1999 Volvo S80 Consumer Review: Bad Tranny Was The Last Straw
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1999 Volvo S80 - Consumer Review

1999 Volvo S80

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T6 Sedan (2.8L 6-cyl. Twin-turbo 4-speed Automatic)

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Bad Tranny Was The Last Straw
By WSV on

Vehicle

1999 Volvo S80 T6 Turbo 4dr Sedan

Review

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.

Best 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.

Worst Features

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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