Leased three S80 T6's in Jan, 01. Two
of us would never buy one
again. Quality isn't there
for a car in this price range.
Electronics have been terrible:
numerous bulbs replaced, shorts in one
car, bad seals around the headlamps,
the driver's seat on one rocks during
acceleration or braking.
The cars have high cost of ownership:
never had a visit under $500, unless
it was for a recall,which we've had
three or four.
Mileage makes us believe this is
prevelant throughout, after three
years we have one with 70K, another
with 55K and the last one has 45K.
BTY: Consumer Reports in April of 2002
ranks the S80 and the S60 as "do not
Great speed - long live the turbo!
Electronics, sound system, body fit
and trim - all need drastic
improvement. Dealer attitude - hey
guys, it's a car! Not an experience.
The Volvo S80 T6 has been a joy
to drive. The T6 provides power
for that quick acceleration whenever
needed, and a smooth and comfortable
ride cruising along the highway.
A sound system that is second to none,
and innovative safety features make
the S80 the smart alternative to
more expensive BMW 5-series or the
overrated Audi 6.
All-wheel drive option
Suspension/Handling on bumpy roads
Overall, a good car but with some
notable problems. The car failed to
start when almost brand new and the
dealer asked if I had another set of
Volvo keys on the same keychain! It
appears that their keys contain a
microchip that has caused starting
problems if together(this was not the
problem in my case and they couldn't
diagnose the cause). The dealer never
mentioned this problem when I bought
the car. Windshield wipers are weak and
the car is not nearly as good as my old
1997 Saab 9000 in the snow. I have had
difficulty making it up some very low
inclines with very little snow on the
ground. Comfortable seating in front
Acceleration with the non-turbo is
excellent. The Turbo for city driving
is actually too powerful.
Headlights weak and the
foglights are worse. Dealer uses
strong-arm tactics to get you to give
them excellent ratings (i.e. "10's") in
customer surveys after buying and
service experiences. Dealer reputation
in service is poor.
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