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Volvo S80



  • emachineemachine Posts: 17
    I picked up my 2001 T6 though OSD lat year on July 31. I didn't have the first 2001, but I was pretty close. I ordered the car May 5, and if I remember correctly, it was ready by July 5. The OSD people will know for sure when the 2002s start, but I think production will start in June/July.

    Check the prices on delivery/dropoff. Some cities have substantial surcharges---$500 to $1,000. My wife and I picked ours up in Goteborg(no surcharge and a cool tour of the facility) and drove south to Denmark. A bridge was opened 3 weeks before we got there that links Sweden & Denmark. You can read about it at

    It was an easy drive(on the right side of the road) all throughout Scandinavia, and most people speak english. However, if you want to get to mainland europe quickly, take the ferry. It leaves Goteborg at night and arrives in Germany the next day. Volvo even offers a dicount on one of the ferry lines.

    Main roads are good although very slow and tight in Norway. Remember, the S80 is a big car by American standards, much less european. It is hard to park in many of the old city centers. Talk about fear of door dings! We usually drove to a hotel(check to make sure they have parking) and left the car for a day or so.

    OSD is a great way to buy a car. Would do it again. The only downside is waiting 3-5 weeks for your car to get back to the states.

    Good luck. Let me know if I can answer any more questions.

  • rollierollie Posts: 337
    Regarding post #629:

    Hi camps. Welcome back. I've been laying low for awhile as well.

    Regarding the battery issue - I don't know if leaving just the positive lead connected will be problematic or not. I do know that you will loose simple things like the radio settings, memory seat settings, Homelink programming, etc. if the battery is completely disconnected. An option might be a battery trickle charge unit (you can find them at Wal-Mart, Pep Boys,etc.) that will allow you to leave your battery connected and insure that your car always starts after long periods.

    Either way, I would highly recommend a call to the local dealership to find out if there is any reason to be concerned about leaving just the positive lead connected.

    Good luck.

  • campscamps Posts: 12
    Re post 633.
    Thanks for your response Rollie. It was good to hear you again. What's in the pipe line for you these days. Have you seen the Jaguar X type as yet? What would you compare it with at Volvo? I like it looks as well as that of the Volvo S60.Have you heard any more about the Volvo SUV? I can't wait to see it in the flesh. What do you think?
  • hrollinshrollins Posts: 1
    Hello, I have a 2001 S80 2.9 and there is something moving in my gearshift after I stop. It is like it is on a pendulum. Does anyone else have this noise. The dealership said it gearshift lock moving and that there is nothing wrong with it. I love my Volvo, but this noise is driving me crazy!!
  • dsm4dsm4 Posts: 2
    I have a 2000 S-80 T-6 that I purchased in November 1999. It currently has 29,000 miles. I had a headlight bulb go out the other day. Daylight Running lamps are the default on my car so it was naturally a low-beam bulb that burned out.
    Here is the tip: The low beam and the high beam bulbs are identical. You can temporarily switch the high beam for the low beam bulb and at least have your low beams still working. You should place the burned out low-beam bulb in the high-beam slot to keep the headlight assembly sealed. Also the parts department at my Volvo dealer says that the bulb will replaced under warranty at my next service.
    Anyway I still love driving my S-80. No problems. Lots of miles and lots of fun.

  • derekchoyderekchoy Posts: 36
    I have a 1999 S80 2.9 and my left low-beam light bulb went out at around 22k miles, I figured that since I have my daytime running lights on, it isn't unusual to have a burnt out bulb at 22k miles. Anyway, I brought it into the dealer which got it replaced under warranty on the spot.

  • snuckleysnuckley Posts: 1
    I have 4 S80 T6 11 spoke 16in. alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot HX 225/55-16 mounted . The wheels have no dings or scratches. The tires have 25,000 miles on them. I rotated them out with 4 Blizzaks on steel wheels for winter use. So the wheels saw no salt. The S80 was totaled several weeks back. It saved my wifes life. 50mph head on into the side of a 8500 lb truck that turned in front of her.That awesome Volvo did its job and took the impact beautifully-front end GONE but the front doors Opened! A-pillars and driver footwell not intruded upon. Snow tires were mounted at time of crash and Insur Co wouldn't let me swap-good news for you guys. I want $800 for the 4 wheels and tires + Shipping. They would be a great for any one who wants to run snows on something that looks better Tire Racks wheel covers or upgrade from the base wheel. They gotta cost 300-400ea. from dealer I havent checked.BTW- Wife now driving Audi S4 Avant-her choice. S80 had some electrical gremlins that annoyed
  • poc322poc322 Posts: 22
    I'm seriously looking at buying a Volvo S60 T5 and i was wondering if anyone has dealt with the dearship in Austin TX, and what their experience has been. Bascially i've narrowed my choise down between the volvo and the audi a4 2.8 quttro. So i'm hooping to hear from others about their dealings with the service department and such from the local dealership here, or in general.
  • capoanycapoany Posts: 32
    Picked up '01 T6, after turning in my '00S70, and all is well. $2000 returning VNA rebate, and aggressive pricing made it quite a compelling deal. My second car from Garden State Volvo, Wall, NJ, and they have been quite upstanding. VNA was obstinate on the lease turn in on the S70 however. I offered to buy it at somewhat less than end of lease price ( which was way over RETAIL), but they said no bargaining...OK, let them take a bath at auction.
  • luxbuyerluxbuyer Posts: 6
    poc322 -
    Hate to say, but my experiences with Roger Beasley Volvo sales and service have not been good - the service has been haphazard and the sales department acts like they are the only game in town (which they are!).

    My advice; go on the internet and let either the San Antonio or Richardson Volvo dealers vie for your business. I bought my S80 at Volvo of Richardson and could not be happier with the deal OR the service.

    On the sales side, Roger Beasely had a total of 4 S80's to choose from (Nov99) vs literally 100's in Richardson. The price quote was list plus vs. dollars over invoice at Richardson.

    On service, I tried to have a door seal replaced in Austin. When I picked up my car, the seal was dangling over the door frame! LOOSE!! I pointed out that they had forgot to put a screw back in place, and had to check the car back in for another day. Guess what - they STILL didn't get the screw in the door seal. AAAAUUURRRRGGG.

    I call my service consultant, Terry Smith at Richardson, on the way to Dallas (biz in Dallas takes me there once a month) and he has a car waiting for me when I arrive. Don't try this in Austin. The wait for a loaner car is about 3-6 weeks. Volvo of Richardson takes GREAT pride in their service and strive to do it right. Can't say enough good things, but it's worth the 200+ mile ride to get my car done right.

    No direct experience with the SA dealership.

    Good luck,
  • cacamiocacamio Posts: 8
    Not a major accident. Suburban backs into rear of my S80 in parking lot cracking my bumper and scratching paint on my trunk. My car will be at ins. adjuster on 6/3. Please advise on any tips for dealing with the ins. adjuster and then the body shop so we can be treated fairly. Thanks for any help on this.
  • joel2468joel2468 Posts: 75
    I owned a 1999 S70. About 16000 miles into ownership, someone drove along the passenger side of the car, and damaged the passenger front door and fender (he wasn't paying attention; on the phone). This was about $3K+ damage. Luckily the driver had insurance, but his insurance company insisted that I use one of their body shops, a local Ford Dealership. I fought them for two weeks through my insurance company, and finally they allowed me to have it repaired at a body shop that specializes in volvo, jaguar, bmw, mercedes repairs. The owner of the shop had visited one of the Volvo factories to see how they are manufactured, and only uses genuine Volvo parts, and paint. The repair and paint jobs were perfect. My car was in for repairs for aprox 5 weeks, and insurance picked up a rental car for the whole time period.

    The message here is find a body shop that has a great deal of experience repairing Volvos. Your dealership may be able to help locate one in your area. And use only genuine Volvo parts. And insist the Suburban's insurance pay for a "luxury" rental car...maybe a volv, but probably an infiniti or lincoln LS.

    It is not surprising to me that the driver of something as big as a Suburban hit you. I have seen many near misses in parking lots. If people only had enough common sense to buy sensible cars, instead of gifantic gas guzzlers.... oh well, off the soap box.
  • toddartoddar Posts: 10
    I need a little help. I am looking for a suggestion on replacement tires for my S-80 T-6. The factory Michelin Pilots are getting to the end of their useful life at about 30K. They are okay but I was looking for any suggestions on better handling/wear/ride. I do a good mix of city and highway driving. Since I am not on the Autobahn, I do not think a Z rated tire is necessary. Also, the upgraded Michelin's appear a little pricey. Also, my 30K service is approaching and I think we all know that is an expensive one. Any suggestions from you all knowledgeable ones would be greatly appreciated.

  • cacamiocacamio Posts: 8
    Thanks for the tips. We did get the car to a shop recommended by my Volvo dealership. This place has been repairing Volvos since the mid-1980s. In fact, I did recall having my '82 DL (my first Volvo) in there many years ago. Insurance is taking witness statements now and things look good about proving this was the Suburban's fault. I will post when I get the car back - I miss it a lot!!!
  • metmdxmetmdx Posts: 265
    I am looking for an S60 board and don't see it. Is it time for me to go to the optometrist? Please point me in the right direction.
    Thanks !
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Here is a link to The new Volvo S60 sedan discussion.

    Sedans and Women's Auto Center Message Boards
  • plumber9plumber9 Posts: 1
    my s-80 ia approaching 30000 miles and I wonder if anyone has changed the engine air filter and cabin air filter themselves. How hard a job? Where did you buy the filters? Also how long should the brake pads last with mostly highway driving?
  • doctordickdoctordick Posts: 36
    Query re: air cabin filter change. Filter is under dash on passenger side. I've had it changed twice and it looks like a contortionists job. I had my service persons do it.

    I have over 36k miles and will need pads at next oil change i.e. 40K. But I'm easy on brakes.

    Incidentally, I had a fellow come up to me in my bank parking lot asking about the vehicle. He'd been put off by all the complaints on various web sites. I told hime--and anyone else too---that the car I have, a 99 T6 is the best car I've ever had. Sure, there have been problems, but since I didn't get a bad transmission, the front bushings and air mass replacements were nothing compared to some I've had in the past. Love the car.
    Will think about replacing it in a few years with another 40-60K on it.
  • I am looking at getting either a new volvo s-60 or a used volvo s-80 t-6 with 12000 miles. The S-60 will rum be about $32K with all of the option. Whereas the 2000 S-80 T-6 will run me about $34,500. Which one is the better buy and why.

    Also, I looked at some crach results which said that the 2000 S-80 had some type of problem regarding their airbags in a low speed crash test. Has anyone had this type of problem?
  • shellzshellz Posts: 42
    Hmmm, you have a tough choice. At 12,000 miles, I'd say that most of the S80s problems have probably been worked out. The S80's a comfortable, fast, big car; I love riding in it, but it's not my favorite car to drive. I think your choice depends on your priorities. If you want a big, comfortable, fast (0-60 in 6.6 seconds) then get the S80. I don't know which S60 you're talking about, but it sounds like a base 2.4 or maybe a 2.4t, anyhow, the S80 is faster off the line, but: I would get the S60 if you want a driver's car. The S60 is comfortable just like the S80 too, and it has virtually the same interior, just downsized a little bit, but the S60 drives more nimble and handles better, that's why it's compared to the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, etc.
    So I guess what I'm saying is, that if you want a big car get the S80, the back seat is huge, but if you don't need the size, then get the S60.

    As for the Volvo safety issue, I think I know what you're talking about. I don't remember if Volvo did a recall for that or not, but I do not that starting for 01 S80s all airbags are dual stage, meaning softer impact. Additionally, the Volvo S80 is the safest passenger sedan in the world with five star crash ratings all around.

    Happy shopping, Shellz
  • My experience has not been great. The wait for loaners is too long. They usually do not have the parts you need, even when you describe the problem at the time of an appointment (requiring two separate visits).
    They also have problems getting things to work when they drive the car. I took the S-80 in three times about noise on the moonroof before someone agreed that it needed a new rubber gasket. They beg for you to tell Volvo they are "excellent" but the attitude and experience do not reflect that.
  • bucky1bucky1 Posts: 20
    Am wondering if anyone can give me some input. I am ready to take my S80 2.9 in for 30,000 mile service. My dealer has quoted $435.00 for this service, which (upon reviewing the list of what they will do) seems pretty expensive. The major services (including parts) include 1.) rotate the tires; 2.) replace cabin air filter; 3.) lube, oil and filter; 4.) replace air filter; 5.) replace spark plugs (at 30,000 miles???); 6.) replace brake fluid; 7.) check and top up all other fluids; 8.) lube doors, hood, trunk, sunroof; and 9.) inspect fuel lines, brake lines, brake pads, etc.

    Has anyone had this 30,000 mile service, and what did it cost you. Thanks for your help!
  • ddeliseddelise Posts: 351
    Here is my recommendation:
    Have them do what the Service Book requires - nothing more, nothing less. The 30,000 mile requirements are not that bad on Volvo's, so the price quoted you probably includes many additional items. If you mention this, the service department will continue to try and 'sell' you additional services. But if you insist, you should see the total fall significantly.
  • Recently my service light came on. This occurred right after the car had been serviced. Undoubtedly the mechanic failed to reset. I seem to recall seeing on this board (but have no idea how to locate) instructions for resetting this light w/o having to bring it back to the dealer. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • albert123albert123 Posts: 71
    Topping up all fluids includes the battery. This will dilute the battery and it may die in a few weeks if its condition is bad. This happened to my S70. I complained to the dealer because they didn't warn me and they acted just like this is supposed to happened when I reported the problem to them. Well, my experience has been reflected in the Volvo online survey.
  • pagewilpagewil Posts: 2
    We bought our S80 2.9 thru the OSD program last fall. Picked up at the factory was 11/2/2000. The OSD experience was fabulous -- we did not have time for a long trip, so we drove the car to Copenhagen and back and thoroughly enjoyed the paid for trip -- it was a trip I won't forget and would do it again! I would encourage anyone to go that route, even if they can only do a long weekend as we did. It was worth it and alot of fun. We have had no troubles with the S80 and love the car. My only concern has been the running motor after I turn off the car. I remember reading some postings on this, but can't find them. Can anyone tell me what is normal-- I remember the postings as saying it was normal for the motor fan to run and it cooled off the engine or something .... ? I am getting ready to schedule by 7500 check-up and wanted to see if I should have that checked at that time.
  • jlfoxjlfox Posts: 14
    You may be misunderstanding the topping off of the battery. If the water is low, it means that you've lost water due to normal charge/discharge cycles. You must replace this lost water to keep the plates covered. You are not "diluting" the battery if you mean hurting its function in some way. Volvo had problems with their batteries a while ago and added this checking and topping off to the service routines to extend battery life.
  • landlockedlandlocked Posts: 14
    pagewil - I was too impatient to wait for the OSD delivery and purchased my car without. I am thinking that I should have been more patient given the positive comments I've read recently.

    I have also noticed that the fan inside the car continues to run after I turn off the car. Last week, we parked the car, went to dinner and returned nearly an hour later to find that the fan was running. The outside temp was probably around 75 degrees farenheit at the time, which didn't seem terribly warm ...

    Can anyone who knows about this respond to this post?

  • jlfoxjlfox Posts: 14
    This is a feature not a bug. About 50 mins after turning off the car, the interior fan runs at hi speed (if the A/C was running previously) in order to dry moisture out of the A/C system and thereby prevent mold from forming.
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