1999 Volvo S80 Reviews - Page 9 of 15

1999 Volvo S80 from North America

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Distance when acquired117000 miles
Most recent distance132000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

The car has a lot of electrical problems

Faults:

Hi Everyone:

My husband bought me a 1999 S80 Volvo as a gift to me for Christmas. I have ALWAYS loved this model Volvo. I didn't want any other car on any lot, but this car. It is a hunter green color, which I really loved about the car.

The car had 117,000 miles and now has 132,000.

About a month after driving the car, we noticed the CHECK ENGINE light. It said "service engine soon". We had the car checked and were told that the car needed a rear 02 sensor. We had that replaced for $281 and thought we were okay.

In less than 3 weeks the light comes back on. We have taken it to the dealer and they said that it was a recall on the Throttle, so they repaired that and the CHECK ENGINE light went off---for only 3 days! After three days, the light is back on! We now hear that we need another 02 sensor replaced.

Well, I also noticed that my gas tank is always empty, and I can put $30 in and I know that gas prices have gone up, but I was noticing that it was running out fast! I had been putting gas in the tank and the gauge would move a little, but I still thought I was driving all the gas out---not true!!! I tried to pump gas yesterday and my tank was FULL, but my gas light is on showing EMPTY!

Now I will not know how much gas I have in my tank! This car has not made us very happy. That will be more money, along with replacing the O2 sensor!

General Comments:

I will say that I love the body style of the car, and the wheels. I love the seats, and the stereo system. The car has a lot of room in the back seat and the trunk has space also.

I love those things about the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th July, 2006

11th May 2009, 19:04

I've owned 2 Volvo's. A 1989 240 and a 1999 S80. I put 200k miles on the 240 then traded it on the S80. I now have 120k miles on the S80... They are great cars.

However... 1999 was the first year of the S80. This was a complete makeover for Volvo. This model has had several pesky little issues similar to your O2 sensor... I've had my share with my car but it's a very solid car that will take you to 200k miles.

I strongly suggest you find a good Volvo repair shop (other than the dealer). If the prior owner didn't keep up on maintenance, you might have some catching up to do.

1999 Volvo S80 T6 from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

Nice riding car, but stay away... too many problems!

Faults:

This vehicle has extremely high maintenance costs. At 26,000 miles stop safely and restart warning started; At 30k faulty swaybar link; At 34K front pad and rotors worn; ($500.00 repair;) Electrical problem with blinkers at 38k; Thermal fan replacement (recall) at 39k) Water Condensation in headlamp at 37k; (not a major problem, but can't be fixed unless new headlamp is purchased.) ETM at 55k replaced $1000.00 cost - Volvo reimbursed; Heavy oil leak at 55k both turbo return line seals leaking $537.00; Front brake pad worn out again at 58k; CVVT solenoid, front and rear oxygen sensors, possible CVVT unit total cost $2500.00 at 58k. Left front ball joint wear and front sway bar link rod worn;

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th March, 2006

1999 Volvo S80 2.9L 2.9L from North America

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.9L Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance117000 miles

Summary:

There are definitely better cars out there

Faults:

Plastic interior pieces have broken, cracked or come out of place.

Ignition/starter failure.

General Comments:

This car has been just OK.

The suspension is far too rough and older volvos are much better in this regard.

The brakes are super sensitive and new drivers must get used to them at low speeds; break in period results in choppy ride.

Steering feel can only be described as POOR. provides no road feel, and is just very mechanized feeling.

Horrible visibility when parking, going in reverse, or general driving. the seats are way too bulky with huge headrests that tend to get in the way. also the rear pillars are far too wide and obstruct vision.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2006

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 51 reviews