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  • Hi all -
    I bought my S80 T6 from Volvo of Richardson, TX. Dealership is great. Problem is I now live in Austin. Volvo of Austin is not so good.

    I have 10K miles since nov99 - mostly trouble free. Had the engine mounts changed and the door seal replaced. No other problems till I got the new Steely Dan CD and I started to notice some problems in the stereo.

    Seems that during certain bass-heavy, quiet sequences, I hear a crackle in the speakers when I have the Dolby Pro-Logic engaged. I hear it less on 3-chan mode, but I still hear it.

    Yes, yes, I checked this against some other CD's and it's still there. Just wanted to see if anyone else had this same experience. Hate to complain about this, but I love my Carlos and Walter and want to hear them sans crackle.

    Also started getting some "pops" on the headliner during this latest hot spell (100+ in Austin). Any thoughts from this group on that or is that a Texas-only problem. I was guessing the temp-differential between the roof and the headliner was causing the problem, but who knows.

    I'm still in love with my car. Customers and friends are suitably impressed and I'm crazy about the drive/handling/performance of the S80-T6. Made a huge mistake one time and had the car wash place put their idea of "New Car Scent" in my precious vehicle. How stupid was that!

    Good luck to all.
  • rollierollie Posts: 337
    Regarding post #319:

    luxbuyer, this crackling Dolby issue has been reported by a few other owners in the past as well. Early on, the repair was thought to be a replacement of the head unit. I'm pretty sure I used to experience this from time to time as well but haven't heard it in a long time now. I wonder if one of the software upgrades during a maintenance visit took care of it? Either way, I hope you can find a sympathetic ear (literally) at your dealer in Austin. If you can duplicate the problem for them then they should be able to tend to it. Back when I experienced this issue I stopped by my local dealer and couldn't duplicate it despite my best efforts.


    Good luck.

    -rdo
    rdollie@home.com
  • jefff1jefff1 Posts: 5
    Here's a problem I've not seen before on this forum: I cannot open my trunk electronically. The trunk release on my 2000 S-80 T-6 no longer responds to the remote. The doors lock and unlock just fine, but I have to use the key to open the trunk. (I didn't even know there was a place to use a key.) Has anyone had a similar experience? I'm taking the car to the dealer tomorrow. This is a new one for him too.
  • jefff1jefff1 Posts: 5
    You were right. The button on my dash was on. I simply pushed the button and my trunk unlocks from the remote. I'm not sure how it got on in the first place. When my trunk would not open I consulted the owner's manual, which is how I found out about the key. I also pressed the button on the dash, but now that I think about it, I probably pushed it when the motor was off. Anyway, thanks again. I'm interested in hearing what my dealer says when I call him tomorrow to cancel my appointment.
  • cacamiocacamio Posts: 8
    I need to get something off of my chest: I'm sorry that Rowland had a bad experience with his S80, and I hope he enjoys his MB. BUT, I think he should reconsider his Volvo bashing campaign. I think it is uncalled for. For grins, I have scanned the Mercedes E class board and found complaints about the power windows, CD player, oil level gauge, chipping paint job, etc. BUT I don't plan to steer my friends away from Mercedes based on that. The S80 is a fine car as is the MB, let's all get along. OMO
  • rowlandjrowlandj Posts: 254
    Re: post 323 - the car was only 50% of the problem - VCNA was the other 50%. Too much to put here but the problem was not fixed over 15 months and as many trips to dealer. Eventually it became my problem not the car, even though I demonstrated it still existed to the technician.

    I wanted to stay with the S80, just a different one. This did not happen hence my departure.

    Better luck to all those who will stick with it. I for one will not drive a car that is sub-standard, particularly in the price range we are discussing here.

    Regards,

    JR
  • I am sorry you are having problems with the dealer in Austin. I have a friend there that bought a used Volvo from them (her mom had a Volvo and loves it), it had problems and the Austin dealer was of no help. Ended us getting out of the car a week later and about $300 out of pocket. I know it is a hassle, but a friend really likes the dealership in San Antonio. I know it is about 65 miles away, but maybe it would be worth taking your car to them and letting them keep it for a few days. Like you< I bought from Volvo of Richardson and so far am very happy with them. Good Luck!
  • For whatever it's worth, today I went shopping for the best lease deal I could find. I found a 2000 E320 awd for $799/mo. which I understand is a good deal. Next I priced a 2001 S80 T6 with sunroof/leather, cold weather, 4 CD dolby, DSTC and 17" wheels. I was very surprised that the best they could do was $728/mo. Both deals include tax and are for 39 and 36 months respectively. The MB lease deal seems to be relatively great considering the $10K greater MSRP on the E320 4matic and they give you free scheduled maintenance. I like the volvo better but I'm having trouble passing on this.
  • Hey, gang! My 2001 T6 reportedly shipped on Aug 20. Someone alluded earlier to a web site to track the vessel. I've not been able to find the URL and would appreciate a reminder. Thanks.
  • I had a very weird experience with my S80 that I'd like to share with everyone:

    1. I Was driving on the freeway and was exiting to a ramp, where there was a traffic.

    2. When slowing down, the following happened:
    a. There was a lot of resistance when hitting the brake.
    b. Have to floor it all the way to slow down and come to a full stop. Even that, the car still "jerking" forward, as if I am stepping on the accelerator and the brake pedal at the same time. At this time, RPM is at about 2000 and the car begin to shake.
    3. Swtich the transmission to "P", but then the RPM goes up to 5000 and the car is shaking even more.
    4. Turn off the engine, then turn it on back, then everythign "seems" normal.

    This happened two days ago and the problem had crept up. Now it happened even when I am driving at low speed (on residential area, 20 mph or less). It always happened when I am slowing down to a full stop.

    THe car will be take to tbe Dealer in 2 days (closed on Sunday and Labor Day) but I am wondering if anyone experienced or know what would be the cause of this problem. Thanks All!
  • I had a very weird experience with my S80 that I'd
    like to share with everyone:

    1. I Was driving on the freeway and was exiting to
    a ramp, where there was a traffic light.

    2. When slowing down, the following happened:
    a. There was a lot of resistance when hitting the
    brake.
    b. Have to floor it all the way to slow down and
    to come to a full stop. Even that, the car still
    "jerking" forward, as if I am stepping on the
    accelerator and the brake pedal at the same time.
    At this time, RPM is at about 2000 and the car
    begin to shake.
    3. Swtich the transmission to "P", but then the
    RPM goes up to 5000 and the car is shaking even
    more.
    4. Turn off the engine, then turn it on back, then
    everythign "seems" normal.

    This happened two days ago and the problem had
    crept up. Now it happened even when I am driving at
    low speed (on residential area, 20 mph or less).
    It always happened when I am slowing down to a full
    stop.

    THe car will be take to tbe Dealer in 2 days
    (closed on Sunday and Labor Day) but I am wondering
    if anyone experienced or know what would be the
    cause of this problem. Thanks All!
  • I recently had the same experience with my old '93 Buick LeSabre. The diagnosis was a sticking throttle position sensor, and the cure was simply to clean it and free it up. It does sound something that shouldn't happen to a nearly new car, but I hope your diagnosis and cure is as simple as mine was.

    Mark
  • Been there, done that. It is a temperature differential and I get it on hot days in Atlanta too. It always goes away after a few minutes.
  • My t6 shipped the same day as yours. I called my port of destination today(Jacksonville), and they said the car will be unloaded tomorrow Sept. 6. They said allow 2-3 days for customs and another 3-4 to get it to NC.
  • Does anyone know if the ISO-FIX attachment and safty seats available for 2001 V70 can be used in 2001 S80?

    Thanks,

    Bravo
  • UPDATE: I brought my car to Smythe Volvo in San Jose, CA and after two days, they told me that they could NOT figure out what was the problem so they have to bring in a Volvo rep.

    This is sound really bad to me. Now I feel like changing car. If Volvo Co. decided (after the diagnostic or whatever they need to do) to replace my car with a new one, I will ask for the money and I'll buy another one.

    What do you think?
  • Sure, you will get another car or your money back. You are dreaming - get used to whatever problems you have and learn to live with them. You can sell the car yourself now and avoid months/years of aggravation and consider it a lesson learned the hard way. VCNA will not give you satisfaction.
  • Your dealer sounds high. I've got an 00 T6 with everything you listed plus the security package. 3 years, 50,000 miles and $zero down for $649/mo. Good luck -- I think you'd like the Volvo better.
  • I had a swede-mobile years ago and almost bought a (slightly) used T6. I wondered why it was such a bargain at the local lexus dealer. Thank you Rowlanddj -- after reading these posts, I am certain you saved me years of agony and repair bills. It was a nice car, but who needs these hassles. THANK GOD FOR ROWLAND!!!
  • You are welcome - I am glad that I am able to save some other folks the aggravation that I was put through. It is really a shame, but that's the way it goes.

    JR
  • I'll check out the SA Volvo dealership the next time I need servicing - will probably try them when the recall comes around (mid-Sep?).

    Hate to bash those guys, but it drives me nuts when ANY dealership spends so much time on "quality audits" instead of focusing on good dealership practices. It's so simple. Take the word "no" out of your vocabulary. When dealing with luxury cars, there can be no other way.

    Hello - Volvo dealers, are you listening??
  • emachine and Croeux.
    Thanks for you comments. I intend to try both methods.
  • Is it just me or did Car and Driver say that the 2001 S80s will be five speeds?
  • No 5-speed for 2001.
  • jarchjarch Posts: 16
    You know rowlandj, I understand that you no longer have an S80 and you are happy with your new car, a Mercedes. Great. But your personal negative experience with your Volvo is not the only relevant opinion out there either!

    What I don't understand is why you are trying to make it sound like the S80 is the worst car on the planet and that anyone who buys one is in for years of headache and trouble (and must be stupid or something). I think you are wrong and I feel I should at least alert other users of this forum that other valid opinions (positive ones) also exist out there.

    Personally, I am also baffled as to why rowlandj you must keep posting on this S80 forum and trying to sway people away from buying Volvo cars. Sounds more like a personal vendetta to me...

    Anyway - I have a 2000 S80 T6 and I have had a very good experience with it. It isn't perfect, but I don't believe perfection exists anywhere on this planet either. Overall, it is simply the best car I've ever owned and I think its value is GREAT compared to a MB or BMW (I've owned 2 BMWs before).

    So others that are new to this forum or are trying to decide on a new S80 (or not), realize that rowlandj's opinion (and mine included) should all be take with a grain of salt. I like my 2000 Volvo S80 T6 very much and want to remind everyone that there are many more happy owners out there (by far) than dissatisfied ones...
  • I'm experiencing severe clunking / popping noise upon slow turns on incline or decline. Local Volvo service suspects the car needs a ball joint replacement.

    Several posts on this message board mentioned a bushing/O-ring replacement.

    What is the difference?

    Just curious.
  • I gotta agree with JARCH on this one. Seems like
    RowlandJ does indeed have his knickers in a tight
    wad over his ex-S80.

    Our S80 T6 has performed wonderfully over the past
    7 months, coming up on the 7500 mile service
    interval.

    We've had a few minor factory issues (the Radio/CD
    player required replacing, and 2 interior trim
    pieces needed replacing), and one self-induced
    issue (inadvertently using metallic tint on the
    rear window, mucking with the NAV system); but
    overall - the S80 ranks on par with our vehicles -
    to include our pampered baby - the 2000 MB E55.

    So for prospective buyers of the S80 - I'd
    heartily recommended you download all 5 sections of
    the Volvo S80 thread, make a pot of coffee, and
    settle down for some interesting, enlightening,
    helpful, (sometimes bickering, but I scroll past
    those poor souls), and always useful
    tidbits that have come out of this forum.

    Rowlandj - pack your bags and move on over to the
    MB forum; you'll be more welcome there - and your
    posts more apt to be taken seriously since you now
    own the E320.

    If you were in the Dallas metroplex, I'd welcome a
    cup of coffee and a chance to sit down, away from
    the keyboard to discuss the virtues - good and bad,
    of both the Volvo and MB product.

    At any rate folks - enjoy your car - no matter
    what you drive.

    Regards,

    Phil
  • just realized with my last posting I've moved onto a new handle on this forum (to match the license tag of our S80) - TX Behr.

    Used to post under philzornes (bland, not original) - now posting under TX_Behr...

    Happy Motoring Folks!

    Phil
  • To those of you who would take the path that says "my car is fine so you should not have a problem" are missing the point of my postings.

    Not all car manufacturers make perfect vehicles, however when they make a bad one they should stand up and do the right thing. In my case they didn't, and from what I can tell this is true for many others with this particular model.

    I would have been more than happy to take another S-80 since I really did like the car, this option was never available to me. Instead I was treated as if I was the problem by VCNA.

    So say what you wish here, I for one will never have anything to do with a company whose support of the top of the line vehicle is as poor as Volvo's.

    Happy motoring to the rest of you - whatever vehicle you choose.

    JR
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