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Volvo S80

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  • andruvandruv Posts: 6
    I bought a 2002 T6 5,000 miles ago, bought new in the belief (and HOPE) that the problems have been ironed out because i loved the car.

    So far, so good.
  • Please anyone tell me how to turn off service reminder light.
    I tried, "turn ignition key to position I, push in and hold the odometer reset button (use your left hand), move the ignition key to position II, wait until you see the service light blinking, then release the odometer reset button." It did not work.
  • n0v8orn0v8or Posts: 169
    The trip meter has 2 modes, T-1 and T-2. You will see a little tiny T-1 or T-2 in the display. To change between modes, press and release the reset button. According to a post on Brickboard, the trip meter must be in T-1 to reset the service reminder.

    Also, for 2002 models, the procedure is slightly different: Turn the key to position I.
    Press and HOLD the trip reset button while watching the trip display. When the miles reset to zero, turn the key to position II while holding the trip reset. Continue holding and watch the trip display. When the original mileage display returns, release the trip reset. Turn the key off, then back on and start engine. Service reminder should now be reset
  • bokenboken Posts: 3
    Well from reading the board, I now realize the 99 T6 is a terrible car but unfortunately I have it for now.

    I have had a recurring problem that my tech guy can't seem to fix. Every so often, my entire dashboard instrumentation goes black after I receive every warning light knows to man includng brake failure, engine light etc. The first time it happened my dealer sooposedly replaced something on the computer board but now it has happened again three times. Has anyone else seen this problem??
  • shaunsshauns Posts: 24
    Stars be praised, I have one of the very last 1999 2.9s with 43K on the odo, and after the first 8K miles, totally uneventful driving. The
    1st 8K saw the front suspension ball joints and
    a torn (!) motor mount replaced, and the driver's seat snubber added to cure excessive rocking. But that's it.

    I would agree with others on the net - that I'll be looking elsewhere for my next ride. A great freeway cruiser, but not enough road noise isolation, and basically boring handling dynamics. We'll see what the 2004 A6 looks like - or that 300HP HYBRID drive sports sedan Acura claims to be bringing to market in 2005. Fancy that - a "green" luxury car that's fun to drive! Earth-friendly technology years ahead of the quintissential safety-green car company!
  • We just got a 2002 S80 T6. I am considering getting a set of 4 snow tires and wheels. Does anyone have an opinion on what is good?

    Also, does anyone have an opinion on the Michelin HX MXMV 225/50-17 tires that ame on the car? Wear, wet traction, etc.?

    Thanks!
  • eitan1eitan1 Posts: 4
    Anyone having problems with their wipers leaving a film on their windshield or the blades dragging across the widnshield? I purchased a pre-owned 99 S80 and I think the dealer had to replace the widshield. Maybe the arms of the baldes are not set right or the wiper motor isn't operating correctly? I would appreciate whatever help anyone can give me with this.
  • gerry14gerry14 Posts: 12
    Not many alternatives with these dimensions. I replaced mine at 45000 miles and was told I had done well. Winters in Southern Indiana don't provide a real test for traction on snow and ice, but I thought the Michelins got a little dicey on wet pavement after 35000 miles. GP
  • n0v8orn0v8or Posts: 169
    I found the Volvo S80 OEM wipers to be unequivocal junk. I had the identical problems (chattering and film) with a brand new S80. With less than 200 miles on the odometer, I tried a new set of official Volvo blades (US$100 for the set at a dealer!), and they were even worse. I returned them and bought complete aftermarket assemblies (holder and blade) for $15 each, and both problems dissapeared. Now I buy good quality replacement blades every year for a few dollars instead of the high-priced trash Volvo sells.

    The Trico holders do not have the plastic spoiler affixed to the driver's side, but I don't think I will drive at speeds in the USA where it would be helpful. I have not noticed any loss of wiper effectiveness at 75mph.
  • Thanks for the input. The Michelins look like good tires and seem to handle well. We only have about 600 miles on the car.

    Have you used any snow tires?
  • kjewelkjewel Posts: 19
    Had same problem with my wipers on 2000 T6. I think the basic problem is too much pressure on the arms. I bent the arms away from the windshield (just a bit). It seems to have helped alot.
  • kjewelkjewel Posts: 19
    Anybody experiencing loud compressor on/off cycling noises? It sounds similar to idler pulley bearing noise but it only occurs w/AC. Comments welcome.
  • cet1stcet1st Posts: 17
    I've just traded a 2002 S80, T6 with 48K miles for a 2002 S80, T6 with 41 miles. I've noticed the following:
    1. Increase acceleration whether in 1st or 4th gear
    2. Better steering and cornering. Car feels lighter to handle than the 2000 model
    3. Same sound and features in stereo system
    4. Back seats folds down (not sure of 2000 model)
    5. Cruise control functions more accurately (does not drift +/- 2mph going thru mountains)
    6. Same gas mileage(Chicago to North Carolina - 27.6 mpg@ 65-70 mph. Hoping to improve with age
    7. Gas latch door must be activated to open from dash. Locks when car speed reaches 10mph
    8. Easier to wax due to removal of black mountings
    9. Garage opener standard equipment
    10. Will continue to use synthetic oil (changed after 3000 miles)
  • amazonamazon Posts: 293
    Yes, in a '00 S70. Exactly the symptom you're describing. They ended up replacing the compressor.
  • gerry14gerry14 Posts: 12
    No experience with snow tires, but on occasional winter trips to South Bend--read lake-effect snow capital of Indiana--I thought the Michelin Pilots performed reasonably well until the wear became excessive.
  • I am on my 2nd s80, T6. First one was a 99 and had the horrific transmission problems. The dealer ended taking it back and I made the huge mistake of agreeing to take a newer 2000 model. It is the running joke of my neighborhood/family of having it constantly serviced. I service it almost every month! I won't take the space up to list all the problems. I had have just about every one that is listed here! I am so tired of having such an unreliable car and want to buy an Acura MDX. I looked at current values and it looks like I will only be able to get $20K from the dealer and maybe $25 retail for it! I am so disgusted as the depreciation seems to have really plummeted this past year. I can only attribute it to other S80 owners rallying and bringing the numerous problems to the public's attention (I am included in this group). These problems have affected the value of my car now. I want desperately to get rid of this nightmare.

    Can anyone offer specific advice on how to get Volvo to buy all of these problems back? I know that I need to write a letter to Volvo, but has anyone had any luck doing this. Remember, this will be the second S80 they are taking back.
  • petrie3petrie3 Posts: 47
    You've already had them take one back, so you may know all the methods already. In my case, I had many problems relating to the computer and electrical systems. I was making slow progress through the dealer and the regional rep. Finally, I got to a VCNA bigwig through a friend and told him my story. I emphasized the safety issues involved and that I had written letters to VCNA, BBB, NTSB, etc. that I was prepared to mail if I didn't get any satisfaction. The guy was pretty easy once I laid out my tale of woe. My suggestion, emphasize safety dangers and that you are prepared to write all the letters. Good luck.
  • pjipji Posts: 1
    Considering the 2002 S80 2.9L. Tested it - seems a little sluggish but otherwise seems to look good. Can I please have some feedback if you own one. Thanks
  • paltingpalting Posts: 26
    Had it as a loaner from the dealer when I took my T6 in for service. It's a nice car. However, it seems you have to drive with a lead foot to get it going with any pace.The good thing is, once you do that, it does go at a good clip. May have something to do with the adaptive transmission.
  • I live on the west coast of Michigan and we get a lot of lake effect snow (>100in. last season). I'm picking up a set of Hakkapeliitta Q next month for our S80 T6. Others have said this is the best choice. I did research on the web and tend to agree (do a search engine query). Hope this helps.
  • Thanks! I'll do a search for them.
  • I have a 99 S80 2.9, it is now at 48k miles and is still running great. I plan on keeping the car for a few more years so I'm thinking about the extended warranty through Volvo. Any advice on this? Is it worth paying $2000+ for another 2/3 yrs and 50k miles of warranty? Any hidden terms I should be aware of?

    Also, my stock Michelin tires (MXM4) are almost at the end of their service life after 50k of driving. I like the handling and grip of the MXM4 but it is quite noisy at speed. Any recommendation on replacement tires? Would Bridgestone be a good choice (the RE-series) or I should just stick with the MXM4? I live in San Francisco so any dry or all-season tires will serve me well.

    Thanks!
  • Just replaced 99 S80 tires with the same michelin tire (MXM4). The noise is due to the wear, with the horizontal tread markers now making contact with the road. After replacement, noise level is definitely down. If cost is not a factor stay with original tires.

    As per warranty, the cost versus repair. The price quoted is steep for 2/3 years of insurance. If normal maintenance is performed, another 30k miles should not be a problem.

    My S80 is a wonderful riding auto with 64k miles. The only issues I had was a bad window switch (covered) and bulb replacements. Save the money.
  • nus2mnus2m Posts: 2
    I don't know the S80. The OEM wipers maybe junk after all. But before you try bending the trailer arms try this. Go buy Bon Ami, it's a cleanser that has an exceptionally small particle size. Use the Bon Ami to clean the windshield and the rubber blades themselves. Glass cleaners cannot cut through the road grime and wax that ends up on all windshields. Don't use Comet or another cleanser, the larger particle sizes can scratch the glass.

    Obviously it is a cleanser so keep it away from your paint. Just rinse liberally with a garden hose. Trust me, this works and it costs less than 2$!
  • Just thought I would let you all know that I have traded in my 2000 S80 T-6 for an Acura MDX. I am so happy. I got a mere $19,000 for it with 40K on it. I could have rec'd a few thousand more selling it myself but I just couldn't take the persons money knowing that I was giving them my 3 yr long nightmare. I was very disappointed with what I got for the car. I had it less than three years, always garaged, everything fully maintained by Volvo, good tires/brakes/etc. I really thought that this would be a car I would keep for 7+ years. Instead, it was a money pit, nightmare, and a heartache. The car itself was such a beautiful ride, of course, that was when it wasn't in the shop.

    I thought it was funny that the owner of the Volvo dealership and two of the mechanics confessed to me that this model is a real headache for them. The owner said that the market is incredibly soft for this particular car due to the eceonomy and it's bad reputation. The mechanics said they would never buy the S80. Amazing, huh?

    My advice ***** Don't buy the S-80!!***
  • Sorry re your experience, dealer problems, etc.. but in the interest of fairness, there's another point of view. Too often - much too often, these message boards have a disproportionate number of nay-sayers, turning the boards into [non-permissible content removed] sessions or personal vendettas (just check check out most other brands too) and create an unfair, distorted impression.

    Item: my '01 S80, T-6, w almost 50k miles BTW, has been nearly totally trouble-free. No problems of any real significance - i.e., spiders clogging up gas vent tube, stuck CD player. Otherwise car is super comfortable, has more passing power than I need 99+% of the time, quiet, has the best car sound system (Pro Logic)I and most passengers have ever heard, delivers over 30 mpg on long trips, is perhaps the safest production sedan in the world, and, again, has been extremely reliable. I also know of several/many other happy S80 owners. Sorry if you were one of the unlucky ones who got a occasional lemon. Or maybe - just maybe - a possible cause of your problems had more to do with your particular dealer/ service staff/ mechanic(s). For years, I've only bought from dealers with established reputations for quality service.
  • Sorry re your experience, dealer problems, etc.. but in the interest of fairness, there's another point of view. Too often - much too often, these message boards have a disproportionate number of nay-sayers, turning the boards into [non-permissible content removed] sessions or personal vendettas (just check check out most other brands too) and create an unfair, distorted impression.

    Item: my '01 S80, T-6, w almost 50k miles BTW, has been nearly totally trouble-free. No problems of any real significance - i.e., spiders clogging up gas vent tube, stuck CD player. Otherwise car is super comfortable, has more passing power than I need 99+% of the time, quiet, has the best car sound system (Pro Logic)I and most passengers have ever heard, delivers over 30 mpg on long trips, is perhaps the safest production sedan in the world, and, again, has been extremely reliable. I also know of several/many other happy S80 owners. Sorry if you were one of the unlucky ones who got a occassional lemon. Or maybe - just maybe - a possible cause of your problems had more to do with your particular dealer/ service staff/ mechanic(s). For years, I've only bought from dealers with established reputations for quality service.
  • I am thinking of buying a 2001 S80 T6. I understand the earlier years had significant problems. Were they resolved by 2001?
  • Depends on who you ask. Recent discussion in "XC90 vs. MDX" forum indicates that general opinion of S80 reliability is still low. However, my experience does not support that opinion . Following is a note I posted on the other forum a week or so ago.

    For what it's worth, I have 56,000 essentially carefree miles on my
    2001 S80 2.9. I have followed the Townhall discussion since I bought
    the car and have experienced none of the nightmares reported for 1999
    and 2000 models--most of which had to do with electrical systems and
    the T6 transmission.

    I had a problem with headlights burning out until Volvo installed a
    circuit which reduced line voltage. And I had a problem with
    linkage-wear on the front suspension, which was taken care of by a
    three hour service call under warranty. Other than that, I have had no
    significant problems.
  • I own a 99 2.9 and am wanting to replace the wipers. I notice that each wiper is a different size, but can't find the specs anywhere in the owners manual.

    What sizes do I buy (and perhaps a brand name as well) ?
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