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2003 Volvo S80

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Good car!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Mark Lewis
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Vehicle

2003 Volvo S80 2.9 4dr Sedan (2.9L 6cyl 4A)


Review

This is an excellent car. It's fun to drive, and it gets good gas mileage. I consistently get 430 miles to the tank. The only problem I have is that the rear passenger speaker produces static. Other than that, the car accelerates well, takes turns well, hugs the road and has plenty of amenities. The trunk is very large. The hinges fold into the side and not into the well of the trunk. It gives you more space. That's especially important when you are grocery shopping for a family of 5! Overall, it's a great car.


Best Features

Interior and exterior design, trunk and accelerator.


Worst Features

Improve the sound system. Get rid of the static.


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S-80 T-6 Excellent Vehicle
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By Thom
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2003 Volvo S80 T6 Elite 4dr Sedan (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 4A)


Review

I bought this vehicle in late 2002 as a replacement for the exact same vehicle (including color) in a 2001 model. The 2001 was terrific and this one has been even better. I bought it in CA but live in TX now. The drive across country was very comfortable and I take this car whenever I have to go on long trips. This is my NINTH Volvo since 1974 - but I've had lots of other vehicles as well. The lease just expired on this one but I bought it and will keep it for a long time to come. Volvo of Orange County CA is the best dealer coast to coast. I've had Volvos from Boston to Houston to California but V.O.C. is the best!


Best Features

By far the best feature is the comfort of the seats. Whether on a short drive or long journey, its always comfortable. After 10 hours driving I still feel great. The sound system and handling are terrific too. SAFETY is awesome. I was T-boned in this one and walked away fine.


Worst Features

Re-configure the built-in telephone so it can be programmed for use on any cellular carrier rather than limited to Cingular / AT&T.


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Good for the money!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Jack B
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2003 Volvo S80 T6 4dr Sedan (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 4A)


Review

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.


Best Features

The seats rock in the S-80. The stereo cranks when playing CD's. It no BMW but for the money it's decent car.


Worst Features

Enhance the interior with quality appointments. AM radio stinks, Poor reception.


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Acceleration Hesitation
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By Harder99
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2003 Volvo S80 T6 4dr Sedan (2.9L 6cyl Turbo 4A)


Review

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?


Best Features

Safety, comfort, rain-sensing wipers are awesome!


Worst Features

Fix the hesitation problem.


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Best Volvo Yet!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By S80 2003
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Vehicle

2003 Volvo S80 2.9 4dr Sedan (2.9L 6cyl 4A)


Review

This is my third Volvo and the 2003 S80
2.9 is outstanding. Fit and finsh are
the best I've seen on any car. Solid
performance, comfort, and avg 25 mpg!


Best Features

Snapy engine response with excellent gas miles for a big car. The cabin comfort is really really good for long drives.


Worst Features

Smaller center console at the pedals for knee room...bigger elbow rests.


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