the ABS and Airflow, needed replacing on more than one occasion.
The car was smooth and elegant. The 2.0 litre turbo could get up and go if pushed, but was nicer driving at highway speeds.
Had very good safety features, and had a lovely design. Of course, this was worth nothing when it was continually needing thousands of dollars of repairs, or when the accelerator module would fail at intersections; it would stop accelerating and do a sort of bunny hop - a brilliant party trick it liked doing when performing a quick maneuver in front of a truck!
Please just take my advice, and be extremely careful when buying this car.
Admittedly, the car was a Singapore import, so who knows what it had been through? I've heard the NZ New ones are better, (i.e not imported), but seriously don't believe it's worth it. Stay clear.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th April, 2008