2001 Volvo S80 2.9L I6 from North America
Not worth it
Between 22,000 miles and 50,000 miles while the warranty was still in effect, many parts had to be replaced, too many to count. Big things though that just are mind boggling for such low miles though, were that struts in the suspension were replaced multiple times, and same with bushings and some bearings. Also light bulbs go out on a monthly basis, and the same with fuses.
Now between 96,000 and 104,000 is that the brakes make this hissing sound that no mechanic has been able to figure out, at 99,000 it needed a new transmission, also it has a low oil pressure problem that also can't be figured out. Also EVERYTHING rattles.
This car is very comfortable, and it handles like no other, but it is just unreliable. It's also not a fast car by any means, I could lose a drag race to a bus.
For how much it cost in the beginning to how much it costs to keep it going, it's just not worth it, no matter what the safety or comfort, I could go and buy a Benz which will run me forever that's just as safe and almost as comfortable. A friend of mine has 2 Mercedes, both high miles and of older years than my Volvo, and they run like new, and all it was is regular maintenance, can't say that of my Volvo. They also just drive unbelievable, and I would rather have them than my Volvo, even though it drives almost as well.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st July, 2009
9th Sep 2009, 18:34
Your car must be my car's "twin". I have had basically the same identical problems with my 2001 S80 Volvo, all around the same mileages as you stated for the various problems, and then some like the alternator, volt reg, and battery needing to be replaced too.
My check engine light would come on and off, primarily in the summer months. I'd bring in to our local Volvo dealership. They would hook it up to their machine and find "nothing wrong", but still charge me $125 each time.
My transmission urgent service message came on at 116K. The Volvo service person said it would be around $5k for parts ($2900) and labor to replace. I asked him how urgent to replace the tranny, he said maybe 1-9 months depending... I'm at 121K (5 months) and it's slippin' bad.
Unlike you, I will not get the work done, and plan to just donate my car to the local auto mechanic vocational school in our area. Then, I plan to purchase a Honda, the car brand I drove before purchasing this Volvo.
26th Dec 2012, 17:14
I'm looking to buy a 2000 Volvo with 210,000 thousand miles. The guy told me it was highway miles with the S80 T6 Turbo, but I'm kinda afraid to buy this car from all the problems I've heard on here about them...