18th Jul 2003, 17:52
I am sad to say, but I too had many problems with my S80. It was always my dream to own a Volvo, and many of my family members have owned them without any problems. I bought a 1999 S80 T6 a few months ago. The car is super speedy and luxurious. It was a dream to sit in, but the dream soon turned to a nightmare when dealing with the constant barrage of check engine lights and funny noises. Not to mention the AM radio is lousy and the keyless remote only works within inches of the car. Within 3 months of owning the car, I was at the dealer 5 times to fix various things going wrong and to reset the many check engine lights that went off. My husband and I bit the bullet and traded the car in for a $6,000 loss. We now have a 2003 Honda Accord and I love it. I don't know if I will ever go back to Volvo again.
28th Aug 2003, 14:28
Wow, same story. I had a 740GLE which wasn't a major headache accept for mufflers and suspension problems that were not huge, but man this S80 is a killer. It's a 1999 S80 T6, everything from 18" wheels to the security glass option and it cost me a fortune. Well, I had a little oil leak and my ABS, STC, check engine light comes on and the dealer reply is $1200 power steering rack, $860 ABS module and oh by the way maybe $450 turbo seals that were replaced once already. At 52K miles, driving like a baby, not some hot rod, I think my Volvo days are over as well. Unless you have an unlimited pocket book in tune with the costs of maintaining a space shuttle, steer clear. These cars are endless pits of warning lights. While the ride is good and it's a fun car to drive, it's too expensive to maintain. I'm going to bite the bullet and move on.
21st Nov 2003, 16:43
I have purchased a pre-owned 1999 S80 T6. It has 38,000 miles and is in the shop currently with a problem that the Volvo Dealer can't diagnose or fix at this point. The car has a bucking/surge feeling when trying to maintain a constant speed. This is very noticeable at highway speeds, but also is documented at low speeds especially if going uphill. The "Volvo" bulletins recommend a specific software download, but that only helped for a couple weeks and the problem is worse than ever. Has anyone experienced this and knows what the "Fix" is?
The car's service engine light was also going off, but would reset after turning off car. The codes indicated a need to replace the electronic throttle module. This was done, but that didn't fix the bucking/surging problem. Must have been a coincidence. The extended warranty wouldn't cover that because they said it was an emissions problem and that area isn't covered!
I do like the looks, feel, and comfort of the car, but am frustrated with this current problem.
14th Jul 2004, 07:11
Sad to say that I am yet another sucker that fell in love with the look and ride of the 1999 Volvo S80 T6. This car had only $40,000 when I bought it 6 months ago. I did do some research and found that although it seemed to have some problems, I really wanted to get this car. What a disaster. I have had this car in the shop at least 10 times in the last 6 months. Lets see, new transmission, $3,000, the blasted emmisions light has never been off for more than one week, each time it costs $300 to $500. I love to drive this car, but I have put about $5,000 in it in repairs so far and have only had it for 6 months. I am starting to think that maybe I should just cut my losses and get rid of it. I have to say that I do have the cleanest car I have ever owned, I get a free car wash every time I take it to the repair shop.
31st Aug 2004, 22:32
I found this website because I was researching to see if other owners of the 1999 Volvo S80 T6 were having same problems as I am. I was having trouble with the right front end sounding like a rusty hinge, and warning lights for everything coming on. Thank God I had an extended warranty. $2500 of work and I'm still hearing lots of squeaks & rattles in the same area. Other problems; my headliner is coming off in several places, the side lights actually come out of their socket when going through the car wash, I just bought (3 months ago) 4 new tires and the outer edges are already worn??. I was SHOCKED when I went to trade it in and found out the resale value was so low that I was about 9K upside down. Now I feel really stuck. One Volvo dealership told me that the 99's & 2000's have lots of problems because this was around the time Ford took over and they were "rushed through the assembly line". Has anyone else heard of this?
17th Nov 2004, 13:06
I have a 2000 S80 T6 with about 64K miles on it. I bought it with 32K less than two years ago. The weekend after I bought it I was on a two day trip out of state when the car stalled making a left turn. The car restarted and I proceeded to my destination. Since then the stalling comes back about every two months, the dealer replaced the throttle body after receiving a code, but usually gets no codes. After much frustration I asked to just trade the car in only to find out that the car is worth $13K less than what I paid for it 21 months before. The salesman's response was that this is a problem model and the public is weary of them on resale. Its very frustrating that a dealer would not only refuse to stand behind a car their company built, but also be so free to criticize it.