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Volvo S80



  • heywood1heywood1 Posts: 839
    Lots of Volvo dealers will try to sell you something other than Volvo VIP, as the profit margin of these others much higher. Try to get VIP if you can.
  • Problem with the Volvo VIP is that it's only applied to the new vehicles, or to the pre-owned vehicle purchased at Volvo retailer at the time of purchase. So my understanding is that when you try to get an EW for your old car you have no choice, but go aftermarket.


    Is it true, Volvomax?
  • Thank you.


    I'll do some web searches for Western General.


    I hope you are right about the Transmission, others seem to have had trouble between 50-80,000 miles and I'm only at 48,000 and I was in the earlier runs(late '98)


    This is a handy site:


    It shows all the recalls, bulletins,etc. on different vehicles. There's quite a list on the 99.
  • You may browse Extended warranties board here on Edmunds.
  • heywood1heywood1 Posts: 839
    I purchased my S80 used from a private party, and bought the VIP warranty from my local dealer. VIP must be purchased at least one month prior to expiration of factory warranty, and inspection of the vehicle by the Volvo dealer (one-hour labor charge) is required.
  • Thanks, It is good to know. What was the mileage, and what is the cost and the terms of the coverage?
  • heywood1heywood1 Posts: 839
    Mine was an unusually low-mileage car: 16,900 miles on a four-year old (2000) T-6. Car was put into service in October of 2000. I bought it in late August of '04, and found out I had ten days left from the day I bought the car to buy the VIP--just dumb luck. Mileage had no affect on the price of the warranty, as I got quotes from at least six different dealerships, and all they wanted to know was whether or not the car was still under original (4yr/48K) factory warranty by more than 30 days. I paid $2,015 for the VIP warranty with $100 deductible. As I recall, the $200 ded wasn't much less, and the zero ded was about $600 more. So I felt the $100 was the best deal.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi badgers - check out this discussion: Extended Warranties. It's over on our Smart Shopper board.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    VIP can be purchased as long as the car is still under factory warranty by at least 1 month AND 1000 miles.
  • qbrozen,


    I actually liked my 1999 S70 better than my 2002 S80. I did like the exterior styling of the S80 better, but that's about it. The S80 just didn't feel as solid to me, and the interior of the S70 just seemed to be of higher quality. In addition, I found that the S80 had blind spots which were annoying when backing up or changing lanes.


    I just leased a 2005 Mercedes E320 for about the same price as I could have leased another S80. I would have leased another S80 if the styling had changed, although the more I drive the Mercedes, the more I am realizing that it is a far better car in terms of features, handling, solidity and overall smoothness. But I think the ergonomics in the S80 were better, and nothing can beat the seats or stereo systems in any Volvo. I look forward to the new S80 redesign......but there doesn't seem to be a firm date on when that will arrive. If Volvo wants to remain competitive, they have to redesign the S80 or previous Volvo customers like myself will be looking elsewhere.


  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,150
    Thanks for the comments, but I decided against the S80 after finally driving one. It was a nice car and had great power (T6), but I just found it WAY too boat-like for my taste. I actually found myself getting nauseous as it floated over the pothole-filled road I was test driving on.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • "but I just found it WAY too boat-like for my taste. I actually found myself getting nauseous as it floated over the pothole-filled road I was test driving on.


    And that is exactly opposite to my reasoning. I found a quality of the ride very appealing and have chosen the S80 over the S70 back in late 1999 despite of the 6-7K price difference.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,150
    Maybe you misinterpreted my statement to be negative, but what you just said is actually not the "exact opposite," because I never said the ride lacked quality. Just because something is soft does not, in any way, mean it is somehow bad.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • No, not at all. I did not think that your comment was negative. But apparently you did not like that particular quality, while I did. So our conclusions (reasoning behind the purchasing decision) based on the same quality of ride were opposite.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,150
    ah. ok. just didn't want anyone to think i was dissin' their car. ;)


    my mistake.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • After looking at the BMW 5, Mercedes e320 and Audi A6, I've decided on the S80 Volvo for a luxury sedan. I am due to pick up a 2001 moondust exterior with leather tan interior from a luxury used car dealership. They are asking 15,900 for this car. It has 47k miles on it, good condition recently sold at an Volvo finance auction. Is this a good price for this vehicle? The manf warranty is good til Aug of this year. I want to buy an extended warranty for this also. He is quoting me 1600 for 4 year or 45k miles. Zero deductible. Does this sound reasonable? anything I should be aware of? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    While you are waiting for some feedback here, you might also try asking in our Real-World Trade-In Values discussion. There is a dealer named Terry there (rroyce10 is his screen name) who will give you his straightforward assessment as long as you provide him all the information that is itemized in red just above the post box.


    Hope it works out for you - let us know!
  • I am not an expert in the used car market, but $1600 for the extended warranty sounds very good. I have paid $2265 for the similar terms (though I do not know what is covered by your policy) @49,950 miles.
  • heywood1heywood1 Posts: 839
    Is this VIP warranty? Also, you might consider $100 deductible. I don't think 'zero' is ever the best value for an EW.
  • heywood1heywood1 Posts: 839
    Is this VIP warranty? T-6 or 2.9? Also, you might consider $100 deductible. I don't think 'zero' is ever the best value for an EW.
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