I bought my S80 T6 on eBay (I know-what
was I thinking). In the 8 mos. I've
had the vehicle, I've dumped over $3000
in repairs. Seems like every time I
take it to the shop (which is often) it
costs $600. It's really too bad,
because this is a great driving car
with exceptional comfort and interior
features. I won't buy another Volvo
because of this, and it's dissapointing.
Driver comfort is very good. Controls
are well thought out, and climate
control works well.
Reliability and mechanical engineering
were overlooked on this first year
attempt. Hopefully Volvo learned by
their early mistakes on this model!
I've read and heard about all the
great, long-lived Volvos. Mine will not
be one. Since the very day I picked it
up, nothing but troubles. Leaks,
squeeks, electrical problems, and a lot
of time spent in the shop, including a
complete transmission replacement.
Fortunately for me, this was purchased
as a Certified Used Car ... so it's all
covered until I hit 100,000 miles.
Well, I still pay 50 bucks everytime I
visit the shop. Dealer has been
fantastic through it all, though.
Front seat comfort. Heated seats.
Sports car feel and responsiveness.
Good gas mileage.
Most of all, some consistent quality
construction. The dealer is trying all
they can, but like other owners'
Volvos, this one seems to be a real
dog. I would hate to see what's going
to happen after 100,000 miles. Believe
me, the car will not be in my
This car was bought used from a
reputable Volvo dealer and I love the
comfort and performance. But, we've
had a lot of problems. A software
upgrade to fix all ills: Been there,
done that-more than once. The radiator,
alternator, battery, engine mounts
(twice), some seal thing($$), and the
fire box(big $$!)have all been
replaced. A rear door has been fixed
and lots of small things. Notably some
finish work is cheap/marker lights fall
out, levers and covers breaking, etc.
Very disappointing at 50K but I'd like
another one, I hear they've worked out
the bugs. (The service guy whispered
that the transmissions have been
problematic, as well $$$!!)
To those of you who don't understand
complaints many have written-count
yourself lucky. I bought mine pre-
certified with 18k miles, and 2k miles
later the nightmare began. Too many
trips to the garage for problems with
the emission,electrical and brake
systems,etc. Just towed it because it
wouldn't go out of park(cable problem).
Love driving it when it's not in the
shop every 6 weeks,but it has to go!
Contacted dealership-value on trade-in
is less than half what I paid 2 yrs
ago. So much for Volvos retaining their
value! Dealership admitted 99 model was
released into production before it was
ready. My advice-stay away-with or
without the extended warranty.
The power, comfort of seats, overall
Light the controls on the steering
wheel. Finish testing the model BEFORE
you put it into production!!!!
I bought this car because of the
impeccable safety record in August
2002 and have had nothing but PROBLEMS
since it left the dealership: Door
locks and tail lights @ 35K miles; A
brand new transmission at 36K miles;
An ABS Sensor at 45K miles; Power
Steering Lines @ 47K miles; and front
suspension replaced at less than 54K
miles. Fortuneately all this was under
the extended warranty. Learned
recently that my 40k car is only worth
about 11K. I'm not waiting for the
extended warranty to expire next May.
I am getting rid of this car NOW.