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Volvo S80, Sedan
#1433 of 2415 re: age old questions
Dec 20, 2003 (2:11 pm)
The manual says to use 91 octane gasoline. That said I really don't find any difference between Amoco silver and gold which are 89 and 93 octane. No difference in gas mileage or performance. Also, I have a 2003 s80 2.9, every other car I've had I've always changed the oil after the first 1000 miles and then 3000 miles from then on. When I got my volvo I posted the question of oil changes on multiple boards along with asking the dealer. Was told 7500 mile intervals. So that's what I'm doing.
#1434 of 2415 99 - S80 - Battery drain
Dec 20, 2003 (10:26 pm)
First midwest winter for a North Texas Volvo S80. After not using for a couple of days the orignal battery was dead. Got a new one, after a week of using the car everyday the new battery is dead too. Any clues for the battery drain?
#1435 of 2415 Re: 99 - S80 - Battery drain
Dec 23, 2003 (2:10 pm)
Could be anything from a glove box or trunk light on, to alternator not charging. You need a voltmeter across the battery while idling to check the alternator. SB 12v with engine off and above 13v while idling. Flip trunk latch with a screwdriver with the trunk open to check, or peek thru the rear armrest.
#1436 of 2415 Looking to purchase 1999 S80 T6
Dec 24, 2003 (9:14 pm)
Any advise or suggestions or concerns from owners of this model/year? It's been very frustrating to read very bad reviews about this car. I thought Volvo cars were well made cars. Where is the battery in this car?
Dec 25, 2003 (1:16 pm)
Volvos are great cars, and they're very well made. Nobody ever said they were maintenance free though.
#1438 of 2415 '99 Battery Drain
Dec 26, 2003 (2:03 pm)
Have you (recently) been leaving your key in the ignition while the car is parked in a locked garage? My S80 will run the battery down in an hour when the key is left in, even in the "off" position.
#1439 of 2415 2003 S80 Tire Rotation
Dec 29, 2003 (7:59 am)
The owners manual says to rotate tires each 7500 miles and to rotate front to rear and rear to front but never to criss-cross to other side. The car has 17" Michelins.
This is totally different from the recommendations for US cars I have owned. They have been to move rear tires to the front on same side and to criss-cross the front tires to the rear. Also, the US manuals say the first rotation should be at 4-5000 miles, then at 6-8000 mile intervals.
I haven't called the dealer to ask if they follow the manual. It seems very few Volvo owners do any of their own maintenance based on the reactions to questions posed to the service dept. I have always done all oil/filter changes and tire rotations. I would bet the tire shops do not follow Volvo's recommendations on tire rotation.
Would appreciate any comments on tire rotation procedures and intervals. I had planned to rotate at 5000 miles until seeing the 7500 mile recommendation without any mention of the first one.
#1440 of 2415 Re: 99 - S80 - Battery drain
Dec 29, 2003 (9:32 am)
Battery drain did not happen in the past one week. Not sure what caused it. Planning to go to the dealer to get Alternator checked.
We have been very happy with S80 for the past three years plus.
Thanks for your suggestions.
#1441 of 2415 Ignition - '00 S80 2.9
Dec 29, 2003 (12:46 pm)
Sometimes when I turn the key in the ignition the key turns a full rotation before going to the normal start position. Before I get the owner's manual out of the glove box, has anyone else experienced this? Thanks.
Dec 30, 2003 (6:56 am)
Interested in '04 S80 "retired loaner" w/ 6K miles. Dealer only offering $1500 f/ depreciation. Has come down to $31K. Good deal? Using invoice of $38K, less $5K dealer incentive, less $1500 f/ depreciation. I feel they should offer more (around $3K f/ dep). Am I correct in thinking this? Any advice is appreciated! Dealer won't even consider Edmunds TMV of $36K.