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Volvo S80



  • scottc3scottc3 Posts: 109
    Does anyone know if the S80 has a service manual out? Haynes, or other? A while back there was mention it was not going to happen.. I'd like to get one for reference if so.


  • anu0anu0 Posts: 13
    I was checking out the S80 T6 at the local dealership and noticed the sticker price stated that the transmission source was United States.

    Does this mean that Ford after buying Volvo is now stuffing their crappy transmissions in the T6?
  • pmvipmvi Posts: 63
    I'm pretty sure it's a GM. BMW also uses GM auto transmissions.
  • dgior11dgior11 Posts: 1
    anyone had this problem ,S80 T6, 20,000 miles. any ideas on a fix?? bumpy roads make it worse!!just recently started . thanks DG
  • I have a Nautic Blue 2000 S80/T6 that I am enjoying. I only have one problem. I only drive the car sparingly on weekends. I didn't drive the car (or start it) for two weeks. I took it out and drove for about 5 miles and stopped into a store for about 15 minutes. When I returned, the battery was dead. The messages were gibberish. The dealer had it towed (at their expense) and checked it over and said the battery was dead from lack of use. They gave me a new battery, just in case.

    Has anyone ever had this problem? Is this usual? I will be starting it up at least twice a week, but I'm concerned that the battery is being drained somehow.
  • We're about to close a deal on a '99 T6 with 46K from a dealer here on LI. This will be the 7th Volvo in our car buying experience -- none of them new.

    Overall everything about the car appears to be excellent. I've seen all the service records and nothing major (or repeatedly minor) shows up as a red flag. The service records indicate a somewhat compulsive owner who changed the engine oil every 3K. I've taken the car to my local (very experienced) mechanic for a check-over and except for a worn right front inner tie rod end everything is in good shape.

    Several questions that the mechanic warned me of are buzzing in my mind.

    First, he suggested timing belt changes at 50-60K when the Volvo recommended interval is 105K. This is a "Zero Clearance" engine so a failure can be fairly expensive. So does anyone have enough miles on their vehicles to be able to add some experience to the equation. Should I do this on GP just to protect myself or is it overkill and unwarranted?

    Second, he also recommended changing the transmission fluid at 35K intervals. I don't think this even shows up on the service charts at all and I don't think he is trying to generate business for himself. His experience with other "TipTronic" style transmissions is where this comes from.

    Third, it has the Nav system and we've found that it is consistently off by .2 miles no matter what direction we travel. For example it tells us to turn .2 mile after the turnoff has been reached. Is this something that can be corrected with a software upgrade or is a new CD required? Can it be fixed at all?
  • miker10miker10 Posts: 5
    jletkowicz & tennberg,

    i'm ready to head back for the fifth or sixth
    time (i've lost count) to fix the left rear
    door lock on my 2001 s80 2.9. my problem is a
    bit different: the lock will not function.
    they've replaced the lock mechanism twice. the
    last visit resulted in a replacement of the
    rear electronics module, which fixed the problem
    for about 2 weeks. this afternoon, the lock failed
    again. this is becoming very frustrating.
    if anyone has some advice, i'm all ears!

  • jlfoxjlfox Posts: 14
    I would suggest using a trickle charger on your battery rather than starting it up for short periods of time. The short running times are bad for the engine for a number of reasons. You should hook up the charger to the post under the hood. No need to go to the trunk for that. 4 to 8 hours, once a week will be more than enough.
  • derekchoyderekchoy Posts: 36
    I am shopping for a Bike Rack for my S80 2.9(99 model), and I am wondering if someone can share their experiences with me here.

    I called two dealers here and they quote me $140 for the load bar and $120 for a rack that holds one bike. I guess I have to get the load bar from Volvo cos it fits on my S80 but do I have to get Volvo's rack as well? Are there any 3rd party racks that are more economical but just as good and convenient?

    Also, is it easy to install and remove the load bar myself?

    Thanks a lot!
  • Derekchoy - The Thule bike racks fit the Volvo system. I have been using this combination for about 2 years on my 99 S80 with no problems. You can fit up to four bikes (depending on weight). With respect to removing the Volvo rack, it can be done by one person provided the bike racks have been removed first. In my case I leave the racks on the system and have someone help remove the combination. In this way I do not have to remount the bike acks each time. It only takes a few minutes to unscrew the four mounts. I also suggest getting a four key set (from Thule) for the feet to prevent tampering (or a 6 or 8 lock set to if adding locks to the bike racks as well).
  • neil2212neil2212 Posts: 16
    I'm about to move across country, and will have my '00 S80 T6 transported to my new location vs. me actually driving it. Are there any things that need to be done prior to having the trucking company haul it away? I'm concerned that the car bouncing on the transport will continuously set off the alarm. I know that the battery could be disconnected, but then you have to access the car via the trunk key, and then reset computers, etc. Is there an easier way? Has anyone else transported their S80 after they took possession?
  • neil2212neil2212 Posts: 16
    I'm about to move to Tucson, AZ and went to the Navtech site to see what their coverage was for that area. To my dismay, Tucson is not covered? Anyone live in Tucson that can tell me how much detail is/isn't provided on the CD-ROMs? Thanks.
  • neil2212neil2212 Posts: 16
    Recently I had a driving light lens broken by a rock. It appears the replacement cost is ~ $80. In order to avoid this repair cost in the future, I'd like to apply some sort of cover to these lenses as well as the headlights (which I understand cost ~$300 to replace). I think that I'm looking for a thick clear rubber protector that has adhesive on the back as my first choice. Does anyone know where I can find such an item? Does anyone have ideas for other options? Thanks.
  • jlfoxjlfox Posts: 14
    IPD Sells the headlite protectors you described. I have it on two cars including the S80. You must follow their instructions to the letter to do it right. No problems in 3 years with the first car. Wipers just ride on top of it. I did the foglites too using the excess material.
  • derekchoyderekchoy Posts: 36
    jletkowicz - Thanks a lot for your help! So basically all I need to do is to get a load bar from Volvo, then go to an authorized Thule dealer and get a bike holder, right? Is there any specific model of holder that I would need in order to fit the holder onto the load bar? I asked several shops and they all had conflicting answers.

    Thanks very much!
  • vancetvancet Posts: 1
    I just picked up my 01 S80 2.9 and I noticed that the car doesn't automatically lock once I'm going 3MPH, or greater. Before I contact the dealership, I'm wondering if anyone has been successful in enabling this feature. Thanks in advance for any insights, this has been a very enlightening forum.
  • jlfoxjlfox Posts: 14
    Two IPD sheets are required. This will cover both headlites and foglites. I did not cover the turn signals. They are plastic, and don't present a perpendicular face to the direction of travel. I also believe this product is not flexible enough to conform to that surface.
  • drmikkidrmikki Posts: 3
    Can any of the members of this board direct me to the articles where the instructions regarding turning off the service light in the Volvo S-80 were published or can anyone tell me how to do it
    Thanks in advance
  • The 2001 S80 has been out for over 6 months, yet there is little discussion in this forum or the S80 Reliability forum about the 2001 model. Can 2001 S80 owners provide some insight as to whether the reliability of 2001 models has improved over the earlier models? I like everything else about the car and reliability will be the deciding factor. As much input as possible will be highly valued by myself and others considering a 2001 or 2002 purchase.
  • gerry14gerry14 Posts: 12
    RE: #600 Reliabilityof 2001s: Got our 2001, 2.9 around September 5, and have put approximately 14,000 miles on it. So far the only problems we have had include the failure of the fuel door locking mechanism to engage when the doors lock--condition existed on delivery--and the loss of one headlight bulb after six months.
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