The turbo of course takes premium gas. She's a pig for it at a staggering average of 17 miles to a gallon. So if you've got an aversion to 60 or 70 dollar fill ups his isn't the Volvo for you. Additionally she takes synthetic for the first 78k miles and then a blend to 120 making oil change pretty costly for the first few years. I've had this girl since she was new and I'm trading in for an S90. It's got 91000 miles and all it ever needed was motor mounts (400.00 bucks) and brakes (600.00 bucks). She's does eat up rear brakes a bit but not at an alarming rate like say an Audi does. I believe this wear is related to the small pad size and the overall weight of the car. It's a heavy car, probably make mostly of rocks. Tires will set you back a cool 800.00 bucks because you'll need a low profile extra wide bus tire to take the weight. The seats are great, better than an S class Mercedes or any Lexus in my opinion. The interior is laid out in an elegant simplicity that is very Swedish and logical giving you a much more relaxed driving experience. If you like your car to have enough buttons all over the place that it looks like a space ship, get a German car, they dig that look. Overall this is a good car. It was reliable beyond anything else, including my old S70, and it has enough power to let you move about with confidence. My primary gripe would be turning radius. This car by far has the worst turning radius of any car I've ever owned. You'll need to take a wide shot to get in and out of spots so it's not for the faint of heart when it comes to parking this big girl. Additionally the sat radio antenna is weak. I small stand of trees or a bush easily disrupt the signal. In the end it's a Volvo, they pretty much go forever and I'd recommend even an old one like this as a great used car at a good value.
Ordered and picked up for European delivery. Fabulous experience, seamless and excellent handling by Volvo from A-Z. Now NINE YEARS LATER - my S80 AWD V8 - looks and drives like a new car.. Volvo service has been incredible and I've had very few issues. I get an occasional check engine light that is difficult to diagnose. Resetting solves the issue. The radio broke. Volvo replaced it out of warranty no charge parts and labor. What don't I like? The rear seat room is a little tight, though the front is awesome. Very supportive seats for long hauls. The car uses premium; but in a vehicle of this size the transverse mounted V-8 makes the car a rocket ship (when needed). The pearl white metallic tri coat paint is an industry best. Five stars on a nine year old car in showroom condition - still turning heads - Ask me in another nine years! Love it.
Just bought one of these used for around 12K and have been floored by the quality of the vehicle.
I went out looking to buy a new (2016) vehicle but just was not impressed with any of the sub 30K offerings. I haven't bought a new vehicle in 18 years (drove a 1998 Mitsubishi Montero for that entire time) and I was expecting the offerings to have changed substantially in that time. Instead what I found was pretty looking vehicles with terrible visibility, cheap interiors, frustratingly anemic CVT's and lackluster fuel economy. If I'm going to drive an unresponsive brick I expect it to get close to 30 MPG overall, not 21 city 28 highway. My massive, old clunker of an SUV got 18 city 25 highway and was fast to boot.
So I was pretty disillusioned and decided to go have a look at some used vehicles. Our family has had many Volvos and apart from replacing turbo seals (an issue they have apparently resolved since 2001) never had any issues with them at all (and I'm talking not a single one of them has ever failed to start or had a single mechanical failure over about 40 years of combined driving, 5 cars over 8 years each).
So I started looking and was quickly interested in the AWD S80's particularly the turbo inline 6 or T6. I test drove a 2008 with 64000 miles and was elated. The car is solid as a tank, looks new, smells new, feels glued to the road and is a ROCKET! I bought the car as soon as we got back to the dealership.
The vehicle is a little slow getting through the first 3 gears unless you give it a little more gas but once it's going and especially on the highway, the car is untouchable. By far the fastest most responsive vehicle I've ever driven or ridden in with the exception of a standard BMW M5.
The ride is really smooth with almost no body roll even in tight turns and you feel glued to the pavement. The AWD is definitely noticeable versus front and rear wheel drive mostly as a reluctance of the car to deviate from the line it's on until you turn the steering wheel.
Like I said in the title, every aspect of this 2008 S80 is nicer than any new 2016 car I test drove and that includes safety features. You'd be a fool to pass on this car if you have a chance to get a low mileage one.
The Volvo S80 is a great car if you don't care about status but still have luxury. It is one of the safest cars on the road. Yes it's ride is so comfortable and disconnects you from the road but that is nice sometimes, especially on long trips. I own a Mini Cooper so I get my road jollys with that. People complain about the inadequate performance of the base engine. I find that to be a ridiculous statement. It's not a sports car, it's a luxury sedan that handles any road situation under normal circumstances. This is my second Volvo, my first bought new in 2003 and still have it at 235,000 mile. Volvos are known for longevity. Yes maintenance and some problems will arise but it's not as expensive as a BMW or Mercedes and will probably outlast both of them. This is a practical luxury car. It's not for people that care about what others think or how fast you can go from 0-60. I got Volvo's 2008 flagship with 48,000 miles on it for $12,500. Not bad for a car that should be around at 235,000 miles.
Update: after adding 25,000 miles to it, there have been no problems. Drives great.
I bought this vehicle because it was a much better value than comparable BMW and Mercedes models and it also does not come with the pretentious stigma commonly associated with owning one of this cars German competitors. My previous vehicle was a Mercedes ML 320, it had many problems and was worth less than $5,000 when I bought my S80 and I still got more comments from people about the vehicle that I drove. The S80 has a subtle presence while still offering most of the power and luxuries that come with owning a BMW or Mercedes. It is not as dynamic as a 5 series or a powerful as a E550 but it still has as much power, performance and comfort as you could want in an everyday driver.
Safety, V8 power, exhaust note, comfortable and simple interior, premium stereo, heated/cooled seats, AWD for NW Michigan winters, adjustable suspension, radar-guided cruise control