I have owned a 2002 S80 2.9 for a little over two years. I bought it used with 27,500 miles. It now has almost 60,000 miles on it. I have never had a major problem with it. It is a joy to drive and gets great gas mileage on the highway. Over 35 years I have owned 10 vehicles. This Volvo S-80 is by far the best vehicle I have ever owned!
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Hello, my volvo s80 was reliable up to 70,000 miles. Afterward the following things have gone wrong: Replace tire rods outer and inner;Replace drivers lock; Replace throtle module; Replace Transmission! Replace Rotors. I suppose the list will double once past a 100,000.
Thank you to everyone I was just about to buy a 2000 Volvo S80 2.9. Thanks to this site - I just have to keep looking.
I'm torn. I test drove an S80 T6 the other night and was about to buy, when I started reading around the internet. Seems like a big headache, although there are some who praise the vehicle. I wonder if people with problem cars are far more compelled to complain than those that are satisfied. Such a nice driving car though...
I too believe in doing a little research before I fork over hard-earned green for a car. I absuoluely loved the look and feel (and indeed the price) of an 01 S80 (60000 miles)... I too was heart broken to force my self to turn my back on it... I actually paid 2k more for an 02 Ford Mondeo (29000 miles) I reccon I will have recouped this money within 2 years by way of saved maintenance and running costs. BTW I am very happy with the Ford.
I love the car. The alarm system has not worked since I got it. There is noise in the front end. Transmission makes a small tug when the gas is given hard. But with 95,000 miles I expect that. Just regular maintenance will keep me going for and other 90,000 miles. You right the ones with no problems, have noting to complain about.
In 1999 I bought a S80 T6 "program car" from the dealer, with 3500 miles on it. If not for the extended warranty, the repair costs would have been unbearable. The first year I had the car, it spent a total of 28 days in the shop for repairs. At 17,000 miles there was a particularly scary event: a total failure of front left balljoint, at 2 miles per hour in my office parking lot. That is... the left front wheel assembly just FELL OFF THE CAR! And it was a shame really, because when it ran, the S80 T6 was such fun to drive. But the car could not be relied upon. It had the elements of a very fine car value, but just terrible implementation by Volvo. Don't know if they ever got it right. Consumer Report suggests they did not.
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