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Volvo S80



  • heywood1heywood1 Posts: 850
    I'm replying to you again, as my post was deleted for referring you to a website for Volvo owners that would have helped you identify the service codes.

    1999 was the first and darkest year for the S80. The major components that are likely to fail are not mileage-related, and they are EXPENSIVE. I'd buy a 2002 model or newer, because this is a wonderful car.
  • heywood1heywood1 Posts: 850
    I've seen several sets on Ebay (I'm looking too), but they all seem to be Black or Charcoal. I need Taupe/Lt. Taupe.
  • compcomp Posts: 43
    There are several good parts distributors online that will sell you genuine Volvo parts less than dealer retail., and all give you options to buy genuine Volvo parts. I've used several and are very happy.
  • tdogtdog Posts: 4
    I purchased a 2004 S80 AWD last fall, and now that the weather is getting nicer I enjoy opening the sunroof. However, I have noticed that my sunroof is very temperamental during my a.m. commute.

    Specifically, when I try to manipulate the sunroof, the only thing I can do is tilt it (i.e. raise it in back) - can't slide it open. Once tilted, however, I can neither tilt it back to the "flat" position or slide the roof to the open position!

    Only after attacking the sunroof button for 10-15 minutes will it allow me to "untilt" the roof or open/close as I please. At first I thought this was some built-in mechanism as I was trying it under 60 degrees F, but this morning it was 62 with no luck. My experiments also show it is not a function of the car warming up, as it happens whether I start battling the button at engine start or 45 minutes into the commute.

    Of course, the dealership was unable to reproduce the problem...sigh.

    Any suggestions are most welcome - thanks in advance!
  • dolphindolphin Posts: 71
    Don't do it! They are :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: RUN AWAY!!!!

    They have GREAT seats, but they are money-pits AND their dealships cannot fix them!
  • Wow-wow, slow down.

    S80 has a lot of great qualities besides the seats, and it is pretty reliable, especially after 2001 MY. You might want to find a better repair shop. I can give you a couple of names in LA area.

    I will recommend used S80. My 2000 is 92K miles old and I am palnning to keep it for 3-4 more years and replace with another one in 2008.
  • ketch1ketch1 Posts: 2
    Ok guys...I just bought my first Volvo..used 2000 S80. After reading some of these posts, I'm a little freaked out. It seems like when I drive my car for more than 30 minutes, when I go to turn it off, it sounds like a fan is still running under the hood. I really hope this is some sort of cooling fan that cools the engine back down or something. Everything seems to be running fine... HOWEVER, I was on the road the other day, I hit a massive bump and the hard plastic bottom to the car that goes, I believe, underneath the engine (probably there to as a protective shield to rocks..etc) broke off. I picked it up out of the road but have yet to take it in. I'm starting to get nervous about my buy of this car. Someone..please ease my nerves and let me know about the noise under the hood and this plastic covering. I await all responses nervously!
  • The cooling fan runs for a minute or two when you turn the engine off. This is pretty much a standard feature on most cars with the independent electric motor drive for the radiator cooling fan. It is perfectly normal.

    You will hear another fan inside of a cabin later, when it will become hot. The car cools the interior down, so do not freak out then.

    When it comes to the plastic cover - what do you expect? Plastic does break, if you hit it hard...

    Stay focused on a comfort of the driver's seat, quality of the ride, etc, and enjoy your new car.

    the S80 has pretty low road clearance, and I have developed a habit to slow down before the bumps and dips, so I do not scrape or tear off those underbody covers.

    I drive much more boldly over the same spots in my wife's XC90, but it is a totally different story.
  • ketch1ketch1 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the reply. One more follow up question.... is this plastic undercover body something I will need to get fixed? I guess what I'm asking is will this keep me from taking road trips, driving around town...etc.?

    Again...thanks for the reply lev_b.
  • Probably yes, if you'll keep hitting those speed bumps hard... :)
    See if you can re-attach it on your own, I would not do it as a paid service, unless your are planning to use your S80 as an off-road vehicle.
  • hcorrea228hcorrea228 Posts: 11
    Purchasing from a “New” Volvo dealer in Chicago. This is an 04 Volvo Certified S80 T6 Premier. Good Condition with 35,000 rounds.... Dealer will take $28,000 plus TTL and doc. Basic Premier, no Upgraded Stereo, Navigation, 4-C Chaises, Fridge, Reverse Assist or Rear Door Sun Blinds. Vehicle will be Certified through Sept 2009. Looking for some advice, Is this a good deal?

    2004 Volvo S80 T6 Premier:

    Mileage: 35,000

    Color: Black / Graphite Leather

    Major Options: Xenon Headlamps, Electric Rear Sun Blind, Heated Seats Front and Rear, Radio Single CD-player, Radio / Cassette, Cruise, Power Moon Roof, Homelink, DSTC, Power Seats Driver Memory Seat, Rear Seat Entertainment Center DVD player w/ Wireless Head Phone and Remote; Dual Screen DVD / 64 Channel TV Monitor.

    Condition: Good Interior / Exterior

    Only Upgrades / Options from Std T6 Premier Package are the Xenon Headlamps

    All information, opinions assistance, etc would be much appreciated! Thanks!
  • heywood1heywood1 Posts: 850
    Considering the T6 Premier listed for $48K+, and Kelly Blue Book for this mileage is $30K, I'd say this is a reasonable deal with an extended warranty. If this car and color are your first choice, then go for it. You'll love the comfort and power of this car.
  • sharonpsharonp Posts: 1
    The lumbar airbag in the driver's door was deployed when the door was slammed. Now the car won't start. Any advise on what the problem is or where to start looking?

  • cxxviii128cxxviii128 Posts: 14
    I have just been informed that replacing a lost ignition key and remote for my 2000 S80 T6 will set me back about $400 - the ultimate in monopoly pricing. There are nearly 100 "Volvo remotes" for sale on eBay, for $15 or so (the dealer wants $120 just for the remote - not including the cost of reprogramming!!). Of course the dealer claims that they can't possibly program any of the remotes I would get from eBay.

    Has ANYONE out their lost their keys and found a reasonable way to replace them? Can anyone other than Volvo program a key key and/or remote? HELP!

    Thanks in advance -
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Dealer is correct, remotes cannot be reprogrammed.
    That is, any P2 chassis car can't. S80, S60 etc.
    Older Volvo's S70's, 850's those remotes can be reused.

    Its not a monopoly, just reality.
    Buy a new Lexus and lose the keys and see what happens.
    Heck, in some luxury cars the motor co has to program the keys and remotes, not the dealer.
  • cxxviii128cxxviii128 Posts: 14
    So what am I to make then of the (for instance) MyKeyless seller on eBay, who has literally thousands of remotes sold, and dozens (probably more) of sales of Volvo remotes for recent model vehicles. AND they have great feedback: "worked like a charm, works great", etc. etc. They claim even to provide programming instructions with the order.

    Are you saying this (and the other, similar sellers on eBay) are all an elaborate scam? Clearly they are selling remotes for S60, S70, S80, etc. and have happy customers.

    Confused -
  • heywood1heywood1 Posts: 850
    Have you lost both remotes?
  • cxxviii128cxxviii128 Posts: 14
    Yup. Long story.
  • heywood1heywood1 Posts: 850
    Well, then....$400 sounds cheap. I was told not to lose both fobs on my new Sienna, as replacement and programming would be $1,200....
  • cxxviii128cxxviii128 Posts: 14
    So I guess it's all relative... nice of them to tell you up front, though. I would have put one away for safe keeping instead of letting a certain other person run around with it in her purse...
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Sounds like a scam to me.

    The older Volvo's, before 98 can be programmed by the owner.
    Newer ones simply can't.
  • hcorrea228hcorrea228 Posts: 11
    Unable to get TV reception through rear seat ent system. Only black/blank screen when TV option is chosen. DVD and AUX channels / reception are just fine.Any idea. Do not have an instruction manual to aid in diagnosing problem. Any hints or ideas? Anyone? Anyone?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Take it to the dealer, have them make sure that the proper TV box is installed.
    Some of the US models came thru w/ Euro boxes.
  • hcorrea228hcorrea228 Posts: 11
    Thanks for the info..going to the dealer at the end of the week.

    I have another question regarding the stereo system speaker placements. I have the basic 8 speaker stereo system in my T-6 Pr. Any idea what is underneath the mesh cover in the center of my dashboard? Is the opening there just incase I decide to upgrade?

    I assume a center speaker would be place in the dash, but where are 9th and 10th other speakers placed in units with the HU-801 upgraded stereo system.

    I'm thinking of upgrading my system, and would prefer to have HU-801 recommended setup if possible
  • voldovoldo Posts: 2
    Hi. Just bought a 2004 S80 AWD with 17 K miles, certified. I've paid $25k for it and I think it's a very good deal.
    It does not have DSTC and I hear it is imposible to install it aftermarket. Is that so? Anyone knows about this?
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    The center grill is empty.
    The center channel speakers go in there.
  • lev_berkovichlev_berkovich Posts: 858
    Doesn't the Nav display go in there too? And if yes, how does the Nav system co-exist with the Premium audio? I was always curious about it.
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Easy, 2 different speaker sizes.
    If the car has Nav, it gets smaller center speakers.
  • monitagirlmonitagirl Posts: 1
    I want to buy a used car for my sixteen year-old daughter. I'm trying to decide between an S 80 or a Honda Accord. The Accord has a better repair record for all years, but the S 80 is safer. I began looking at 1999 models, and the S 80 has an abysmal record that year. I don't want to spend more than $15,000.

    Any advice?
  • dmarcus48dmarcus48 Posts: 139
    Get the honda. 1999 or 2000 were terrible years for the s80. A honda would be a much better car for her than the s80. Its not a kids car. You're right about the safety factor though. The volvo is a great car, in later years.
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