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#1041 of 2415 End of lease buyout negotiations
Sep 15, 2002 (5:42 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!
#1042 of 2415 Transmission problems
Sep 15, 2002 (5:51 am)
Respondong to message #1001. Have been hearing more and more about this lately! We have a 2001 S80 2.9 and have NEVER been satisfied with the transmission on this car. I have complained over and over but the dealer just keeps telling us the car is running to spec and they have done all the software upgrades they can. I can't believe that a vehicle of this price range would be designed so that at steady speed (between 40-50 mph) the car is supposed to lurch like it is slipping between gears.
We will have to decide next year whether or not to buy out the lease and would be very curious to see how things turn out with your discussions with Volvo.
#1043 of 2415 Re: 119 Driver Side Hand-Hold
Sep 15, 2002 (10:24 pm)
I found that my head smacked the hand-hold when I was going slow over RR tracks or turning off the road into my driveway. My 2000 S80 sets up a lateral oscillation and if the seat is at the highest setting and not back far enough I get smacked. It is definitely a potential killer in an accident. You can adjust the seat so you don't hit it but it would be better to remove the hand-hold.
#1044 of 2415 Excellent packaging, Unacceptable road noise
Sep 16, 2002 (9:14 am)
Leased 2000 S80 2.9 in October 1999. Lease now nearing completion with 42K and my thoughts on the car.
Exterior styling A+. still one of the nicer looking cars on the road.
Interior styling A. quality of materials is OK and design of interior is pleasing to the eye.
Reliability B+. a few recurrent repair issues, but all solved eventually under warranty.
Service A+. Have received excellent service from Volvo of Cerritos.
Safety A Feeling of security easily felt.
Road Noise F Insulation on car is terrible and completely unacceptable. Annoying wind noise around drivers window.
Summary - A beautiful car while parked, but I hate driving this car and would not recommend it to anyone. This is Volvo's largest sedan and the amound of road noise is comparable to many unacceptable American cars. Probably unfair to compare to Lexus or Infiniti for sound level, but the people at Volvo could have done a much better job of insulating this "luxury" vehicle. I will never drive another one.
#1045 of 2415 Re:#1005 Excellent packaging, Unacceptable road noise by bahokiki
Sep 16, 2002 (1:56 pm)
I have a 2000 T6 and agree with your comments for the most part. Re: the noise. Have you tried taping over the mirror hinge crack. I had lots of noise there, taped it to proove it and then inserted sticky velcro(fuzzy part) to fill the space and stop the noise.
#1046 of 2415 Re: Excellent packaging, Unacceptable road noise
Sep 16, 2002 (2:37 pm)
I had a 99 2.9 and it was whisper quiet inside. It has been by far the quietest car I have owned, or even been in. This is over Acura, BMW, and Mercedes. Maybe it was something with yours that could have been repaired. Did you mention it to your dealer? Mine was nothing but flawless. I even sold it to my Aunt and Uncle when I moved cross-country last year. It has close to 40,000 miles and they rave about how wonderful the car is everytime I talk to them.
#1047 of 2415 Excessive repairs
Sep 16, 2002 (7:16 pm)
I purchased my ’99 Volvo S80 T6 with 55,000 miles in December of 2000. While I love driving my car, I have been plagued with what I believe is excessive repairs. I wanted to reach out to other Volvo owners to see if it is just my car or if this is what one can truly expect when purchasing this car.
I have never been in any type of accident and have taken impeccable car of this car. (prompt oil changes, using the best tires (on the proper rotation schedule) only put premium gas in it….)
At 65,000 miles we started experiencing a stumbling in the engine, surge, hesitation, power loss, and will not start on the first attempt (this piece is still true today, have never been able to get this fixed)
At 68,000 miles returned to shop for the same issues as at 65K.
At 72,000 miles encountered the “emission system” light and paid for “general electrical” repairs. We were told that the gas cap was being placed on crooked.
At 74,000 miles back in for the “emissions system” warning light, shop was able to “cold start” vehicle (we haven’t) and also noted that the correct message displayed when start failed (so did they get it cold started or what?)
At 78,000 while in for regular lube & oil service they check all fluids and noted that brakes did not need replacing.
At 83,000 the “transmission slipping” light came on, they checked fluids and turned off light.
At 86,000 the “emission system” warning was again reset. We were told that the gas cap was being placed on crooked. However, Rob and I both checked the cap before taking into shop, it was not crooked.
At 89,000 replaced the cooling fan and EVAP Valve
At 90,000 the LF ABS Sensor needed to be replaced.
At 96,000 The “transmission” warning was traced to bad left front wheel speed sensor and was replaced. The top engine mount was replaced to prevent engine from knocking. They inspected the brakes for the sound made when barking and turning and replaced the HUB Axle Bolts and installed new ball joints.
At 97,000 we experienced a severe pull to the right and took back to the shop and it was determined that the inner tie rod socket was gone, so that was replaced and the Module was replaced. (don’t recall the name but it was $672.00)
Each repair was a major expense and I did not list all the times the “emission system” warning light has come on and had to be returned to the shop to be checked and shut off.
When we purchased this car from the original owners who had the car serviced regularly as well, I anticipated some maintenance requirements, but not to this extent.
The Volvo repair center keeps pointing to my miles. However I purchased the Volvo because of its reputation as an exceptional quality machine. I thought that with proper maintenance, this would be the last car I would ever need to purchase.
Any input would be greatly appreciated!
Sep 17, 2002 (9:34 am)
It may not be a good advice... Sometime I see warning message that I don't think it is important and must be some computer failure, I just disconnect battery for 20~30 minunetes after my S80 completely cools down (Its fan might still run when engine is hot). When I reconnect battery and start engine, the message is gone and dones not come up again...
I have 99 S80 2.9 at 54000 miles. I just had suspension problem costs me $1100... Other than that it is the quitest car and the most beautiful car I have ever afford.
#1049 of 2415 Non-Volvo Navi
Sep 17, 2002 (10:09 am)
Check out Garmin's Street Pilot Nav systems. I've got an MDX with the Navi and have seen the Garmin and it's a really sharp system for less money. Plus, moveable between vehicles which is a real plus.
#1050 of 2415 Exceesive repairs Message #1008
Sep 17, 2002 (3:51 pm)
In my opinion you are only going to go from bad to worse as the repair bills will become more frequent and expensive as the miles rack up. We have a 2001 and just made yet another appt. for it to go in due to problems with the transmission My tech (who is excellent) who we have dealt with for over 10 years confirmed the 99's are complete dogs and should be avoided at all costs.
We are going to dump ours at the end of the lease and keep our old 740 and my advice is you should do the same.
For LOTS of info on these cars try brickboard.com's S80 discussion board.