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Slow, unreliable, and poor handling.
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By Pearson
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1999 Volvo S80 2.9 4dr Sedan


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This is by far the most costly car anyone could buy. Volvos are the third most expensive brand of car to own and I got to experience the brunt of that with this. I put $5k of repairs into it, drove it slowly, braked lightly, and never went fast, used the expensive gas, and nice oil yet this car would still break down easily every 2.5k miles and every repair would be about $1k. Its not a fast car. It doesn't handle well. It doesn't get good mpg. There is no reason to own a Volvo. I am glad to say I upgraded to a 1988 Camry that has better acceleration and is cheap to own and is reliable.


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Buy it if you can afford to maintain it.
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By Philip Townsend
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1999 Volvo S80 2.9 4dr Sedan


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I enjoy this car, purchased it with 142k miles 2years ago. Had a no start, no charge problem last summer, replaced battery with used $30 battery, good as new. Happened again this year, this time alternator gave out, replaced both battery and alternator for $400. I did the labor myself and saved about $400.
I only put castrol edge full synthetic oil, usually on sale for $40 for 5 quarts and filter. Car take 7.29 liters, you do the math.
Update 8-10-2016:
Recently had CEL read evap system and cylinder 5 misfire. Then loss of power and performance when warmed up. Changed spark plugs and ignition coil, no change. Cleaned out ETM then it ran like a champ for a while. CEL and engine service system urgent came out again. I might need a new ETM or rebuild now. Bought code reader but shows no codes, magically disappeared. Might be time to find a newer one with a 2.5 or 4.4.


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hissing noise/brake concern
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By jackson99
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1999 Volvo S80 2.9 4dr Sedan


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Been hearing a hissing noise now for several months..understand may be a booster problem?
What's this going to cost and will it get worse and brakes eventually fail?
Thanks for any help!


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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By lynnmckeel
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1999 Volvo S80 2.9 4dr Sedan


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I really wanted to like this car. It was so comfertable and I felt very safe all of the time. Drove like a dream.
However it has been a constant money pit
The car has 163,000 miles on it so it is old but its not going to last with out hundreds maybe thousands of dollars invested.
Its been constant for the last two years:
In addition routine work I have also had to replace struts, fix the fuel pump, the coils, the head light got busted and the electics have never been the same, the ac is shot, the power locks are shot, had to have the power steering fixed, and ALL of the fabric lining is coming off.
Lots of money, time, and towing


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Soo safe, so comfertable, drives like a dream


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needs to be more reliable


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Please stay away from this car.
7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By jd1isa2
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1999 Volvo S80 T6 Turbo 4dr Sedan


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I bought the car last year and has been a big vacuum due to all the repairs. from the transmission, to the airbags, to suspension. Everything went wrong. Stalled on me several times.

Bought it because of the Volvo safety reputation, but totally not worth it.

Heard the later versions are markedly better but I'm staying away from this car.


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