13th Jan 2007, 17:26
Bought S 80 2001 2.9 love the car when it isn't in the shop. constant front end problems from the get go, everyone who knows me think I'm crazy and it's me not the car!!! bushings, wheel hubs, bearings, same strut twice!! Rack, tie rods etc. this is no joke. advice go buy a toyota...
15th Jan 2007, 05:29
Tell you what, why don't we all go and buy a Toyota - because they never go wrong - right? Don't be stupid! So lets all drive around in a tinny japanese box. They are good cars, but don't forget tat you will be sacrificing the comfort of the Volvo, the build quality and more importantly, the safety. Surely this means a lot. Toyota is just not there with safety. So you value a little more potential reliability over your life. Think before you speak.
25th Feb 2007, 16:06
I purchased a 2000 S80 T6 in very beautiful condition at a dealership. The transmission went out after 4 days. I got the runaround at the dealership... has 98,800 miles. was serviced at same dealership although purchased "as is," the dealership was ONLY one that serviced over life of car. They threw their hands up initially over responsibility for selling an obvious lemon, but then tried to work with me. still ongoing. DO NOT BUY ONE. I should have kept my reliable 1996 960!
19th Jun 2007, 19:36
We bought a year old 2001 Volvo S80 that was coming off lease from our local dealership. They went the whole routine as we had been loyal customers of the dealership for fifteen years and three Volvos. I purchased the Volvo Certified Used Car Warranty that for $1,500 dollars extended the Warranty to Six Years or 100,000 miles. Thank Goodness. The first year during the winter all the touch up paint on the front end froze and flaked off. The dealership admitted that it obviously had been in an accident and was poorly repainted. They repainted the front end. Then during the second year the car started stalling in intersections and freeway on-ramps. The dealership kept changing the computer program to no avail. After two years of the dealership not being able to fix the car, I went to the manager and told them I wanted a replacement under the LEMON LAW. They fixed the car, replacing the throttle body, front tie-rods, brakes, engine mounts, etc. Volvo finally new what was wrong after so many of the 1999 to 2001s started falling apart, literally. Over $5,000 dollars worth of work on the extended warranty! Now that the car has 67,000 miles on it the transmission has gone out; one week after the warranty expired! The dealership wants $5,000 to replace the transmission because the shift solenoid has failed. The Blue Book value of the car is $10,000 and the dealership will give us 50% for a wholesale trade-in on another Volvo, minus the repair cost of the transmission! That is Zero...Zip! But because I have been a loyal customer now for twenty years they will "give" me a $1,000 for my car. Right!
It is a shame, because the car is a beauty, drives great and is comfortable to sit in. But no more Volvos after this experience.
My brother-in-law is still driving my two old Volvo 240DLs now with over 200,000 miles on each.
They don't build them like they use to.
21st Jun 2007, 07:14
Iam sorry to read about your problems, this is why I will only buy the old volvos.I have 3 1993 940 turbo with 157000,1991 240 with 202000,and a 1989 240 with 263000.Yes they have there problems, but I try to do my own work. You know Ford owns Volvo now.
5th Nov 2007, 22:25
2000 S 80 T6 with 205,000 miles.
I have put my volvo through a lot of miles!!! I purchased the 125K warranty and had about $7500 of warranty work done during the warranty period... I hit a carcass (non-human) on the interstate and the insurer replaced the engine because it got my temp sensor radiator and oil pan and damaged the original engine... so I now have a 200K car with a 75k engine...
Yes I also am sick of headlights and tailamps burning out, but on balance the car has been and is wonderful!!! I am so sorry for those who have had trouble...
And my next car will be a volvo!!!
3rd Dec 2007, 21:13
I have a '00 s80 T6 with about 80k. I purchased used and it was certified at 47k. Since then, I`ve replaced the strut mounts twice, ball joint, and now the entire trans. I am 5k into repairs and now it needs another 2k worth of suspension work. This car is probably safe because it's always parked for repairs. I will never buy another and make it a point to warn others.
7th Sep 2008, 01:15
Hello everyone. I have a 1999 S80 T6, and I bought it from my dad 7 months ago. I'm a mechanic and so is my dad, too. We replaced the head and head gasket. We put everything brand new from the dealership.
Since then, the car started to give me problems; the first thing was the mass air flow sensor, and then window regulator; after that the fricking ball joint and now the car has no power. Some turbo shop told me to check for vacuum lines for the turbo; to be honest I don't know what to do any more and I am a mechanic, crazy ahhh!
And parts really are expensive! You guys must know how expensive they are, so I am trying to sell it. Want to buy a Supra ('93 and up) for project car. Thanks for your time... and good luck.
23rd Nov 2008, 16:26
I bought my first 68 122 in 1975 and drove the thing over 250K and it was still running great when I sold it. I next owned a 1975 245 Wagon, again great car, bought a brand new 1985 240 DL, again great car. I bought a 1989 740 Turbo wagon, fantastic car, bought a 1998 V70 wagon, great car, bought a 99 S80, worst car I have ever owed. I have had a Volvo in my garage continuously since 1975 and I can tell you I will never buy anything newer then 1998 again. When Ford took over, that was the end... I wish I still had my 122, it is probably still running great.
24th Nov 2008, 11:00
To the last poster - buy a S60. These don't appear to give anywhere near the amount of problems the S80 does. Buy one, you won't regret it (Mine- 2003 S60 D5 SE - great car)! Volvo do still make great cars, just the S80 lets it down.
18th Jun 2009, 21:14
I just purchased my 2000 Volvo S80 T6 used with 90k at a local dealer... I needed a vehicle for work and back and all it seems to be going is to the shop and back... Alternator needed to be replaced, (car wouldn't turn on), replaced battery, "Service Engine Urgent" went off in the message box just yesterday and brought it to a Diagnostic Center ran it through a 100 point inspection and no codes came about, all they did was reset it... Car has been running "OK" but just today it started stalling and turned off on me in parking lot, luckily it turned back on and I drove home as soon as possible... What the heck should I do??? I love the car but so many problems have occurred since recently purchasing it...