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Volvo S80, Sedan
#1159 of 2415 Power Steering, Door Locks, and Other Gripes
Feb 18, 2003 (12:10 pm)
I am the "proud" owner of a 2000 S80 2.9, and am in the 33rd month of a 39 month lease. My lease ends in mid-August 2003, and am counting the days until I can turn the car in.
Recently (within the past 2 weeks), the power steering on the car has been making a LOT of groaning and wheezing noises. This problem occurs randomly, but always starts when I first start up my car in the morning and usually lasts until I turn off the ignition or park it for the night. I am wanting to blame the cold weather for this (I live in Boston, and it seems the average high temp. for the past month has been 15 degrees). However, I am starting to think it is more of a defect or suddenly-occuring problem. I am taking my car in on the 27th to get it fixed.
In addition, the driver's door lock has taken on a life of its own. It won't unlock itself automatically. I have to either use the key to open it or yank it open with my hand. I can no longer use the remote to arm or disarm the alarm; it has to be done by using the key in the door lock. This problem will also be looked at on the 27th. This has also been the latest in a series of door lock problems I've had. Each time I've taken it in to the dealer, they always say nothing is wrong. Hopefully, this current problem won't suddenly fix itself before I take it in.
Anyway, with all the problems I've had with this car - power steering, door locks, door seals disintegrating, car surging or slipping out of gear, etc. - I am glad I have less than 6 months with this car. Hopefully nothing major will occur before then. I am also hesitant to lease/buy another Volvo, thinking the problems I've had with the S80 will happen with the new car.
#1160 of 2415 re: 1146 Navigation System?
Feb 19, 2003 (4:50 pm)
I have the NAV system on my '01 S80. It was CD-based that year. As far as I know, virtually all manufacturers' NAV systems use Navtech's database (on the CD or DVD you get) and software. So the performance is pretty similar (though a DVD will cover a much larger area - more data). As with all systems, they're not perfect in terms of road selection, but they'll get you there.
A big plus for the Volvo is the placement of the NAV. It's near the windshield, where you can glance at it without taking your eye off the road. I get tired of the audio, so I just turn it off and use the visuals. The screen could be a little bigger, but it's okay. I chose Volvo over Lexus GS (in '01) due to 1) NAV screen placement, 2) Lexus forced other controls (radio, AC) to the NAV screen, which seemed awkward, 3) S80 more spacious and 4) no radio controls on Lexus steering wheel (unless you sprang for the GS430).
Mar 01, 2003 (8:48 am)
Does anyone have a K&N air filter installed? I have a 2003 s80 2.9 and was wondering if I would benefit from installing one. Not unhappy with the power of the car, but if I can get more, why not? Will it void my warantee?
#1162 of 2415 Re:1161 K&N Air Filter by dmarcus48
Mar 01, 2003 (2:04 pm)
With any oil soaked filter you run the risk of getting oil in the mass air flow sensor, which will kill this expensive part. This has been reported as a problem on Volvo BBs. I tend to trust Volvo to supply a filter which will give the engine maximum protection. Why take a chance?
#1163 of 2415 Potential good deal ?
Mar 01, 2003 (2:50 pm)
There is a Volvo dealer in my area that still has several new 2002 S80 models. Considering they are soon to be 2 years old would you expect to get very good pricing on these models? Anyone with experience in this situation? Thoughts on specific discounts?
#1164 of 2415 Re:1161 K&N Air Filter
Mar 01, 2003 (3:19 pm)
Thanks, this makes sense, I'll take your advise.
#1165 of 2415 Potential good deal
Mar 01, 2003 (3:21 pm)
I was able to lease a 2003 s80 2.9 for $7700 under invoice. Volvo was running a great deal which expired 2/28. my2003 is going to be a short year, you might want to check around.
Mar 02, 2003 (7:31 pm)
I currently own a 2001 V70 T5. My son got his Learners Permit (PA) on friday, and I have realized that this car is way to fast for him to learn on, however it is the best for him to learn on as our Excursion and my Audi A8 won't work.
I went to my local volvo dealer (where I leased the car from), to discuss getting out of the lease early and getting into something may be a little slower then a T5. That day they had gotten in a 2000 S80 2.9 with 30,000 miles on it. My rep. said that she will be certifying it and if I am interested will give me first crack at it (I have been with the dealer for almost 13 years now). Here are the options:
17" wheels (the higher end T6 looking wheels, lots of spokes on them).
The upgrade traction control
Cd changer in the trunk
she is seling it for $22,900 and is willing to go as low as $21,500.
Is this is a good deal? I will probably finance it through volvo finance just to make it easier getting out of my currently lease (which has another year left).
What do you all think?
Mar 03, 2003 (2:20 pm)
I ran the specs through the used car link and the dealer price was something like $19700. I guess the certified car status and the warantee that they should give you are worth something, so $21500 isn't that bad. Plus if you like doing business with that dealer.....Maybe they can go a little lower, $500?, just to make you feel better.
Mar 08, 2003 (1:01 pm)
According to my dealer an AWD S80 will be available as a 2004 model. It will have the 5 cylinder turbo engine used in the new SUV type vehicle available now. Any other rumblings about this! rld.