2000 Volvo S80 T6 2.8 from Australia and New Zealand
Reliable Executive European Car with Comfort and Power
This car has numerous light bulbs. Each year I have to replace at least one of them. However, it is not very expensive to replace one as it cost me around $6.00 to $50.00 (at most).
Engine Emission and Turbo charger need to be replace within my first 2 years (at 90,000 Km). However, the car is entitle for extended warranties, which I did not have to pay even a cent for the replacement (as Volvo warranties is responsible for that).
One of the most reliable European Cars in the market.
This is very luxury car with exceptional leather seats, heated seats, personal air conditioning, and considerably wide legroom for the rear passengers.
Volvo has the best service department with friendly and helpful attitudes. They are willing to check and fix some minor problems for a free of charge).
People might have an image that European Cars are expensive to maintain. The reality is differences, if you service your vehicle with dealers the fees would be very similar. The replacement items such as front passenger tray cost only $40.00 (include the labour work), light bulbs around $6.00 to $50.00, which are even cheaper than some Japanese cars.
The car is very quick, the T6 Turbo engines give out 200Kw.
The car is much more durable than some Japanese cars. Cambelt replace at 110,000 Km (My other two Japanese cars- Lexus at 85,000 Km, Accord at 95,000).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st August, 2007
2000 Volvo S80 2.9 from North America
Satisfactory Ride, mediocre reliability
66K is a cursed mark I swear. All the problems on this car occured after this mark.
First problem was the CD changer. It ate up a CD and shards of it were lodged in the player. Dealer told me they would replace the whole system at a reduced price which was a nice gesture and said the CD changer was a problem with the S80s in that model year.
70K: Alternator replaced.
72K: Battery replaced.
75K: Front right tire replaced at $200!!!
80K: Front right headlight bulbs all replaced.
88K: Power window motor replaced on passenger side door.
90K: Cruise control went. Problem fixed by dealer and seems to work even though warned by family/friends that it might be a problem.
93K: Cup-holder shattered. Dealer said could not be replaced. Tacky.
The car is excellent, but these minor problems are annoying. General design problems also annoyed me, such as rear head rests obstructing view out of the back window, sloping hood which makes it difficult to park (at first).
Remote control entry requires you to be at least 15 feet from the car. I don't understand why there is a panic button then. Compared with my fiance's Buick LeSabre which she can open from 150 feet away.
Lucked out with an extremely cooperative dealership who doesn't treat me like an idiot.
There are good points to note about this car:
-Seats are excellent, heated seats are nice
-Nice sound system
-Good power and handling
-I like the computer messages and actually have not had problems with it giving me faulty messages.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 29th January, 2006
2000 Volvo S80 2.9 from North America
This car is quite mediocre for a sedan of its class
Bought car at 50K miles. Rampant issues with electronics. Indicator lights on dashboard appear/disappear randomly. Very annoying when message such as check engine or check airbag come on because it might not be an actual problem.
Power locks on car are redundant (instead of simple lock/unlock, there is one button for the power lock and I am still confused how to operate them after 2 years).
Radio controls too elaborate. Steering wheel buttons for radio only marginal. Takes driver's eyes off road if need to be operated on the radio panel.
Remote control lock very poor. Distance that it can be operated has to be close, cannot work from beyond 20-30 feet.
Tires very poor. I was on the highway probably 6 months after I had gotten everything checked out correctly and the front right tire blew out. Frightening ordeal. Took car back to dealer, they fixed it and reduced labor charges, apologized profusely. Since then, tire has developed a "spinning" problem. I have gotten it replaced twice (at a whooping $125 a wheel).
General problems such as limited rear window view is a big problem for blind spots. Right hand blind spot is absurdly large. Headrests obstruct necesary vision for driver to make a quick shift into another lane. Sloping of car hood makes parking an issue (it needs time to get used to).
This car is fine, but maintenance is astronomical.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd January, 2006
Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 27 reviews