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#1023 of 2415 Performance on snowy roads?
Aug 21, 2002 (6:15 pm)
I just got my 2002 S80 2.9 this past Spring, so I don't know how it performs on the road under snowy/icy conditions. It doesn't have all-wheel drive, but rear wheel drive. All my other cars in the past have had front wheel drive. What can I expect from the Volvo under these driving conditions. Safe to drive?
I'd appreciate any input from those who have driven their Volvo under such conditions.
#1024 of 2415 Performance on snowy roads
Aug 22, 2002 (4:37 am)
Your 2002 S80 is front wheel drive. How did you get the impression it was rear wheel drive?
I found it not quite as good in snow as other front wheel drive vehicles with narrower tires.
Aug 23, 2002 (11:16 am)
Does S80 have "S" (sport) mode switch? My good old 960 has that. The car shifts a bit more aggressively if you turn it on.
#1026 of 2415 Idle Cycling / surging
Aug 23, 2002 (5:18 pm)
Message 982 above says that the dealer's cleaning of the throttle module corrected the problem. I plan to try that remedy myself. As you noted, it seems to occur only when the A/C is running and when both the ambient temperature is high and engine has gotten to operating temperature. I had it to the dealer twice for this problem, the last time citing the technical service bulletins dealing with this problem elsewhere on this site. Neither visit cured the problem, but it does seem to go away in the fall.
#1027 of 2415 Sport switch
Aug 24, 2002 (10:39 am)
"Does S80 have "S" (sport) mode switch? My good old 960 has that. The car shifts a bit more aggressively if you turn it on."
The S80 does have a switch, but it is a "W" switch. It is for bad road conditions such as ice, where the tranny starts in 2nd gear and modulates the power more to prevent wheel spin. As to aggressive vs Mz. Daisy mode, the tranny supposedly adapts automatically.
#1028 of 2415 Front passenger side suspension
Aug 26, 2002 (2:36 pm)
I have 1999 S80 2.9 w/ 54000 miles on it.
I hear click and clunk noise on my suspension when I go over the bump.
The probloem is that I don't hear anything after about 30 minutes of driveing or I have somebody on the passenger seat. It might be ball joint or just loosen nuts and bolts. What do you guys think? I don't want to take my car to the money hungry dealer and pay for the new ball joint but it is actually tightening the bolts and nuts...
Aug 27, 2002 (3:52 pm)
I paid $173.00 for a 10,000 mile inspection at my dealer. I never had a foreign car before so I do not know what to expect although I think this is ridiculously high. Wondering what is normal and if an oil, filter change will suffice at 15,000? Thanks for your input.
#1030 of 2415 7'500 or 10,000 mile inspection cost
Aug 30, 2002 (7:33 am)
You can reduce your expenses immensely if you study the scheduled maintenance recommendations and requirements charts in your warranty manual, and perform the "easy stuff" yourself (or have it done at an independent service facility).
At the first scheduled service (7500 miles), I checked all of the fluid levels, lubricated various contacting surfaces, and added distilled water to the battery. I had my dealer change the oil only, to ensure I had evdence of compliance with minimum warranty requirements. Total cost: $40.
At 15,000 miles, I also changed the pollen (cabin) filter, intake air filter, and front brake pads. Another $40 charge at the dealer.
When I reach 30,000 miles, it will be more expensive, because the brake fluid must be changed to keep the warranty in force. With my last Volvo, I paid $50 for that procedure in addition to the oil change.
#1031 of 2415 Reply to Message # 986 - n0v8or
Sep 01, 2002 (12:59 pm)
Somehow I got the impression from the salesman at the dealership that the car was rear wheel drive. I even questioned if he meant front wheel drive, and he said it was rear wheel drive. I could be mistaken, but somehow that point stuck with me about the car. I went with the car inspite of that, figuring it's one of the best and safest ones on the road.
I am enjoying the car immensely!
#1032 of 2415 advice
Sep 04, 2002 (9:14 pm)
i own a 1997 jeep grand cherokee limited with 77,000 miles. i've spent $3,500 maintaining it so far in 2002 with one problem after another. i have reached my capitulation point with this vehicle. i am looking at getting a 2000 volvo S80 T-6. i am also considering a cadillac seville STS and a lexus GS 300. but i really like what i've read about the volvo. the most important features my next car should have are reliability, longevity, and quickness. my jeep has failed to deliver these qualities. i would really appreciate any advice on considering purchasing the S80, or the lexus and cadillac. what are the pros and cons? thanks a lot.