25th May 2004, 10:54
I have a 1999, S80 T6.
I bought the car with 35,000 miles. The car now has 90,000 miles.
The vehicle is serviced by a Volvo Dealer every 3000 to 3500 miles.
The replacement tally is as follows:
Steering hoses replaced to correct leaks.
Turbo oil returns replaced to correct leaks.
Front rotors replaced @ 37,000 along with front and rear brake job.
CD player replaced at 38,000.
Headlight Hi/Low beam switch replaced at 80,000.
Comments: I love this car, but am worried as the transmission clunks and whines now, but the dealership is in no hurry to repair it.
This car reminds me of the AUDI's in the late seventies. You either got a great one, or a maintenance nightmare.
Compared to other owner reports, I feel fairly lucky.
4th Jul 2004, 09:33
I wish I had found this site two years ago, but at least I know that my love - hate relationship with my 1999, Volvo S80 T6 is not unusual.
I bought the car with about 75,000 kms (46,000 miles) in November 2002, and the first six months would attest to the other person's comments about buying 2 Ford made Volvos at once. The tranny was reprogrammed 3 times before they found a leak in the intake manifold which caused a lag in the engine. Front end ball joints replaced - twice. Brake booster replaced ($900). Front bumper keeps coming unattached from the clips in the wheel wells. AM radio - does it actually exist on this car? Not in Toronto.
Currently the car needs suspension work - again.
And the warning sensors can drive one crazy. My emission light has been on almost for the full 2 years I have owned the car, and the dealer just keeps turning it off. BUT my dealer has gone above and beyond for everything.
Sad really, no car compares in comfort. Great back seat for 3 kids. Sound system is terrific.
So service has been great, but the reliability of the car is lacking.
21st Jul 2004, 11:56
2000 S80 T6.
I Just purchased this vehicle, and I have to say is that the interior and the horsepower and torque are amazing. Next to that will have to be the safety of this car. Beside that this car is a piece of expensive junk. I drove it from the dealer back to my house which is roughly about 25 miles. Then guess what; I saw my first warning light, which stated position light needs to be replaced. Then I drove it to my insurance company to add it to my policy the second message popped up along with the service light. It stated transmission service. Took it back to the dealer and ran a diagnostic which cost me 155.00. The result came back as the transmission failed already. I personally have owned from Honda to Toyota to Acura, and even a Ford. This has to be one of the most disappointing cars I have ever owned especially for its price tag. I strongly recommend that you skip Volvo and make your decision wisely.
24th Jul 2004, 10:22
I currently own a 2000 Volvo S80 T6. I will agree with most that the comfort is unbeatable. I have owned it for just about a year and am now starting to see the little things, suspension, alternator, steering, brakes, turbo oil leak. The suspension, I replaced the shocks and springs along with the ball joints, and have not had a problem since. The turbo leaks I also fixed, major pain in the rear, but should not leak any more. Brakes, well I drive like a race car driver so oh well. The steering does not seem to be right, I plan on putting a different pump (non Volvo/Ford) to see if that helps. The downfall to all this is, this car (when working correctly) drives better than any other car in its class. I have driven the BMW 528, Lexus, Acura and Mercedes. The Volvo is far more comfortable and roomy. However, even though I do love this car, it is time to look elsewhere. The new 2004 Acura TL is a pretty cool car.
16th Sep 2004, 11:18
I own a 2000 S 80 Volvo with 60,000 miles on it. It is the worst car I have ever owned. My family has owned only Volvos for the past 25 years. I have had to replace the coolant fan, the ABS unit, the mounts, the radio, all the electrical systems, the engine seals, the automatic door locks, and now my transmission is slipping. I am enraged with the Volvo company. I would like to know how the company can get away with such defective workmanship. My sister and brother own the same car and they are having the same problems. I will never buy another Volvo and I am telling as many people to get the word out to the public.
14th Oct 2004, 21:44
I have a nightmare! I own the Volvo s80 2.9 for the past two years. Like most of you I purchased it when it had 38000 miles on it. I heard some serious knocking on the right side of my car took it to the dealer they told me it was the brakes. They replaced the brakes for 400.00 two weeks late the noise was back again this time they told me it was the wheel bearings another 350.00. Guess what this is the third time now they say it's the struts. $600.00 But they aren't sure if that will get rid of the loud noise that I hear when I'm driving down the road. The bad part of this story it's only one Volvo dealer in the Indianapolis Area.
4th Dec 2004, 04:29
I would like to thank all who have added comments on the S80
I too had fallen in love with it's looks, power and handling.
Lucky for me I found this site before I bought it.
20th Jan 2005, 14:18
My 2000 S80 2.9 Volvo with 56K has an emission light and check engine light on for the past 6 months. They've replaced my temperature sensor gauge and the throttle module, around $1200.00. O2 sensors test OK (another pricey item). I went to 3 different mechanics looking for a solution. The last mechanic went to the Volvo dealership and was told the car is a piece of junk, the year 2000 and below have many electrical/computer problems and cannot find the resolution to these problems. While sitting in the dealership waiting area everyone seems to have the same problem and everyone replaces the same parts without finding a resolution. I too would like to know how the dealerships and manufacturer can go without finding a solution to our problem. This car needs a serious recall. I've owned Volvo's and other foreign cars in the past and I will definitely not buy another Volvo again. I've made it a point to tell everyone I come in contact with about all my problems with Volvo. I guess I'll be going back to a BMW.