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Volvo S80

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  • I am planning to get a new S80 in 2008 through the OSD and hope that I6 will be around 35-37K, as it used to be.
    I've got mine S80 2.9 2000 for just under 35K. The T6 was 40K OSD.
    I am so anxious to see the new S80 "alive". Some latest published pictures look very promising. Was new S80 introduced to the dealers yet?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    No, the S80 is still officialy under wraps.

    It should debut in March at Geneva.

    Dealer deliveries will commence in the 4th quarter of 2006.
  • :confuse: Our 2000 S80 recently presented an interesting problem: ignition key spins in the ignition lock and doesn't engage the starting circuits. Leave it alone and come back to it a bit later and the key and ignition lock work fine. The service center (independent) we deal with specializes in Volvos. They've indicated that the entire ignition lock module will need to be replaced. The part has to be ordered from Sweden (two weeks). They casually mentioned that they currently have five replacement part kits on order for other customers. Is this ignition lock problem an undocumented mechanical reliability "feature" of the 2000 S80? Anyone else experience the spinning key problem?
  • A question to anyone who knows:

    I came across the following dimensions for a new S80
    509.0x189.2x156.2 (LxWxH, in cm), or 200.4x74.5x61.5 (in inches), which puts it well above of all European and Japanese short-base "grand-marque". It is bigger in all dimensions than BMW750, Audi A8, Lexus LS430, Mercedes S350, etc., and just slightly shorter than respective long-base versions (750iL, A8 L, S500, etc.)

    Can anyone confirm?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    The new car is supposed to be bigger, but I can't confirm the dimensions.
  • heywood1heywood1 Posts: 847
    I'd be more than surprised if the new S80 is larger than a short-wheel-base S-Class or 7-series...
  • rambodrambod Posts: 2
    Hi

    I have the opportunity to buy a 2002 S80 with 50000 miles for $15000.
    Is this a good buy?

    More importantly since it is out of warranty:
    How reliable is the S80?
    How much do repairs cost compared to std US cars?
    Is extended warranty a MUST?

    I would love to buy this car but am very concerned about failure
    rates and repair costs.
    Please help

    Rambod.
  • rambodrambod Posts: 2
    I have the opportunity to buy a 2002 S80 with 50000 miles for only
    $15000.
    Is this a good buy?

    More importantly since it is out of warranty:
    How reliable is the S80?
    How much do repairs cost compared to std US cars?
    Is extended warranty a MUST?

    I would love to buy this car but am very concerned about failure
    rates and repair costs.
    Please help

    Rambod.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Price sounds fine.
    By 2002 the S80 was very reliable.
    Repair costs are higher than a typical car.

    A warranty is always a good idea.
  • It is very possible, consider that the S80-based Ford 500 is larger than the mentioned cars and have pretty much the same dimensions as the ones that I have quoted (however - that fact could be a reason for the rumors). So what comes first - egg or chicken?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    You can always change dimensions on a platform.

    Look at the Lincoln MKS, it uses the new S80 chassis and driveline.
  • Max,
    What is this new platform - updated P2 or "super-sized" C1+.

    I have heard rumors going both ways, but you should know by now...

    Strictly a curiosity, I am going to like it either way.
  • westeemwesteem Posts: 49
    Those of you who have purchased a new 2005 T6, what did you pay out the door?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Neither, Volvo calls their version the P1+ :)

    C1 is the lesser Ford variant.
  • I'm considering a certified s80. One with 50,000 miles or less, and I think at least a 2003, but maybe a 2002 (since warranty goes from original date of purchase). I drove an s80 t6 yesterday from a local dealer. First thing, the car was marked as a 2002, but had color-coded trim. It is a light green color. I thought the color-coded trim began in 2003. Is this really a 2003 that they marked as a 2002?
    Also, I'm coming from a RWD 760, so I really found the turning to be boat-like. Even a 90-degree turn felt big. But I can get used to that. Also the steering feel seemed somewhat slow and light. My wife has an 06 s40 and this was definitely slower and lighter. So the steering seemed just OK to me. But what bothered me was the ride. It was a T6 with 17-inch tires, but it did not give a luxury ride over the bumps. The dealer thought that the tires may have been overinflated. I'll have to try a few more T6's, but the ride was unsatisfactory in this car. Acceleration was extremely strong, it's actually more power than I would need. So, I'm not sure if I'll go T6 or 2.9, I'll highway test both, but I'll go with a T6 if the next ones that I test ride well over bumps.

    Any experiences with certified s80s? Any advice? Caveats? Is 2002 a good year (reviews on Edmunds seem mostly positive). 2003? What are things I should make sure are right before finalizing the deal?

    No hurry to buy car. Looking to purchase in 6 to 8 weeks from today.
  • amazonamazon Posts: 293
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    It'll have a 235 hp 3.2 liter 6 cylinder (don't know the source) and the 315 hp4.4 liter V8 from Yamaha.
  • amazonamazon Posts: 293
    I guess that was old news..... :blush:
  • Do not be upset. It may be an old but great news. I am so looking forward to see it in "flesh and ... metal" soon. :)
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    It is old news, but here is the refresher.
    2007 S80
    311 hp V8, 6spd Geartronic AWD
    235 hp SI6(new Volvo engine)6 spd Geartronic FWD.

    On sale 4th quarter 2006.
    Will be officially unveiled at the Geneva auto show in March.
  • I want to buy a used S80 but seeing all the problems posted here, now I am not so sure. Any advise on which years were good?
  • 2001 and up. And 2.5T is GOOD.
  • Keep in mind, most people only post with problems. That being said, I love Volvos, but I would own one without a warranty. Of course I feel that way about all luxury cars. :)
  • We (all my family of 4 with 2 teens) love our Volvos, We own 740, 2000 S80 2.9 and 2004 XC90 2.5T AWD. And we already planning an OSD trip to get our next S80.
    I did buy an extended warranty for both new cars though, however, it is just to buy a peace of mind. I did not break even with my S80 (110K and counting) and we did not even tap into any repair bills with our XC90 (32K).
  • Has anyone had problems with condensation inside the headlamp assembly during wet and humid weather? I have a 2005 S80, T6 but the service department will not fix it until I can bring it in when there is condensation. What was the fix for this problem?
  • larryp3larryp3 Posts: 20
    Volvo has been fitting a revised lamp access cap inside behind the headlight assy (2 per side) which has a gortex vent built in to release that moisture. This fix has been around for about 3 or 4 years and is included in all production since introduction. The part is a direct replacement for the original which releases with a turning motion.
  • westeemwesteem Posts: 49
    Thank you for your response. If this fix has been in production for a couple of years, wouldn't the 2005 model have the fix installed as part of the production car? Could this be caused by another problem?
  • deb16deb16 Posts: 1
    I also own a 99 S80 T6 and I also have the same problem! I have brought it in many times also; the light goes on then off now it is on all the time. I also have developed a oil leak for the 2nd time and the ball joints are loose again! the car only has 63,000 miles, :mad: I am about ready to trade it in :cry:
  • tulsahogtulsahog Posts: 64
    On a 2003 Volvo S 80 with 18,000 miles, this morning when I stepped on the brake a message in the info center came on as: Check Stop Lamp. It went off when I took my foot off the brake. The "Brake" message light did not come on, so it does not appear to be related to the brakes.

    I assumed this referred to the rear stop light mounted in the middle top of the rear window or to one of the stop lamps in the tail lights. All three are working properly (both stop lights in tail lights and the lamp in rear window).

    Any ideas what this means?
  • tulsahogtulsahog Posts: 64
    Called Volvo service and they said this means one of the stop lamps is going out. A higher than normal resistance in the lamp has been detected.

    Guess I will wait until it goes out and then replace.
  • spridelspridel Posts: 2
    I purchased a certified pre-owned 2000 S80 with 26k miles on it and drove it mainly on the highway for an additional 50k until I had a catastrophic engine failure that lead to a massive fire and the car being destroyed. Thank God for good insurance, since Volvo basically wiped their hands clean even though the car was still under warranty. They said I did not have the proper maintenance performed, even though I had over $2000 worth of work done at the dealership. I had all the paperwork to prove it and they still did not want to help me and neither did the dealer.

    I can tell you of all the issues I had starting way before the engine failure.....

    1. I had the top strut mounts replaced because of a very loud clunking whenever a bump was hit in the road. This was at 42k miles.

    2. The oil pressure sensor was replaced 3 times between 50k - 62k. At this time they also tried to get me to purchase a new oil pan due to sludge. I told them to clean it out. I am not replacing a part because it is dirty.

    3. The O-ring for the oil pump had to be replaced.

    4. The throttle body unit was replaced due to a TSB.

    5. The headliner and cloth on the pillars started falling off.

    6. The door alarm and key switch failures.

    This is just the start of things and that I cannot remember the rest. It angered me that Volvo did not want to help me with my issues. It is hard to believe that I was wanting to trade this car in on a new S40 or V50....You guys sure know how to dispose of customers. Since you did not want to assist me, I am spreading the word about the a very bad reputation. Thanks Ford...you really ruined what used to be a good car company. :lemon:
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