This car is a very well built veicle and is very comfortable on long trips. The ride is very smooth and with twin turbos, the accelerator can quickly and smoothly bring you to the attention of the traffic police without the driver realizing it. Tire noise is noticeable with the high performance radial tires. Standard sound system is very good with great sound quality.
This car is a good choice for a full load of passengers as it has the power and comfort level for all passenges in front or back seats.
The only drawback of this vehicle is the visibility. The rear view mirrors are tear-drop shaped a rather small in a manner which substantially reduces the visibility in side view mirrors. The rear of the vehicle is curved such that determining distance when backing is challenging.
I've had this car now for six years, and have loved it from the first day I drove it off the lot. It has been a good performer, but has not been trouble-free: - leak in the coolant reservoir * - radiator fan didn't work * - sway bar broken twice (* first time) - lots of position light bulbs burning out - oil leaking from the o-rings - dismal AM radio reception (never fixed) * = covered under warranty. I have also found the maintenance on this car to be painfully expensive. The doors also get dinged VERY easily. My old Honda never cost anywhere near this much, but I never loved it like I love my Volvo!
Style and comfort are at the top of this list, followed closely by performance and ride. This car moves like a much lighter car when I want it to, and handles great. It is also nice to have my friends ooo and ahhh over my ride!
The wide shoulders on this car are part of its distinctive style, but also make it susceptible to dings. The AM radio reception is awful!!! So much for listening to ballgames in the car (the FM/CD quality is fine).
extended warranty is a must. Volvo's 50k + mile warranty is all you need. Covered: replace both front wheel hubs- roaring noise $640 @77,339 miles; cooling fan bad @ 65,330; cooling fan replaced @ 73,118 miles-again. Got free loaner car-dealer is excellent. Love the car-best car ever owned in 40 years. Drives like a dream.
Interior comfort, sound system, dash look, a/c comfort, engine power. Compliments all the time from friends. Could sell it tomorrow.
Extend warranty to 150,000 miles for $200.00. Outside trim lights are flimsy. Tend to come loose.
The local dealer said they will not get any S80 until 2008 while Volvo does a complete redesign. I hope they improve the suspension to be on a par with the Infinity and Lexus. The S80 styling appeals more to me than these competitors but mine is simply awful when it comes to road bumps and manhole covers.
Styling of the body is really great. The rear passenger space is good.
Vastly improve the suspension. Don't substitute metal painted to look like wood. Use real leather for CD holder cover.
i sometimes refer to my S80 as my $40,000 bucket o' bolts, but i was spoiled by my 94 960 sdn with 170000 trouble free miles. the S80 is gorgeous BUT: both struts noisy (mind you at 60K miles; that may be their life span), head seal leaking, sunroof noisy when opened because suspension is SO tight, windows squeak when going down (always on pass side, sometimes on driver side), and the finish put on plastic panels inside scratches...but I love Volvo!!!