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Volvo S80, Sedan
#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.
#1033 of 2415 "Service Urgent" warning message
Sep 05, 2002 (12:11 pm)
Yesterday I had a bit of a start. Suddenly, the "Service Urgent" message appeared with the amber "!" also lit. Got into the Volvo dealer this morning and they found a malfunctioning throttle electronic control. They replaced it and downloaded a software update on my car ("99 S80) at no cost, due to extended warranty on emission system (to 70K or 7 years--I'm at 56K).
I've never seen mention of a "Service Urgent" message here before, so I thought you all might be interested. The service manager never had seen it either.
Still love the vehicle. rld.
#1034 of 2415 Speaking of messages ...
Sep 06, 2002 (12:44 pm)
Does anyone know what is meant by message: "Bulb failure position light" (may not be exact). This has come on a couple of times--the first time when I had lost a headlamp. When the lamp was replaced, the message was gone. But it has come back a couple of times. I never see anything wrong with any lights, and after a day the message goes away. Any ideas?
#1035 of 2415 "bulb failure, position light"
Sep 07, 2002 (7:07 am)
"Position light" is Volvo-speak for what we call "parking" lights in the USA. These are all of the exterior lamps that turn on in the center position of the headlight switch (even with the ignition off). The current through some of the bulbs is continuously monitored. The most likely cause of the message is either an intermittent connection in a tail lamp socket, or a tail lamp that is dim or about to fail. At night turn your headlight switch to the center position, and look carefully at the 2 side-by-side tail lamps on each side. If one is slight dimmer than the other (or out), replace it and clean the socket contacts. It all look OK, just clean the contacts.
#1037 of 2415 End of lease purchase price:negotiable?
Sep 10, 2002 (7:10 pm)
The stated contractual price for my 2000 S80 at end of lease is $24000, rather high, I think, even though it has a navigation system (2.9 model I read earlier on this board that one owner reported volvo finance lowering the stated price on his contract. Does this happen often? Can one negotiate with volvo finance for a lower purchase price?
#1038 of 2415 End of lease purchase price:negotiable?
Sep 11, 2002 (5:00 am)
Absolutely. When the lease was about to expire on my last Volvo, I received an unsolicited phone call from VCNA who offered to sell me the car at $1500 less than the residual. It was a 1998 S70 and the residual was $18,200 in 2001. I could have probably purchased it for $16,000.
I decided to lease a new one instead.
#1039 of 2415 Navigation System - Install After Sale?
Sep 12, 2002 (5:08 am)
We bought an S80 without the navigation system. Does anyone know if it can be retrofitted by the dealer, and if so, what it might cost?
Also, does anyone have a non-Volvo navigation system they use?
Thanks for the help!
#1040 of 2415 transmission trouble
Sep 14, 2002 (3:49 pm)
I have a 2000 S80 T6 with 27K miles. Less than a month ago, it got its fourth transmission. #2 lasted seven months, #3 lasted seven months, and I have no reason to believe #4 will last more than seven months. Needless to say, I'm convinced the car is a lemon. I've started a dialog with the regional Volvo guy to trade it in and get another. Any comments or suggestions?
#1041 of 2415 End of lease buyout negotiations
Sep 15, 2002 (4:42 am)
Responding to Message #998. Would be interested to see how you do as we have a 2001 S80 with a residual of 24K+ coming due next year. Spoke to Volvo finance on gap insurance and got the impression they are very open to looking at an offer from us. Suggest you try to push for some kind of extended warranty on powertrain as I can assure you these toys are going to be MAJOR league expensive to fix!