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2003 Volvo S80 Sedan

 
 

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Volvo S80 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.9 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 268 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

Review of the 2003 Volvo S80

  • With its distinctive styling, luxurious interior and excellent reputation for safety, the often overlooked S80 deserves consideration.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Loaded with outstanding safety innovations and features, impressively fast in T6 trim, spacious backseat.

  • Cons

    Suspension and steering systems that can't keep up with the T6's engine performance, gets pricey with options.

  • What's New for 2003

    Only minor changes are in store for Volvo's flagship sedan. Rain-sensing wipers and On-Call Plus telematics are newly available features,…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (15 total reviews)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Excellent cruiser

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo S80 T6 4dr Sedan (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 4A)

Volvo has a fine automobile in the S80 T6. Mine has been trouble free; the key to which is regular maintenance. I also recommend a transmission service or flush every 40,000 - 50,000 miles at the dealer. If you plan to keep the car for several years, the servicing you do will pay dividends. This is a fantastic automobile for long trips and highway driving; especially good for moving people in comfort. Fuel economy is much better at cruising speed on the highway; you'll see dramatic drops in start and stop city driving. Highly recommended!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Good for the money!

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo S80 T6 4dr Sedan (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 4A)

I have owned the S80T since Aug 2003 and have mixed feelings on the car. Decent acceleration & Braking. However, the turbo lag can be somewhat annoying. Love the Stepronic like shifter. The interior of the car is cheap. Tons of plastic. Volvo saved a ton going this route. If you have experienced a BMW, Lexus, or MB, you will be dissapointed. The main reason I bought the car was for the seats. These seats are incredable! The Stereo rocks when playing CD 's. However, the AM radio stinks. Several trips to the dealer to solve the ear popping crackling and interference have failed to solved the prob. Good Performance, Cheap interior, Great seats. 15K less than a BMW.




Acceleration hesitation

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Vehicle: 2003 Volvo S80 T6 4dr Sedan (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 4A)

We purchased the car for its safety performance and chose the T6 model for the performance and added features. The car is fantastic except for one problem: hesitation during acceleration. The car hesitiates between 1st and 2nd gear under moderate to heavy acceleration. After four trips to the dealer I discovered the hesitation problem is designed into the car to save the tranmission. Volvo is working on a software patch, however, I was told the acceleration hesitation will always be noticed. Why make twin turbo model if the throttle is cut during acceleration?



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 17
  • cty
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  • 24
  • highway
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Full 2003 Volvo S80 Review

What's New for 2003

Only minor changes are in store for Volvo's flagship sedan. Rain-sensing wipers and On-Call Plus telematics are newly available features, and two new colors, Titanium Grey and Ruby Red, dress up the exterior.

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abdknsn
abdknsn
11-06-2013
The 99-05 Volvo S80 and 2003-2005 XC90 models use the GM 4T65E transmission. They are prone to failure. The early versions (pre-2003) used a 4th clutch hub that didn't have hardened splines on the inp...


gdominique
gdominique
11-24-2012
I owned a Volvo s80 T6 2003. This past week, I've been receiving tis message about the transmission . I'm worried about it. Please direct as to the best way to approach it. Gone to the dealer is almo...


barrysharp
barrysharp
12-02-2002
No matter, I'm convinced the XC70/2003 is the car for my wife and me to replace our aging 86' 745 wagon. My wife has the S80 T6 2000 model which replaced her S90. The S90 (last of the rear wheel drive...