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1999 Volvo S80 Sedan

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Loved the Car, but it has not lasted
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By Aussies
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1999 Volvo S80 Sedan T6 Turbo 4dr Sedan


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All Volvo maintenance & service performed by Volvo. Taken for multiple service ref limp mode issue, hesitations, and brakes slipping driving from cold start. Oct2008 in limp mode then stopped dead after driven 40 miles. Towed to Volvo, Georgetown TX. Kept one week & said nothing wrong. Feb2009, after driven less than 2000 miles, took to Volvo Austin TX. S80 hesitated entering the service bay. Volvo wants $4000+ to repair right & left front spring seats, Hood shocks, Front brake pads, Front brake rotors, Four tie rods, Realignment, Lower right engine mount, Both lower control arms, Lower engine air guide, Transmission pan gasket, engine breather box, ETM dirty. How can all this be wrong now?


Favorite Features

Smooth ride, seat comfort, safety


Suggested Improvements

Do not buy a first year beta model. Vehicle of this quality and price should have lasted a lot longer without so many issues.


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Bad Tranny Was The Last Straw
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By WSV
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1999 Volvo S80 Sedan T6 Turbo 4dr Sedan


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After buying the car used from a Volvo dealership, I had traction control module and transmission service urgent warnings within about two months. The car must have been rode hard in a prior life and had some serious electronic/mechanic issues. TCM was replaced after losing control and ending up in a ditch. Followed up by a near-fatal loss of power due to a faulty Electronic Throttle Module on an expressway surrounded by semis going 75mph (dealer replaced on recall). Last straw was another bout of Transmission Service Urgent warnings that the dealer claimed meant needing a new transmission at less than 80K miles. Knock on wood, my 2005 S80 T6 has been problem free for 8 months cross-country.


Favorite Features

Plenty of passing power. Comfortable seats good for long drives. Dual-zone climate control. Winter driving mode good for starting on slippery roads. Beautiful Moondust metallic paint.


Suggested Improvements

Need interior trunk release button. More backseat legroom. Re-engineer faulty Electronic Throttle Module; be quicker on recalls (7 years later). City mileage was horrid. Cheap front seat pop-up cup holder. Sheet metal on doors overly susceptible to door dents. Rear visibility needs improvement.


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Loved it!
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By nwkent25
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1999 Volvo S80 Sedan 2.9 4dr Sedan


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I bought mine wrecked with 70k miles-- my dad owns a shop and he fixed it and then we moved across the country. It does excellent in bad snow, even with the winter driving off. I had no issues with this car whatsoever. My only issue was that parts cost so much and you really have to take it to the dealer for just an oil change because no one carries the filter. It's pretty fast for a full size sedan and mine got 25-28 mpg. The stereo sound is pretty awesome for just being factory. If brand new ones weren't so expensive I would buy another.


Favorite Features

The interior--everything is nice, the seats are comfortable (and heated!), and it makes road trips a lot more comfortable because there's so much room. And it has a very large trunk. The leather wears much slower than in other cars of the same age, which is great!


Suggested Improvements

Price of replacement parts. The wipers on the headlights are ugly and drive me crazy


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The Car that Couldn't
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By My Great S80 LEMON
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1999 Volvo S80 Sedan T6 Turbo 4dr Sedan


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Turbo engine smooth and powerful, but many mechanical problems and design issues. Even SRS systems stop working, Volvo took no responsibility and left me with Un-Safe vehicle. Engineer could solve problem. Fuel Tank stop accepting fuel - Volvo could not explain, Fuel line broke within weeks after spending $2200 to fix other problems. Electronic Control Module (control for SRS is located beneath cup holderwhich leaked twice and cost me >$800 each time to fix. Volvo took responsibility for bad design or offered solution. Bottom line is Volvo and its dealers left me with expenses and estimates of more than $15,000 on a car with less than 86,000 miles and a lot less safe than older cars.


Favorite Features

Engine was very smooth and efficient when able to drive. Navigation system controls in stearing wheel, integrated phone system, Had a great ride. Great suspension system. All great items with the car functioned properly and could be safely driven.


Suggested Improvements

Stand behind the product made!. Don't leave the customer paying ~$50,000 for a car and leaving them with a lemon! With only options of its out of warranty now! Although clear history tell story. Don't take good customers who pay for service and ask keep asking to fix your beta problems.


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Huge Repair Costs
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By Brian
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1999 Volvo S80 Sedan 2.9 4dr Sedan


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I really enjoyed the car up until the 60k mile mark. The car slowly began to fall apart. I seemed to have had a $2K+ problem every few months. Every time I thought nothing else could go wrong, it did. I really figured the car was practically new from all the dealer repair visits. Lastly, after the transmission went (repairs exceeding $12k in a 3yr period) it was time to call it quits.


Favorite Features

Exterior styling and seating comfort.


Suggested Improvements

Reliability.


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