I've owned this volvo since Oct. 06 and it's been trouble since then. Sway bar links, turbocharger drain o-ring, breaks/rotors, 60K maintenance, and all the recalls on it. I'm still waiting from the dealership about changing the Catalytic Converter, which is thankfully covered by under 80k warranty, otherwise it would've been $1,500 to replace it. It's a very nice car, and I've read some positive reviews on it, but I'd never expected to encounter these many problems from it. I hope there's no more trouble to see on this car because I've already spent $3,100 on it fixing the above plus problems. This volvo didn't meet my expectation of a volvo vehicle that i've heard about in the past.
comfortable heated seats, 4-CD in-dash CD changer, smooth elegant ride.
too late for physical improvements since there's later models of the vehicle, however, an extended warranty on some of the most frequent malfunctioning parts of the vehicle is appreciated since it's costly to fix such things as Transmission, Turbocharger, Struts, Catalytic Converter, and few more.
I bought this car for my 17 year old. It worked great, looked great and ran great until he was smashed hard from behind. The car absorbed the force incredibly. You can see from the damage how the design was made to absorb the forces and the head rests worked great in protecting the neck. he and his brother who was also in the car were not hurt, no whiplash or anything. The driver of the car that hit them was hurt the wreck was so bad.
I would love this car if not for the steady stream of problems and very expensive repairs. I have bought 2 transmissions and had it in the shop for numerous electrical problems that they just can't fix. My dealer says they will no longer resell the s80 because they lose money on the warranty. I have owned volvos for almost 34 years and will never own one again. Volvo should do the right thing and warranty the transmission for 200,000 miles or more. Longevity, that was the volvo way. I expect to have to put a new transmission in it every year. Do yourself a favor. Don't take this vehicle, even if it is free. Much too unreliable. Two others I know that own one agree. A worthless dog of a car.
heated seats, comfortable seats, sporty design
change the transmission and take care of your loyal customers or you will loose them for good. Tell the truth about problems and make good on repairs. The volvos I use to own were reliable and ran forever. this one is in the shop more than I have it on the road. Shameful.
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).