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Volvo S80



  • rollierollie Posts: 337
    Hmmm - maybe Warranty Gold reads this forum - nah!

    OK, I just got a call from Warranty Gold and they've spoken to the claims administration company and the dealership and they've insured that the software downloads are covered. It looks like my out of pocket costs are going to be nada!

  • mmullenmmullen Posts: 17
    Rollie, good job! It looks like all it took was a little diplomacy and persistence. Still, you shouldn't have to WORK to get what you already paid for.

    How many miles are on your car now? I'm curious how they fixed the engine smoke on hard acceleration and which oil seals needed replacing to fix the oil leak.

    2000 S80 T-6
  • rollierollie Posts: 337
    Mike, I agree - I shouldn't have to work at it particularly when the item isn't spelled out in exclusions.

    My T6 is just a few hundred miles shy of 60,000. I'm not sure how or what exactly was fixed since I'm not getting my car today afterall. The dealership called to tell me that the tech who was working on the car got something in his eyes from an open hose / nozzle and had to go to the hospital for an eye flush. I just got back from the dealership with a loaner. I was told I should expect a call from the dealership on Tuesday to get my T6 back. I'll try to remember to post a reply on the repairs then.


  • Anybody hear any rumors as to when or if Volvo/Ford will offer 4 wheel drive on the S80??

    My '99 T6 has over 60K now and I can't help thinking about the next one.

    Thanks for any help! And happy 2003 to you all! You all give us/each other lots of help and support! rld.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Actually, they *used* to read the applicable discussions on the Finance, Warranty & Insurance board. I don't know whether they still do, but you might consider posting your experience over there as well. That way more folks than just the S80 audience here will read about it.
  • rghesselrghessel Posts: 122
    Does anyone have the Navigation system in their S80? I currently have a Lexus and I have found the Navigation system invaluable (primarily to assuage my gadget-fetish...). I'm considering a S60 or S80 when my lease is up and am wondering how user-friendly/functional the Volvo Nav system is. (Pretty cool how it rises out of the dash!)

    I've read a review of car-based Nav systems, and Lexus was the winner by a long shot (largely cuz theirs is touch-screen based). BMW and MB were dead last, with Acura and Infiniti in the middle. (Volvo was not part of the comparison).

    Appreciate your thoughts.

    (PS Please spare me the "Navigation systems are a waste of money -- get a map" discussion. I KNOW they are a waste of money, but that's not my question...)
  • larryp3larryp3 Posts: 20
    I have the Nav system (DVD version) in my 2002 S80. I did not know there was a manual for it and was able to use it fully despite this. It takes a while to learn how to get to the function you want, i.e. the menu threading, but it usually performs effortlessly and accurately.

    A few shortcomings however; The supplied USA maps are not complete and in rural areas you will find roads (addresses) missing. When navigating thru these areas time estimates are off. Even though it knows the main roads, it estimates very slow travel speeds for them, so if you are trying to find the fastest route, unless you are on an interstate hiway, it may ignore some of the better roads in these areas and take you a long way around.

    Also, some built-up areas remain unmapped so check on Navigation Technologies' website to see if the city/town you need is covered.

    I also wish it would learn a short-cut, once traveled over, but there seems to be no learning function built in.

    There are some minor errors in the maps, usually at intersections.

    My screen is too dark until the unit warms up, but after that the automatic brightness control works fine.

    Overall it is a decent performer and the annual updates($$$) should hopefully bring the expected improvements.
  • rghesselrghessel Posts: 122
    Thanks for your thoughts about the Nav system. For what it's worth, my Lexus system occasionally misses addresses and can't memorize specific alternate/shortcut routes.

    Appreciate your thoughts (without the usual tirade about the waste of money...I love my Nav system and wont consider another car without it...)
  • I have a 2000 s80 t-6 with 36000. No major issues to date. However, I have noticed that when I am driving a very high speeds (90+), the car does not continue to accelerate smoothly. Rather it I feel a surge of speed, then another surge. I does not lose power or slow down, but rather lunges forward. Any thoughts or ideas why?
  • eitan1eitan1 Posts: 4
    I have a 99 2.9 S80.I 'm not particularly happy with ride over bumps. A 'hard' impact and a 'soft' rebound. Suspension was apparently improved in '01 & '02 models. Anyone know what was does & what I can do to improve ride? I got a quote for Koni adjustable shocks ($520 for set of 4) that claim it will improve dampening, ride & handling. Not sure what the benefit will be.
  • bucky1bucky1 Posts: 20
    I have a 1999 S80 2.9 bought new in October 1998 with 44,500 miles on it. It is out of warranty. While I love this car (my 4th Volvo) it has been a "lemon" since day 1. At 28,000 Volvo replaced the transmission. A third transmission is being installed as I write this, and Volvo will not do anything because the car is out of warranty. The dealer won't even let me use a loaner car while mine is being fixed. I am pretty burned out on Volvo, and my dealer.

    However, the sales manager called me the other day and said that he had talked to Volvo, and that Volvo would give me a $5,000 voucher good toward the purchase or lease of a new 2003 S80. Of course, the dealer is only offering me $15,000 for my car with brand new Bridgestone Potenza 940 tires and in excellent condition. They tell me that because my car is a 1999 it has little value. They also say that the new S80's have no reliability problems. Consumers Reports does not seem to agree with that statement. But I would get a new car with a new warranty if I take them up on this "deal".

    I'm not sure that I want to tie myself into a 4-year lease on another Volvo given my past experiences, but the $5,000 offer has to be considered.

    Here are my questions to those who have 2001-2003 S80 2.9 vehicles. Have you had any problems like those in the 1999-2000 model years? Does anyone know when the S80 is scheduled for restyling? I don't want to end up driving a new car for 4 years at the end of its current design.

    Thanks for any input!
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    According to JD Power the 2002 S80 had the fewest initial quality defects of any new Volvo.
    Volvo placed 5th in the total survey, 1 point ahead of Honda.
    Volvo has made alot od under the skin changes on the S80.
    The new car is quicker,looks better and has better features than the 99 version.
    The S80 will get new front bumpers and rear view mirrors in 2004, as well as a slightly different instrument cluster.
    A full redesign isn't scheduled for at least 3 more years.
    Also, ask about free scheduled maintenance since you currently own an S80.
  • If I were you, I'd take their $5,000 and apply it towards their current lease special on a new one.

    The 2002 and 2003s are way better than the 99s. You'll likely be happy with it, and it'll be under warranty.

    Then, buy a Lexus or Honda in 2007!
  • cmnottcmnott Posts: 200
    All manufacturers have lemons and Volvo is no exception...but there was laos a reason why I got my S60 T5 a year after introduction so they can iron out the bugs. At this stage, The S80 has been refined countless times and has now surpassed ALL European marques in initial quality and yes, even Honda.
  • I have never owned a Volvo before but am looking at a 99 S80 T-6. It seems to have every option but has 96,000 miles. The dealer is asking 14,900 but I'm sure will take less. Is volvo's reuputation for long mileage cars true or should I stay as far away as possible.
  • I am nearing the end of the 3 year lease on my 2000 S80. To date, it has been a very reliable car and I am think about buying it at lease termination. My only concerns is that it goes through light bulbs (specifically front headlights). In two and half years, I must have gone through 6 or 8 bulbs. Yeah, I've heard the DRL line ... however, never had that occur in my other DRL equipped cars.

    Question: should I be concerned with the electrical system of the car and NOT purchase an otherwise reliable car? Or do the light bulbs have that low of a lifespan. I have about 30,000 miles on the car.
  • rollierollie Posts: 337
    If you've been getting these replaced by the dealer (they're replaced free for a portion of your warranty) I would change dealers quickly. If you've been replacing the bulbs yourself you need to tell your dealer because there is a free fix that involves a new wiring harness for the headlights. It's a quick repair and seems to be quite effective as I've not seen many complaints about headlights since this fix came out a couple of years ago.


  • My understanding is that 99 was a horrible year for the s80, many problems. Everything I've read says stay away from 1999 s80's. After 1999 they're fine. Plus 15000 on a car with 96000 mile seems like alot.

  • Hi everyone,

    I am the "proud" owner of a 2000 S80 2.9, and am in the 33rd month of a 39 month lease. My lease ends in mid-August 2003, and am counting the days until I can turn the car in.

    Recently (within the past 2 weeks), the power steering on the car has been making a LOT of groaning and wheezing noises. This problem occurs randomly, but always starts when I first start up my car in the morning and usually lasts until I turn off the ignition or park it for the night. I am wanting to blame the cold weather for this (I live in Boston, and it seems the average high temp. for the past month has been 15 degrees). However, I am starting to think it is more of a defect or suddenly-occuring problem. I am taking my car in on the 27th to get it fixed.

    In addition, the driver's door lock has taken on a life of its own. It won't unlock itself automatically. I have to either use the key to open it or yank it open with my hand. I can no longer use the remote to arm or disarm the alarm; it has to be done by using the key in the door lock. This problem will also be looked at on the 27th. This has also been the latest in a series of door lock problems I've had. Each time I've taken it in to the dealer, they always say nothing is wrong. Hopefully, this current problem won't suddenly fix itself before I take it in.

    Anyway, with all the problems I've had with this car - power steering, door locks, door seals disintegrating, car surging or slipping out of gear, etc. - I am glad I have less than 6 months with this car. Hopefully nothing major will occur before then. I am also hesitant to lease/buy another Volvo, thinking the problems I've had with the S80 will happen with the new car.

  • I have the NAV system on my '01 S80. It was CD-based that year. As far as I know, virtually all manufacturers' NAV systems use Navtech's database (on the CD or DVD you get) and software. So the performance is pretty similar (though a DVD will cover a much larger area - more data). As with all systems, they're not perfect in terms of road selection, but they'll get you there.

    A big plus for the Volvo is the placement of the NAV. It's near the windshield, where you can glance at it without taking your eye off the road. I get tired of the audio, so I just turn it off and use the visuals. The screen could be a little bigger, but it's okay. I chose Volvo over Lexus GS (in '01) due to 1) NAV screen placement, 2) Lexus forced other controls (radio, AC) to the NAV screen, which seemed awkward, 3) S80 more spacious and 4) no radio controls on Lexus steering wheel (unless you sprang for the GS430).
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